Plastic-free In Everyday Life - Is That Possible?

| By Jacqueline Plaster

For us consumers, it is more difficult than ever to decide what is sustainable and what is not - especially when it comes to plastics. Plastic is harmful to the environment, but it seems impossible to do without it in everyday life. So what can we do?

We are looking forward to the coming years, where we at MIX-UP are researching on alternative recycling strategies by using bacteria. However, scientific advances cannot replace the contribution of each one of us. We are very confident that each of us can make a difference by contributing in a small or large way through their consumption and attitude of consciousness.

For this we are collecting ideas, how everyone can implement sustainability in everyday life and will share those through our blogposts in future 

1.       Tip: Backpack instead of plastic bag

When shopping for the next few days or on the road: reusable carrier bags, jute bags or backpacks are ideal for transporting e.g. snacks and drinks  - maybe for a cosy trip to the park? 

Why shouldn’t we buy single use carrier bags?

To transport e.g. vegetables in single-use plastic bags which are usually thrown away immediately afterwards, makes absolutely no sense. Besides plastic bags, paper bags are often offered, which at first sight appear to be a good alternative. Caution is recommended here: The eco-balance of both plastic and paper disposable carrier bags is miserable. Buying a new jute bag for each purchase is also anything but ecological - these bags have to be used countless times before they perform better in the overall Eco balance than a disposable plastic bag.

It has never been as difficult as today to decide which purchase is least harmful to the climate, people and the environment. The rule of thumb is: it is best to avoid buying new bags - regardless of the material.