It is a sad fact: we are spilling our planet. If we do not change our consumption behavior very quickly, sooner or later this will take its toll – probably sooner rather than later.
Above all, plastic is a huge problem: the oceans – including their inhabitants – are full of it, marine animals die painfully and former dream beaches turn into dumps. Bitter climax: By 2025, more plastic parts than fish will swim in the sea. What does all this have to do with you? More than you might think.
When is a product sustainable? Why should I consume sustainable at all? Is it really worth it to separate garbage? We have put together some helpful tips and information .
1. Reusable straws
I do not know why, but I like to drink juice, smoothies and shakes with a straw. In order not to waste tons of plastic or paper, I decided to use reusable stainless steel straws . They are cheap, sustainable and easy to clean. Alternatively, you can also use straws made of glass or bamboo .
2. Own to-go cup
My big vice: I love coffee from to-go cups! It’s similar to the straws: Somehow the latte macchiato tastes better in it than out of the cup. The solution: Packing your own reusable tumbler – you fill it with coffee at home, not only protects the environment, but also your wallet. Plus: Many cafes give you a discount if you have your own cup with you. A win-win situation!
3. Lunch box
Eat every day? Goes pretty well into the money. It also pollutes the environment when you buy something to go – after all, the food has to be packaged somehow. To get around that, you have several options:
- Meal Prep: prepare food at home, put it in a reusable can and take it to work. This saves time, money and garbage.
- Take glasses with you: Do not feel like cooking? Then take empty glasses or bowls with you to the restaurant and have your bought food filled in there.
4. Shop unpacked
Ever shopped in an unpacked shop? There you bring your own containers with you and you can buy all the products – from dish soap to cereal to yoghurt – without additional packaging. That even exists for cosmetics! A pioneer in the field of unpackaged care and beauty products is of course the British company Lush: In addition to colorful soaps and face masks, the company also has solid shower gel, shampoo, eye shadow and foundation on offer. Brand new: “Naked” Highlighter without plastic wrap with the pretty name “Glow Stick” Are you unhygienic? With a wax holder you can hold your make-up without greasing yourself, and thanks to a clever recipe, all parts are self-preserving.
5. Shopping bag
A jute bag weighs nothing, can be folded tiny and fits in any purse – besides, you get the parts really thrown after as giveaways. Whether that’s particularly sustainable, might be the next question – but if you have a home, you can also pack it and go shopping instead of constantly buying new bags. The waste prevention is really not easier.
6. Save paper
Write shopping lists? I do too – but instead of scrambling heaps of paper that ends up in the garbage, I type in everything in my iPhone. Practical: Since I always have it with me, I can update the list on the way.
7. Dispose of garbage
“In the end everything ends up in a ton anyway.” Many people have no desire to separate their garbage – and always bring the same argument. But why should the city cleaning then make all the effort with the separate collection systems?
Clean waste such as paper, glass and metals are raw materials that are always recycled when disposed of separately by households in the collection systems envisaged, and only certain plastic packaging waste is not suitable for recycling because it is either technical too expensive and therefore expensive or because there is no demand for these recycled plastics.
Biofuel is used to produce climate-friendly biogas and compost. Waste separation is therefore always useful. “So no more excuses.