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Plastic free week - what did we learn?

Theme of the week was plastic free living and during the whole week we gave information and tips about how to make life a little more plastic free.

08 09 2015

We live in the middle of plastic, have been living for almost a decade already. But the problems about plentiful plastic consumpion have not reached us until now. Our living style burnen environment and especially the seas, and the problems only increase. So what can one little individual do? 

With small actions we can decrease our strain of nature. Every little act counts.

The first tip on Monday adviced to replace plastic tupperwares with glass jars. 

Glass is amazings product by its durability. It is practically eternal and can be recycled and reused over and over again. But even though it is durable as a material, it can be a quite fragile as a product. A glass jar does not handle falling down as well as tupperware. Tupperware is also lighter to carry with you.

On Tuesday the tip told to replace your underwear made of synthetic fibres to ones with natural fibers like cotton, linen or bamboo.

The reason for your continuing yeast infections can be your pretty but unhealthy panties. Synthetic fibres do not breath as well as their cotton made cousins. Underwear made of natural fibres can also be pretty and affordable and easy to find. 

The tip number 3 was about cosmetics.

Most of us understand that the package of shampoo or moisturiser is made of plastic but not everyone realizes that also the content can be made of plastic as well. Of course the products are tested before sale but the long term influence might not be as researched as a short term use. People with very sentive skin can show symptons very quick. So if you have very sentive or irritated skin make sure you use as little as possible products with plastics and other artificial ingredients. 

If there is any of these ingredients in the labels of your cosmetic bottles, they do contain plastics:

  • Polyethylene, PE
  • Polyethylene terephthalate, PET
  • Polypropylen, PP
  • Polyvinylchloride, PVC
  • Polystyrene, PS
  • Polyvinylacetat PVAc
  • Polyvinylpyrrolidon PVP
  • Polymethyl methacrylate PMMA
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene PTFE (teflon)
  • Polyester, PES (Polyester-1; Polyester-11)
  • Polyamid, PA (Nylon-12; Nylon-6; Nylon-66)
  • Polyurethan, PUR (Polyurethan-2; Polyurethan-14; Polyurethan-35)
  • Ethylen-Vinylacetat-Copolymere, EVA
  • Polyimid, PI (Polyimid-1)
  • Acrylates Crosspolymer, ACS
  • Acrylates Copolymer, AC
  • Polyquaternium-7, P-7

These are not the only plastics that can be in cosmetics. If you want to know what your cosmetics really contain try CosmEthics app. It tells you only by scanning the label what does the bottle of shampoo honestly contain.

The fourth tip was about furniture. 

"It's easy to think that plastic is the only material that makes sense for furniture which need to withstand a lot of moisture and diverse weather conditions. Glass and wood furniture in the bathroom and outside the house can be made more durable with different protective coatings, such as oils. When treated correctly and with care, natural materials can, for example, withstand moisture as well as plastic." Colorful plastic cannot stand straight sunlight very long because it can discolor super ugly. Wooden furnitures can be rescued with oil and paint. Or what do you think about this:

 

The final tip was about recycling.

Not all recycling has to mean throwing thigs away. Many item can have a new life as something very different from the orginal. Old jeans can turn into cool canvas bag and news paper into a wrapping paper. Only sky and your imagination is a limit! Pinterest, blogs and handicraft magazines are full of easy and fun ideas. 

Unfortunately plastic is slowly suffocateing our planet. But we can hold that up. By recycling and smart consumption we can take the best qualities out of plastic and minimize the harm. Because plastic has also brought great comfort and has speed up the development for example in medical industry we are dependent of plastic. 

Have you considered your plastic consumption? Do you take a canvas bag with you when you go shopping or do you just snatch a plastic bag while packing your shoppings at the counter? And the most important question: do you care?

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Comments

Jackie 14 10 2015

Plastic consumption kind of terrifies me. We basically live in a throwaway culture and I'm not sure how much longer our world can sustain this. Menstrual cups play a small, but important role. After all, there are a lot of women in the world!

http://reusablemenstrualcup.com/

Lunette Team 14 10 2015

Hi Jackie!

That is so true! The amount of tampons and pads one woman uses in a year is just crazy! We should really think what kind of world we wanna leave for future generation.

Every cup counts! :)