Simple Tips for Avoiding Plastic
Plastic is omnipresent. For the environment, people and animals. It is a real challenge to avoid plastic entirely in everyday life. But the plastic can be reduced by just a few small changes. From now on, from the next purchase. This list shows how you can live more plastic-free.
1) Reduced plastic shopping in the supermarket
Buy reusable and do without disposable packaging. In supermarkets, there are often alternatives to plastic packaging: fruit, vegetables and herbs are also available loose, milk, cream, yoghurt, oil, vinegar, ketchup or mustard are available in glass bottles.
2) Do not use an extra plastic bag
Fruit and vegetables, in particular, are already packed thanks to their natural skin. At home, we clean, wash and cook the goods again anyway. Carrots, peppers, tomatoes or apples can also be placed loosely on the belt.
3) Do not buy more products packed in plastic
The XXL biscuit pack in triple plastic film? No thanks! Instead of handkerchiefs in individual packages, it is better to purchase tissues in a cardboard dispenser (by the way, they are also made from recycled paper). Even glass is a more eco-friendly option, instead of buying water in plastic bottles.
4) Avoid ready meals and cook yourself instead
Instead of buying plastic supermarket rolls, buy rolls from the bakery.
At the local bakery, the bread can also be packed directly into a cloth bread bag.
As packaging bags, e.g. fruits and vegetables - but also as garbage bags - can also serve old newspapers. There is a folding instruction here.
5) Find out about alternative shopping locations
On the market, in farm shops, at farmers, in speciality shops, in the organic supermarket or in "unpacked" shops, you can shop with reduced plastic. Here the goods can also go straight into the cloth bag or the container you brought with you.
6) Living plastic-free in the kitchen
When looking into kitchen cabinets and storage shelves, there are also a few things you can do without for life without plastic.
Store without plastic
One of the classics in every household is the famous Tupper tin - which is made of plastic. This is not wrong because it is reusable and therefore, much better than disposable plastic. So please don't throw away - but don't buy new ones either!
Bread, onions, pasta and the like are better kept in containers made of glass, ceramic or stainless steel. These are just as hygienic as they are, but they last longer and also look chic: Who would dispute that spices in a glass and a ceramic bread bowl are much more stylish than the same plastic items?
Plastic-free on the stove
Glass, ceramics, stainless steel, enamel or wood are attractive plastic alternatives when it comes to mixing bowls, sieves and the handles of pots and pans. Grandma's enamel pot and her excellent old cast iron pan may not offer modern comfort, but let's be honest: Grandma's food didn't taste any worse - on the contrary!
Incidentally, wooden spoons, knife handles or spatulas used to be made of wood - a trend that you can revive if you want to live plastic-free.
7) Live plastic-free in the bathroom
Do you think that there is not so much optimization potential in your bathroom to lead a life without plastic? Let yourself be surprised!
Cared for without plastic
The number one plastic trap in the bathroom is liquid soaps and shampoos, which can be found almost exclusively in plastic bottles. With the help of refill packs and soap dispensers made of glass, your "plastic footprint" can be reduced at this point.
It is even better to switch to solid soap bars for skin and hair. Soap is space-saving, economical and natural. And: It usually does entirely without plastic packaging. Solid soap bars are also available as shampoo or shaving soap. Give it a try!
Live and shave plastic-free
Speaking of shaving: Most shavers are largely made of plastic. This applies not only to disposable razors but also to system razors where you only throw away the blade block.
The more sustainable alternative is traditional safety razors made of wood or metal, where the metal blade only has to be replaced now and then.
Brush your teeth without plastic
It is similar when brushing your teeth: Instead of the standard models, you better buy toothbrushes made of bamboo or wood. Even dm's own brand Alverde has a wooden toothbrush in its range that is also vegan.
It is perfect for plastic-free life in the bathroom if you also set up a toothbrush mug made of glass, ceramic or, preferably, metal.
In the meantime, there is even toothpaste that does not need a plastic tube. The trick: dentifrice tablets that you chew until they foam up in your mouth and can then be used like regular toothpaste. They are available in unpacked shops or at drugstores.