In today’s world, many little helpers made of plastic are almost indispensable to our everyday life. Whether the shrink-wrapped tomatoes in the supermarket, the staple gun in the office or our smartphone: we find plastic everywhere. It makes our lives easier, but destroys our environment. But there are many situations in which you could intentionally do without plastic. We show you how to do this with a few small tips:
1. Avoid coffee to go cups
It is best to leave the house 5 minutes earlier and simply enjoy your coffee in your favorite café on site! And if you’re in a hurry, you can grab your thermo mug at home and have the coffee poured into it. You don’t burn your mouth, the hot coffee doesn’t spill on your hand when you run and you also avoid unnecessary garbage.
2. Drink tap water instead of dragging plastic bottles
In one of the most advanced countries in the world where you can safely drink tap water almost anywhere, it sounds kind of absurd that you can buy still water in plastic bottles. In addition to plasticizers, PET bottles can also contain other unhealthy substances. If you switch to tap water and a refillable stainless steel bottle, you not only save money but also a lot of plastic waste. And everyone who does not live on the ground floor or can enjoy the luxury of an elevator knows: “Better risk dropping everything than running twice” also works better without the water six-pack.
3. Use wooden spoons
Plastic or wood? Which material catches your eye when you look into your kitchen drawer? Wooden spoons, spatulas and spatulas in all shapes and colors. But what actually happens when you stir with a plastic spoon in hot food? When does plastic dissolve? Wood products, on the other hand, even have an antibacterial effect and are therefore more hygienic than their plastic competitors. If you prefer to be on the safe side, then convert your kitchen to untreated wood products. So you do not have to be afraid of melamine, microplastics or formaldehyde in your food and protect your body and the environment.
4. Use solid hair care & soap in one piece
It is an integral part of our bathrooms: liquid soap from a plastic dispenser. Most donors end up in the trash as soon as they are empty. Although refillable soap dispensers are more environmentally friendly, they are usually not plastic-free either. But the good old bar of soap is best for the environment and nature . You can get them in your favorite scent and without any plastic packaging. It’s the same with hair care – just switch to Foamie Fixed Hair Care and save plastic!
5. Buy milk and yogurt in a glass
You can only buy yoghurt in a plastic cup and milk is only available in a tetrapak? Not correct! Almost all supermarkets have milk and yoghurt in glasses. Here you should make sure that they are reusable glasses and that the products are sourced regionally . With short transport routes, these products do not need plastic and have a great ecological balance. So-called “milk filling stations” have been springing up in many places in rural areas for several years. Here regional farmers offer their milk for bottling themselves in glass bottles. Sounds exciting and is worth a trip, right?
6. Buy fruit and vegetables without packaging
The organic cucumber is shrink-wrapped, the tomatoes are in a plastic cup, the fresh herbs are in a plastic planter, protected by a plastic cover. On your next visit to the supermarket, pay close attention to the fruit and vegetable department : here the plastic packaging will literally catch your eye. But here too there are mostly alternatives without outer packaging. And another note: Almost all types of fruit and vegetables make it home unscathed without the small foil bags that are everywhere on rolls.
7. Avoid the plastic bag
Hand on heart: Do you have a bag at home where you can collect other bags? How many of them have you used a second time? In the short term, the superfluous plastic bags can be used as garbage bags for the yellow sack. Cotton fabric bags are the best : when folded, they even fit in any jacket pocket. So you not only create order in your bag closet but also do something good for the environment.
8. Avoid ready meals
Frozen pizza, bag pasta and sauces in all variations. Ready meals are not only for situations in which “it has to be quick again” but also untalented chefs can eat something different every day. But most of the ready meals are not only full of sugar, fats and artificial additives, but also in a lot of packaging and plastic. Delicious and healthy is written here in small letters. Better cook fresh and do something good for yourself and nature. And if it has to be quick: How about a scrambled egg with fresh herbs and fresh bread?
9. Pay attention to ingredients in cosmetics
Liquid soap, peels, shower gel or mascara: microplastics are hidden in many of these products – under various names. The small particles can hide behind names such as polyethylene (PE) or polyquaternium (PQ). Liquid synthetic polymers, i.e. substances that are difficult to degrade in the environment, can also be hidden in cosmetics. Alternative: Solid soap for personal hygiene is a good alternative. Shampoo and hair treatment are also available in solid form – as with Foamie. Coffee grounds, sugar or sea salt can be used for scrubs. And the most important thing: pay attention to the ingredients when buying cosmetics and read the small print.
10. Use plastic several times
If plastic cannot be avoided, try to reuse it. Ice cream cans can be used excellently as lunch boxes, for example.
* Source: hofmeister-shop.de