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Avoiding plastic waste in everyday life – the 7 best tips

The world is literally sinking into garbage. Did you know that around 417 million tons of waste are currently produced in Germany every year? Ascending trend. The proportion of packaging waste is particularly worrying. In 2018, the total figure was around 18.9 million tons. trend also increasing. So it is high time to act.
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Would you also like to avoid more plastic waste? Excellent! Then just take a close look at what ends up in your trash can. Pick a specific product and try to replace it with an eco-friendly alternative. In this way you can gradually reduce your waste consumption significantly. Does that sound really easy? It is! Here you will find 7 practical tips for beginners and advanced users:

1. Avoid food packaging

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At the checkout in the supermarket at the latest, you can see your purchase laid out neatly in front of you. My goodness, a lot of plastic has accumulated again! A good deal of it could be dispensed with in the packaging of food. Most fruits and vegetables, for example, are also sold unpackaged. You don't need individual plastic bags for weighing either. Larger fruit and vegetables, such as bananas or peppers, can also be transported loose. For everything else, it is best to use the vegetable nets you have brought with you, the weight of which will be deducted directly from the scales. You can reuse the bags as often as you like and wash them in the machine without any problems. A lot of packaging waste can also be saved when reaching for the candy aisle. Instead of the big bag with individually shrink-wrapped chocolate bites, opt for the chocolate in conventional bar form. It tastes just as good and saves a lot of plastic. Bread is best bought from the baker around the corner. Here they are happy to fill the rolls in bags you have brought with you and the quality is also a lot better. A friendly smile is usually included for free
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  • 2. No drinks in plastic bottles

    It has not yet been clearly proven whether PET bottles (PET=polyethylene terephthalate) actually secrete plasticizers and nerve toxins and are therefore harmful to health. However, a much lower pollutant concentration was measured in glass bottles. Apart from health risks, however, the burden on the environment is enormous! If you assume that every adult in Germany buys an average of 2 plastic beverage bottles every week, you get a rough estimate of around 140 million plastic bottles - PER WEEK! Our high-quality drinking water comes quite conveniently from the tap. The strictest controls ensure the best quality of tap water, which is also a lot cheaper than all bottled mineral water on the market. When you're on the go, you simply fill your water into practical drinking bottles made of glass or stainless steel, which can now be bought everywhere and in every imaginable color and design. If you fancy different flavors, cold fruit tea, fresh mint or a slice of lemon can add variety to the bottle. But if the way leads to the drinks market, it is best to opt for drinks in glass bottles.

    3. Make a wish!

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    Be honest, how many times have you received a gift that ended up either in the back of the closet or straight away in the bin? That's quite a waste. If you want to make someone happy, just give them a gift - maybe even together with you. Cinema tickets, concert tickets or an invitation to your favorite restaurant, for example, make excellent gifts for friends and acquaintances. But the wishes that you fulfill yourself should also be well thought out. Your own consumer behavior likes to play tricks on you. Before making any new purchase, just ask yourself the all-important question: Do I really need it or do I just want to own it? In addition to a lot more space in the closet, you also have a lot more money in your wallet. So if you consume less, you can ultimately afford a much better product quality for really necessary purchases. Things last longer and you don't have to buy something new as often.

    4. Shampoo, soap & co.

    When you open the bathroom cabinet, you will probably first see tons of plastic bottles, plastic jars and plastic tubes. Much of this can be replaced by sustainable products that are at least as high in quality. Solid hair shampoos, for example, are currently conquering the market and, after briefly foaming in the hand, offer a consistency that is just as creamy as the liquid counterpart from the plastic bottle. When traveling, the shampoo thalers fit in your bag to save space and are guaranteed not to leak. And have you ever wondered what actually became of the good old hand soap? You certainly don't see soap dishes as often in your friends' bathrooms as brightly printed plastic dispensers with liquid soap. The solid bar of soap is much cheaper to buy and is many times more productive. Even leftover leftovers can be in soap pouch filled and used up during the next shower. A clean and sustainable thing.
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    5. Beauty meets sustainability

    Since you are already in the bathroom, you can also take a look at your daily body care products. There can't be that much garbage, don't you think? Unfortunately yes. Toothbrushes and dental floss, for example, are part of our daily routine and are made almost exclusively of plastic. The same applies to cotton swabs, make-up removal pads and cleaning sponges. If you use these products every day, a considerable pile of plastic waste quickly accumulates. So that you don't have to do without anything in the bathroom, there are now Bamboo and cotton swabs , washable bamboo make-up pads and even reusable konjac sponges for a gentle and thorough facial cleansing. You can also care for your teeth sustainably. There is for example Dental floss in a glass bottle made from corn fiber and vegan candellila wax. All these products are not only 100% biodegradable, but also bring that certain wellness feeling to the bathroom at home thanks to their high quality. It is therefore worth looking for alternatives.

    6. Make TO-GO a NO-GO!

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    Everywhere in the city it smells like delicious food. It's hard for you to resist the temptation. Do you need a little something to hand and your favorite coffee? Do you get weak sometimes? Unfortunately, the quick snacks usually also produce quite a bit of packaging waste. Salad in a plastic bowl (including plastic cutlery, of course), coffee to go and a chocolate bar shrink-wrapped in plastic for dessert. After eating, the packaging then immediately ends up in the bin and causes our mountains of rubbish to grow by gigantic amounts every day. In Germany, for example, around 320,000 disposable cups are used every hour. That's a total of almost 3 billion cups a year. Unimaginable, right? But that can be changed. It is best to always have drinking bottles and coffee mugs with you on the go. It's better to sit down in a bistro or take something with you from home. Sometimes an apple or a banana, which comes in its own packaging, is enough for the lunch break. Practical.

    7. Secondhand instead of throwaway mentality

    Second hand is chic! Cool shops for fashion and design have been very trendy for a long time. In addition to an individual fashion awareness, the preference for reused individual pieces also testifies to a pronounced sense of sustainability. Did you know that most of our clothing is made of polyester? The basic building materials for this man-made fiber include hard coal, crude oil and natural gas. Especially for small children, many like to fall back on clothes that have already been worn, since the toxic substances have already been washed out as best as possible by the previous washes. Every piece of clothing that is in good condition should therefore be given a second chance. You can also snag many new favorite items and buy second-hand items such as books and toys when you go to the flea market. This protects the environment, because every thing that does not have to be produced again does not allow our garbage mountains to continue to grow. In addition, huge amounts of energy, raw materials and packaging are saved. Do you also have one or the other item in your closet that you no longer need? In addition to second-hand shops, there are also numerous online portals where you can sell or give away all these things. Someone else will surely be happy about it. And the environment anyway.
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