New year new challenge
I definitely want to reduce my plastic waste! All this plastic everywhere starts to annoy me. First of all: let me give you some plastic facts I have copied from https://plasticoceans.org/the-facts/ (check out their website and their blog! 🙂
Plastic facts from plasticoceans.org
Packaging is the largest end use market segment accounting for just over 40% of total plastic usage.
Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.
A plastic bag has an average “working life” of 15 minutes.
Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
Beverage Bottles Alone
According to the Container Recycling Institute, 100.7 billion plastic beverage bottles were sold in the U.S. in 2014, or 315 bottles per person.
57% of those units were plastic water bottles: 57.3 billion sold in 2014. This is up from 3.8 billion plastic water bottles sold in 1996, the earliest year for available data.
The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the container.
14% of all litter comes from beverage containers. When caps and labels are considered, the number is higher.
Of course, I can’t just throw away everything plastic I have at home. Well, I will, but not all at once. I only throw things away when I’ve finished using them, for example my shampoo bottles. But I want to live according to the motto “vote with your dollar” – or in my case “vote with your Swiss francs”. That’s why I want to replace my stuff (slowly but surely) with more sustainable plastic-free stuff. If possible, I don’t buy things with plastic, or at least wherever there is a plastic-free option, I buy the plastic-free version.
Let’s be concrete.
– Cotton Pads –> reusable washable pads
– normal dental floss –> plastic free dental floss (packaging)
Update coming soon
As soon as I’ve replaced everything I’ll show you the products I have found. And maybe I’ve already replaced even more things in my bathroom or elsewhere.