Even better than plastic recycling is avoiding plastic in everyday life. In this article we collected a few ideas.
Plastic takes years to decompose, quite the opposite of an apple for example. Plastic remains in our environment until it decomposes and pollutes the environment while microplastic enters the food chain. To protect our environment, the world we live in, it is important to reduce our plastic consumption.
When you go to the supermarket today, it is not that easy to buy an item without plastic. The vegetables and fruits, the cereals or bread are packed in plastic. Even items such as toothbrush, toothpaste and toys are made of plastic. However, there are tricks and ideas to replace everyday plastic items with other things.
Maybe you already know tricks to exchange plastic with other materials or have ideas? If so, please let us know in the comments!
Packaging for lunch:
If you take lunch to school, how do you transport it? Is it wrapped in foil, in a plastic or paper bread bag, or is it in a lunch box? Lunch boxes are convenient. You can wash and reuse them without producing waste.
What kind of toothbrush do you have? Can you replace the bristles or do you throw away the entire toothbrush and then trade it in for a new one? There are wooden toothbrushes and toothbrushes with exchangeable bristle heads. This way, the entire toothbrush does not end up in the trash, but only a small part.
Washing hands with soap:
What kind of soap do you use to wash your hands? Is it the fun liquid soap you squeeze from a so-called soap dispenser or a slippery bar of soap? A bar of soap is often not wrapped in plastic and will last longer than liquid soap. How about a test where you test the shelf life of both soaps?
What kind of water bottle do you have in your backpack right now? When you finish it, do you throw it away or do you use it many more times? Water bottles that you can use again and again come in many colors and shapes and protect our environment.
Did you eat cereal or cornflakes with milk or yogurt this morning? What kind of packaging did it come out of? Was it tetrapacks or yogurt cups or was the milk and yogurt in glass bottles or jars?
This article was translated from German.
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