As in our blog about the plastic soup we read, far too much plastic has ended up in our nature. Due to too much plastic in nature, many animal species are threatened with extinction and we can speak of a plastic crisis. But, you can make an impact by changing your habits! If you use a little less plastic per day, you can save kilos of plastic on an annual basis. That is better for people and nature. Want to know how to save? We give you tips!
It is difficult to give the tip to reduce your plastic use. Plastic has infiltrated our daily lives so much that it is only noticeable when something is not made of plastic. It takes extra efforts to avoid plastic. For example, a good tip can be to do your shopping at the market and put your products directly in your wicker basket, but we understand that not everyone has the time to go to the local market instead of going to the supermarket. That is why we have put together the tips in such a way that they are easy to apply and you can still avoid plastic.
Use a handy bag to carry your groceries, preferably one that is not made of plastic. By forgoing plastic bags you can already save a lot. Albert Heijn will stop offering free plastic bags with fruit and vegetables from April 2021. As a result, the company will save 130 million plastic bags on an annual basis. Forgoing a plastic shopping bag pays off! Looking for ecological bags? These can be found for an affordable price on the website of Green Jump.
Plastic bottles and caps are in place 3 and 4 in the top 10 of most found products in the oceans. That is why we hope that everyone will buy as few water bottles as possible or refrain from using them altogether from now on. Instead you can use the drinking bottles from Retulp. They produce bottles and thermoses “for when you are not made of plastic” and want to contribute to a cleaner environment. The drinking bottles they offer are partly made from recycled stainless steel. This way you always have a nice drinking bottle at hand and you never have to buy a plastic bottle again!
In addition to plastic bottles and caps, many food packaging is also found. To reduce the number of bags and packaging, you can switch to a lunch box or reusable bread bags. Retulp offers a Eco box with which you can take your sandwiches to school or to work. The Ecobox is free of toxic substances and the lid can be used as a cutting board, super handy! Would you rather have a reusable bread bag? Then Green Jump has reusable sandwich bags in its range, so you avoid one-time use of a plastic sandwich bag!
Who doesn't like coffee? Exactly, practically no one! When you're ready for coffee, let the barista know you don't need a lid! Admittedly, you have to pay more attention when walking. Well, if that's the only thing and you can avoid plastic again, it seems worth it to us. Are you really doing well? Then bring your own mug and have it filled!
Opt for large plastic soda bottles. Huh, opt for plastic? We understand that sometimes you feel like something fresh. Our tip is therefore to opt for large PET bottles with a deposit if you want to bring something fresh into your home. Unlike the small plastic bottles, the PET bottles are almost all returned and therefore do not end up in nature. In addition, this material no longer needs to be sorted, because it is all made of the same material. The bottles are shredded and melted into new PET bottles. This way you can still enjoy something fresh and think about nature.
Check your cosmetics for microplastics. Many sunscreens, lipstick, toothpaste, scrubs, shower gel, etc. contain microplastics and in some cases even nanoplastics (slightly larger particles of plastic). When rinsing, these particles end up in the groundwater. That is very harmful to the environment. The particles are so small that they slip through water treatment systems and end up in groundwater, rivers and the sea. Via this handy app can you scan your cosmetic products. The app will inform you whether the product contains microplastics. By avoiding these products as much as possible, less plastic ends up in water!
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