5 ways to go plastic free in everyday life
We’re all trying to use less plastic in our everyday lives but it isn’t always easy. What better time, then, to accept some expert help? And who better to offer it than sustainability expert and founder of Pacific Garbage Screening, Marcella Hansch. Marcella, supported by GROHE, is currently developing a platform with her team to filter plastic waste from rivers, which is a huge project. However, she firmly believes that any small changes we make now will have a big impact in the long run. Here, she offers five practical ways that plastic can be avoided in day-to-day life.
1. An alternative to cling film
To make leftover food last longer, we often use cling film. However there are environmentally friendly alternatives, such as beeswax wraps, which are reusable. You can easily make these yourself at home. Take some cotton cloth and cut it to size. Then, melt beeswax in a water bath and brush the cotton cloth with it. Finally, iron the beeswax-covered cloth and leave it to dry.
2. Goodbye plastic bottles
An everyday headache: trying to find space to keep your bottled water cool in the fridge or store extra bottles. Plus, besides the obvious waste caused by plastic bottles, up to seven litres of water are needed to produce just one litre of bottled water. Installing a filtered water tap is a great way to reduce the number of plastic bottles in the home. For example, the GROHE Blue water system, which dispenses filtered, chilled and sparkling water from the kitchen tap. Just like that, heavy carrying and frustrating storage issues become a thing of the past. And with readily available glass bottles for home and reusable bottles for travelling, it’s never been easier to avoid plastic bottles.
3. Vegetable bags for shopping
Whether at the weekly market or supermarket, fruit and vegetables do not need to be wrapped in plastic or paper bags. Vegetable bags with which you can pack your loose groceries are a very useful eco alternative. The bags are usually very small and handy so are great for fitting into pockets and jackets. So, you can always be prepared – even when shopping spontaneously.
4. Avoid microplastics with wash bags
Many of our garments, such as sportswear, contain synthetic fibres. That in itself is not a problem, but these textiles release microfibres in every wash cycle. As such, microplastics pass unnoticed through the wastewater into the groundwater. A great way to avoid this is using wash bags. These bags not only catch microplastics, but also protect these delicate fabrics from damage in the machine. A very simple trick with a big impact!
5. Lunchbox to go
Once lockdown is officially lifted and we can all freely order lunch-to-go or favourite takeaway, bring along your own box to be filled. Restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets are increasingly accepting boxes that customers bring along. Granted, sometimes you will attract strange looks and it is often annoying to carry the lunchbox around with you. But by doing so, environmentally harmful packaging such as plastic, aluminum foil or polystyrene can be easily avoided.
About GROHE: For further information on GROHE and its sustainability initiatives visit green.grohe.com.