We almost turn into plastic. This is because 4.7 million tons of plastic are release into the sea every year. A major attack on the environment, because it barely ends and not all the plastic can be recycle. And even if plastic is reuse, it takes a lot of effort. The solution? Consciously deal with plastic. We give you seven tips for less plastic with which you can start immediately.
Do You Already Have Less Plastic at Home
The storage boxes in the refrigerator, school cups and even the sail on the floor contain plastic. Moreover, not all plastic is visible: clothing, shampoo and receipts also contain plastic. Plastic particles end up in the sea through the shower pit and pollute the ocean. Scientific studies show that plastic affects the hormone balance of the human body. How can you limit the plastic around you?
1. No sandwich bags
Taking your own bag to the store is self-evident, but even those small plastic bags that you pick up at the fresh department pollute the environment. So do not use sandwich bags, take a stainless steel lunch box to work or buy a reusable sandwich bag made of cotton. And look at every plastic item you want to purchase whether there is an alternative without plastic.
2. Crockery and glass tableware
Many children eat their cheerful Bob the Builder’s plate every day and go to school with a Hello Kitty cup. But many of these cups and plates are made of melamine. The Taiwan Consumers Association advises the heating of food on melamine plates and beverages in melamine cups. Due to high temperatures, melamine can leak (migrate) from the service.
Melamine may also leak in acidic drinks, such as orange juice, but in smaller quantities. Poisoning with melamine can lead to kidney disease, such as kidney stones and kidney failure. Therefore choose for crockery of earthenware and glass. For children, plates, cups, lunch boxes and bottles made from stainless steel are a safe (and unbreakable!) Alternative.
3. Water bottle made of stainless steel
Most plastic water and lemonade bottles are made of polyethylene Merthiolate. These are great for single use. In case of damage, however, the bottles may leak the plasticize DEHP, which is possibly carcinogenic and hormone disruptive. A stainless steel bottle can thus go into the dishwasher and last for years.
4. Beauty without micro beads
On the website of the North Sea you will find overviews of products with and without plastic as an ingredient. Or look at the ingredient list of your product. These are plastics: polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) or polyethylene Merthiolate (PET), poly methyl methotrexate (PMMA) and nylon-Put a block of soap at the tap (and in your shower!) Instead of a pump.
5. Avoid cheap toys that are perfumed or smell chemical
Many toys still contain carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting substances. Especially chemical plasticizes (phosphates) occur. The most harmful plasticizes are DEHP, DBP and BBP. They are now banned in toys for all ages.
Cheap toys generally contain more hazardous chemicals. Buy toys that are ‘PVC-free’ or ‘naphthalene-free’. Look for nice toys made of wood, bamboo, wool and recycled (safe) plastic through (online) ‘green’ toy stores. With a little bit of searching on the internet you will find these toy stores with extensive information about the materials that make their toys.
6. Look at Eco clothing
There are prints with plastic on many clothes. Especially on children’s clothing and children’s pajamas it is bursting with these plastic sheets. When there is no direct skin contact, such as a PVC print on a children’s pajama, it is assumed that there is no health risk. Put on clothing with a quality mark, such as the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and Pekoe-Tex.
7. Go to a packaging-free supermarket
When you go to the market, you can easily bring your own jam jar or reusable bag. But now there is also a packaging-free supermarket in several locations in the Netherlands. In these stores you can fill your bottles and pots from home or buy them once. Ideal, because less packaging is less polluted. In Ironing you will find the sustainable supermarket Opgeweckt Nordic and in Utrecht Bag & Buy.