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How do I live without plastic?

10 tips: How can I reduce or completely avoid plastic?

 

Jedes Jahr im Juli stellen sich Millionen von Menschen weltweit der Herausforderung auf Plastik zu verzichten. Für mindestens einen Monat im Juli. Der sogenannte Plastic Free July entstand 2011 in Australien mit dem Ziel, die Menschen zu einem Umdenken in Bezug auf ihren Plastikverbrauch zu bewegen und sich gegen die Plastikverschmutzung einzusetzen. Auch wenn wir alle bereits viele Tipps dazu gehört haben, die Veränderung steckt oft in vielen Details unseres täglichen Lebens. Wir möchten Ihnen in diesem Beitrag Tipps und Inspirationen dazu geben.

 

Schließen Sie sich der globalen Bewegung des Plastic Free Julys an um Plastikmüll zu reduzieren. Wir müssen nicht darauf hinweisen wie verheerend das Plastikmüllproblem für den Planeten, unsere Natur und Tiere ist. Sie sehen die Fakten tagtäglich in den Medien, wir schreiben auch in einigen unserer Blogs darüber. Einwegplastik ist jedoch auch ungemein gefährlich für den menschlichen Körper, da es hormonverändernde Stoffe wie BPA, BPS und auch Mikroplastik an unseren Organismus abgibt. Das zeigte erst vor kurzem die Wissenschaft und warnte vor diesen Stoffen, die in schockierenden Mengen im Blut und Magen der Mehrheit der Testteilnehmer gefunden wurden. Die Plastic Free July Challenge empfehlen wir deshalb das ganze Jahr über mitzumachen, und zwar nicht nur für saubere Straßen und saubere Ozeane, sondern auch für die Gesundheit aller Lebewesen dieser Erde, uns Menschen inkludiert. Möchten Sie Teil von Plastic Free July sein und Plastikmüll reduzieren?

 

 

How can I reduce or completely avoid plastic?

Gute Nachricht: Jeder kann mitmachen. Sie können klein anfangen oder sich selbst herausfordern! Lassen Sie sich von den unten stehenden Punkten inspirieren. Teilen Sie die Tipps mit Ihren Freunden und Kollegen und teilen Sie Ihre eigene Challenge, nämlich was genau Sie dazu beisteuern mit #plasticfreejuly in Social Media Kanälen.

 

Download your plan "Challenge Yourself“.

 

Fangen Sie mit den Top 4 Plastikmüllarten an, die Sie unbedingt vermeiden bzw. mit nachhaltigen Alternativen ersetzen sollten:

1. Plastic Bags

Say no to plastic bags at supermarkets and shops, bring your own cloth bag or backpack. Also with take-aways avoid the plastic bag and other disposable materials. If you forget your bag at home, buy one made of natural fibres, ethically produced cotton, jute, hemp, or recycled plastic.

2. Water Bottles

Many people buy plastic water bottles when they are out and about and throw them away after one use. Get a reusable water bottle and avoid those single-use plastic traps. Avoid buying bottles made of single-use plastic and instead bring your own water bottle everywhere to fill up water or other drinks. At aboutwater, we offer several alternatives that can even be printed with your name and logo. We only offer high quality water bottles made from sustainable, robust materials that are free from microplastics, BPA and other chemicals and plasticisers. We offer lightweight, extremely robust, attractive Glass Bottles made of Borosilicate Glass and Kavodrink Tritan Bottles. If you already own an aboutwater bottle, then post your story to #plasticfreejuly with #aboutwaterbottles instead of #singleusebottles or #saynotosingleuseplastic. These are only ideas on how we can mobilise people together to switch to plastic alternatives.

Take it a step further by providing refillable water stations in your own business or suggesting it to your boss. The sale of water and drinks in disposable bottles should also be discussed in schools, gyms and health facilities.

In most countries in Europe, tap water can be enjoyed perfectly and there are more and more refill stations. Here is a map with refill stations in Germany (you might find a similar map in your country). And if you are travelling, in big cities, faraway countries or camping, you can take a portable water filter in the form of a bottle or canister from LifeSaver with you. The Ultrafilter offers worldwide protection against contaminated water and you also travel plastic-free.

3. Take Your Coffee Mug with You

Most coffee mugs are not recycled. Bringing your own reusable coffee mug or taking the time to dine at your favourite café can make a big difference. If you have forgotten your own coffee cup to go and don't have time to consume in the café itself, at least order your coffee without plastic lids.

4. Plastic Straws

Many bars and cafés still add a plastic straw to every drink. Reduce plastic waste and protect the environment and wildlife by ordering your drink without a plastic straw or bringing your own reusable alternative.

5. Hygiene Products

For hygiene products such as soap, shampoo or men's and women's hygiene products, there are many low-cost, sustainable and fantastic alternatives to these mostly single-use plastic-based products. Solid shampoos and soaps packaged in cardboard, paper or fabric, toothbrushes made of bamboo, wood or with replaceable brush heads, razors with replaceable recyclable blades, reusable make-up removal pads, toothpaste without microplastics, tube made of recycled plastic and much more.

6. Food Packaging

Try to avoid plastic packaging in general for food and supermarket products. Choose the plastic-free alternative, loose fruits and vegetables without packaging and without plastic bags. Fruits and vegetables have their own skin as packaging, you can wash them at home or remove the skin. It is best to buy fruits and vegetables from the local farmer or at a market with your carrier bag. Organic, healthy and environmentally friendly.

Vast amounts of single-use plastic in the form of food packaging end up on supermarket shelves, in our homes and consequently end up in landfills. These products enable the fast lifestyle to which we are already too accustomed. Our industrialised system demands this lifestyle of productivity and growth at any cost, even at the expense of the health of our planet and all its inhabitants.

7. Renounce Plastic Garbage Bags

Choose not to use plastic garbage bags, because unfortunately they too end up in landfills. Think about how many plastic garbage bags you use. Whether at home or in the office and at your work-place, you can try to avoid them. How? There are some good alternatives to plastic bags and sacks, for example:

  • Lining the dustbin with a few sheets of newspaper.
  • Using certified compostable rubbish bags
  • Using the "naked" bin. The bin or bucket can simply be washed out as needed. You can avoid extra odours by: wrapping the organic waste in newspaper first
  • Composting food waste at home

8. Balloons, Decorations and Wrapping Paper

Replacing wrapping paper, balloons and other party decorations made from disposable plastic with reusable and eco-friendly alternatives is the right way to celebrate sustainably. Why not wrap presents in newspaper next time? Everyone will enjoy it if you not only think of the recipient, but also of the environment. And the surprise remains.

9. Food Storage

Cling film is unfortunately a core element in most households. Many products are also packaged with it. However, there are alternatives that are just as effective but more sustainable. Let's try to reduce plastic waste here too.

Storing and packaging food in reusable containers is a good start. You can also buy reusable silicone trays or use plates to cover food in bowls, pots and pans. There are also reusable cloth sleeves or wax sheets to store food in.

10. Buy Less

Before you buy something, consider whether you really need it, whether you need that much of it and whether it is of use. It's best to only buy things that can be reused for a long time and nothing that is only meant to be used once. Think about whether there is a more sustainable alternative. Your buying behaviour has a big impact. People are rethinking their buying behaviour more and more, they ask a friend beforehand to borrow something or buy more second-hand and especially things with a long life span.

Only 16 percent of plastic waste in Germany is reused for new products. The rest is incinerated or shipped abroad (Plastikatlas). It may sometimes seem difficult to go completely plastic-free, but a drastic reduction is definitely possible.

Zero Waste may never be possible, but we can achieve the goal of Plastic Free July - to use less single-use plastic. These are the first steps in the right direction.

If you want to explore the topic even more, we can recommend these 5 documentaries about plastic .

Sources:

www.plasticfreejuly.org/blog/top-4-plastics-to-avoid-by-the-zero-waste-chef/

www.plasticfreejuly.org/get-involved/what-you-can-do/

www.plasticfreejuly.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Plastic-Free-July_Action-Picker_Getting-started.pdf

www.the-ognc.com/lifestyle/zero-waste/plastic-free-july-tipps/

www.the-ognc.com/lifestyle/5-empfehlenswerte-dokumentationen-ueber-plastik/

www.boell.de/sites/default/files/2022-01/Boell_Plastikatlas%202019%206.Auflage_V01_kommentierbar.pdf

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