No, not about cycling today. Today I will post something about a thing that is slowly making its way to all the places in the world (if it not already is). Lets talk about plastic.

What is plastic?

Plastic is a synthetic material made from a wide range of polymers such as polyethylene, PVC, nylon, etc., that can be moulded into shape while soft, and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form.

Due to their low cost, ease of manufacture, versatility, and imperviousness to water, plastics are used in a multitude of products of different scale, including paper clips and spacecraft. They have prevailed over traditional materials, such as wood, stone, horn and bone, leather, metal, glass and ceramic, in some products previously left to natural materials.

(ok, ok, I copy paste this info but it's just the truth that's out here on the inter webs)

Every single piece of plastic you used today will stay longer on earth than you.

Read that again please.

Okay but we all know there is a problem and instead of complaining or watch it happen I would actually like to do something about it.... It makes me feel good knowing I tried to help making the world a better and healthier place. Would you like to help too?

5 small tips to help you reduce your plastic consumption

reusable coffee mug designed by Aafke Soet

1. Buy a re-usable coffee cup! Bringing your own coffee cup with you will help you save loads of unwanted plastic cups. 'But we use paper cups @ the office', Your 'paper' cups are leak proof which means they have a little plastic coating inside of the cup. They are not biodegradable and have to go in the bin with the plastic waste. Bonus: lots of coffee shops give you a few pennies off when bringing your own coffee cup, win win!!

2. Use your tote bags and cotton bags!

We all know they are rad, cool and super stylish! So use them!! You can easily fit in 3 cucumbers, a pumpkin, 4 avocado's, 5 bananas, a few apples, a jar with almonds and a fresh loaf of bread (yeh try to beat me)

You can also sew some old pillowcases into bags who you can fill in bulk stores with dry foods (lentils, beans, muesli etc.)

3. Use a lunchbox

Stop using those plastic lunch bags or aluminium foil for you sandwiches and bring your lunchbox with you! An easy switch which will save you a lot of unnecessary plastic use. These lunch boxes are also ideally for take-away food or as 'doggy-bag'.

4. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush!

Other than being biodegradable, Bamboo grows, and not just a little; it grows like crazy! There are certain species that grow up to 35 inches per day! The fast growth means that the supply is highly sustainable and affordable enough for everyday items such as toothbrushes and even clothing.

Another cool thing about bamboo is that it is actually naturally antimicrobial, meaning that the material itself fights bacteria. ( + The bare toothbrush handle can be disposed of in a commercial composting bin and will safely return to the soil within six months.)


5. Stop chewing gum Gum was originally made from a natural rubber, but when scientists created synthetic rubber, polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate began to replace the natural rubber in most gum. Not only are you chewing on plastic, but you may also be chewing on toxic plastic. While it is possible to recycle your gum, it may be best to skip it and its plastic packaging too.

Of course there are many more ways to reduce your plastic but these 5 tips are easy and helpful!

Got some nice ideas too? Comment!!!



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