The fact that plastic postages dangers for people and the environment can hardly be closed too. In order to counter the problems arising from the excessive use of plastics and the enormous amounts of plastic waste, solutions are needed at various levels – a further development of the recycling system, stricter regulations in production, but above all less consumption of plastic. Vast amounts of plastic waste in the world’s oceans, dead wildlife with the stomach full of plastic particles, plastic residues in the human body, none of which can say precisely how they affect health – there are many reasons to reduce its use of plastic. The good thing is that more and more people no longer want to accept the environmentally and health-damaging consequences of plastic consumption and are therefore looking for plastic-free alternatives. Finding them is sometimes not so easy.
Here you will find ideas and suggestions for product alternatives that avoid plastic. Let yourself be inspired!
Why should you choose an alternative to plastic packaging?
We are aware that the garbage does not always end up where it belongs. We are probably all familiar with the images of the vast garbage islands in the Pacific. So that these islands do not continue to grow, we would like to ask you for a small favour. Consciously decide on your next purchase for a plastic alternative in your everyday life. We are always working to attract new customers to expand the range of plastic alternatives.
What is packed in plastic? What plastic-free alternatives are there?
Which products are often packaged in plastic, and would it be better to package in an alternative to plastic packaging?
In fact, almost all products can also be easily sold in plastic-free packaging.
There are many other creative ideas for new packaging materials: water bags made of algae, bottles made of lactic acid, beverage cartons made of sugar cane and Styrofoam substitutes made from organic waste and mushrooms. The packaging industry has become enormously creative. However, it is best to avoid waste as completely as possible. But you can do a lot without a laboratory and high-tech equipment.
Cloth bags as alternatives to plastic bags
In many shops, single-use plastic poly bags are still provided for a small fee, which very often ends up in the garbage after a single-use. It is easy to do without it if you get into the habit of always having one or more cloth bags with you for shopping, or traditionally the large shopping basket.
In general, single-use plastic can be saved when shopping in a variety of ways. Maybe there is an unpackaged store in your area. There, food and non-food products for daily use are available in bulk and can be filled in any quantities in reusable containers. But even without an unpackaged store, there are numerous ways to avoid packaging waste.
Reusable bottles instead of single-use plastic
Beverage bottles made of plastic can be replaced by drinking bottles made of stainless steel such as these. They are almost indestructible and have a low empty weight; the material is food-neutral and even slightly antibacterial. With children, plastic can not always be avoided entirely in everyday life. Still, at least you can opt for a pollutant-free variant or choose an Emil bottle made of glass, in which only the lid and the protective jacket contain plastic.
In the household, the slightly heavier glass bottles are also handy. If it does not have to be a stylish, brand new bottle, reusable bottles with iron caps can be an excellent alternative to plastic bottles! You can find out how to get them cheaply here.
Food and drinks on the go: plastic alternatives made of glass and stainless steel
Why should the food for children be transported in a plastic breakfast box that can secrete toxins? Fortunately, there are a growing number of pollutant-free lunchboxes made of different materials. And also, salad-to-go and hot dishes can be easily transported plastic-free.
Cloth towels instead of disposable handkerchiefs
Although disposable handkerchiefs are often made of recycled material and rot easily, a lot of wood, water and energy is needed to produce them. Even less ecological, however, are the foil packaging of the handkerchiefs. Why not just replace it with cloth handkerchiefs? They are easy to wash out and reuse almost as often as desired.
Baby vials (almost) plastic-free
Even with the baby vial, you do not have to resort to a plastic product. Alternatively, you can use a stainless steel baby bottle. The associated suction attachments are made of harmless, food-safe silicone.
If consumers and producers pull together, plastic waste can be significantly reduced in the future. The less plastic gets into our environment, the better.