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Sick of full bins?

Sick of full bins?

As I announced in one of my last posts, I put together a list of advice for you on how to reduce the amount of plastic waste you produce. If you’re interested in doing so, maybe this will help you. But please don’t forget: As my experiment started less than two weeks ago, there are still quite a few things I haven’t tried out/found out yet and most of my tips are rather simple so far. I’m still in the process of putting together more advice. Therefore this list will of course be updated continuously. And this is what I learned so far:

  • Put a cotton bag in every handbag, bagpack, on your bike’s luggage rack and (if you have one) in your car. That way you will never or hardly ever have to grab a plastic bag again.
  •  Shop in specialized shops – get fruits and veggies from the market or vegetable shops, bread and cookies from the bakery, cheese and meat from delis etc. That way you can just bring your cotton bags, your own containers etc. and avoid a lot of packaging. The fruit and veg is often tastier, cheaper and fresher.
  •  Avoid individually wrapped things. Instead of buying a box of individually wrapped chocolates for example, go for one bar of chocolate.
  •  And/Or: Buy cardboard tissue boxes instead of a plastic pack with lots of individual plastic packs of tissues.
  •  If you do buy things that come with several layers of packaging, bin them at the supermarket. Most of the big chains provide rubbish bins for excess packaging. That way you let them know you don’t need that much packaging and they are left with the problem of getting rid of it, which hopefully makes them overthink their packaging policy.
  •  Simple, but effective: Drink tap water instead of bottled water. You don’t have to carry loads of water anymore and you save quite a bit of money, too.
  •  Put a ”No junk mail” (”’Keine Werbung”) sticker on your mailbox. This leaves you with a lot less trash and of course also unwanted adds.
  •  Take your own plate or container to the deli counter or take-away.
  •  Why not use unpackaged soap bars instead of liquid soap in plastic bottles?
  •  Wash and re-use jars for homemade dressings, sauces etc. You can also re-use them and turn them into containers to get your favourite dip from the deli counter.
  •  When you order something online, let them know you don’t want the item to be wrapped in plastic. Just add this in a personal message or comment.
  •  Soap, vinegar essence, lemon acid and baking soda is all you really need to clean. This means no plastic packaging, no chemicals and less money you have to pay.

Got any advice, suggestions etc. for me? Then let me know and help me on my quest 🙂

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