"Are you fully eco now or what?"
Sustainability - fourteen letters, great responsibility.
At a time when islands of plastic waste are being created in the oceans, whales are ripping open their stomach walls with rubbish and we humans have microplastics in our skin, we need to rethink. Changing your perspective can sometimes work wonders.
The moment came when I became a mother and I realized what kind of world my child was born into. So I asked myself the question:
«What can I do so that my child - so that we ALL - have a future that is as healthy as possible?"
So I started using various channels to find out what options and alternatives there were. Yes, and then I started making changes in our lives. Many questions arose in my environment at the beginning of my transition. I have summarized a few for you here - and also provided my answer right away:
- "Are you now fully" eco "or what?"
“If“ eco ”means for you that I try to reduce pollution with my possibilities, then yes”.
- "Isn't that too cumbersome for you?"
“It's not as cumbersome as you might imagine. As soon as you know where to start, you don't buy any differently than everyone else - just a little more consciously ».
- "Isn't this lifestyle much more expensive?"
"The initial purchase can actually be a bit more expensive - but the actual savings are much higher than you think at the beginning".
- "How can you believe that changing something as an individual will help?"
“Because not only do I think and act like this, but so many others too. Each individual contributes to the great overall result ».
In this blog I would like to share with you my thoughts and my approach on the subject of "Sustainability in everyday life" and encourage you to give it a try. After I had informed myself thoroughly, I proceeded in the following steps:
- Take a look into the cupboards in the various rooms and see how many single-use items I actually own - most of them made of low-quality plastic.
- Think about what can be dispensed with and what I really need in everyday life.
- When it comes to the indispensable things, consider whether there is a sustainable alternative. If there is no alternative to plastic, you can pay attention to the ingredients or to the production standard (fairly produced, high quality standards, location, etc.)
- Obtain the sustainable alternatives step by step and start a day to day life with a lot less waste.
It is quite amazing how many everyday objects you have the opportunity to switch to an ecological and sustainable variant if you find out more. And this is exactly why this blog is being created to show you what is possible - for a healthier and less waste future.
There are already many options in the bathroom to reduce plastic waste - how many there are actually surprised me when I started dealing with the topic. Here you will find a list of what I have already been able to change for myself:
- Instead of cotton pads, I only use make-up removal pads made of bamboo or pure cotton. They are washable and therefore reusable. With the right care, they last a long time.
- To clean the face, I replaced disposable facial tissues with bamboo washcloths. Of course, you can also use the conventional cloth washcloths here - but the bamboo washcloths are much softer and completely organic. Also perfectly suitable for sensitive baby skin, as bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial and has hypoallergenic properties.
- There is also a version made of bamboo for cotton swabs (normal and especially for babies) and handkerchiefs. The advantage here is that they are biodegradable and can therefore be composted and no longer end up in the waste. If you prefer to use a different variant, you have the chance with reusable silicon sticks.
- Instead of a plastic toothbrush, there are models made of bamboo or wood (which are even made in Switzerland from high-quality materials). Before disposal, the nylon bristles can be separated from the wooden handle due to the lack of an alternative, and the wood ends up on the compost.
- I also replaced the hairbrush with one made of bamboo with natural bristles - I don't want anything else.
- Shampoo and shower gel can be replaced in many ways. Whether you have solid shampoo or laundry soap in blocks in the bathroom - or you buy the liquid variant in a container you brought with you in an unpackaged shop. Personally, I use a soap for my hair, face and body. Such soaps are available in many different fragrances and sizes.
- At Crèmes you can buy them in jars and then have them refilled. In the meantime, online retailers even offer this if you don't have a corresponding shop nearby. Those who trust themselves can even try their own production.
- Plastic razors have been replaced by a safety razor. It lasts much longer, you save on the blades and reduce waste. Shaving foam is also a thing of the past thanks to the shaving soap. As a bonus, my skin is much less irritated and more beautiful since the changeover - so not only an environmental improvement, but also an optical one.
When I calculate how much waste I used to generate alone in the bathroom, I get very thoughtful. Several cotton swabs, cosmetic and facial cleansing wipes every day. Toothbrushes and various packaging every few weeks. It now takes a long time until the little trash can is even half full. Oh yes, and in this little bucket I also eliminated the plastic bag :-)
In the kitchen, the conversion is also possible to a large extent and in a very versatile manner. There are now a lot of sustainable offers.
- Instead of cling film, I use beeswax cloth. They are reusable and ecologically very sensible. There are also vegan versions of the oilcloths.
- Household paper has been replaced by washable bamboo towels. The amazing thing is actually that I reach for it a lot less and rather use the dishcloth instead of a «Zewa».
- Plastic straws are a thing of the past - there are now variants made of stainless steel, glass or even made of edible material. My favorites are clearly those made of stainless steel.
- PET bottles have been practically completely eliminated - a soda maker and reusable bottles made of Tritan, stainless steel or glass make it possible. I now have a good range of bottles for cold, warm and even carbonated drinks. The absolute favorites are:
- the “Asobu Pure Flavor to Go”, where I can put fresh fruit in the sieve and thus have a fruity experience, without artificial additives
- the Carl Oscar Tempflask, which keeps drinks hot for up to 10 hours and cold for up to 24 hours
- The FLSK thermos bottle, which, in addition to its insulating function, is also suitable for carbon dioxide and has a capacity of up to one liter
- With tea bags - if I still use them at all - I make sure that they are completely biodegradable and thus end up on the compost. Otherwise, I use loose tea that I brew in a tea infuser. When I'm on the go, I take the Pandoo thermo mug with an integrated tea strainer with me.
- When it comes to coffee, we have to admit that we still have a capsule machine that produces waste - fortunately, however, there is the option of recycling the capsules at the manufacturer, where they are then reused.
- Interestingly enough, drinking behavior has also developed in a healthier direction, since sweet drinks are no longer simply available in the bottle and I am much more conscious of choosing a drink. So I not only help the environment, but also my health.
- Unpackaged shops are on the rise - and that's a good thing. There you can buy groceries with your own containers and thus reduce a lot of packaging waste. I mostly use the stainless steel lunch boxes from Brotzeit or ECOLunchbox, as they are leak-proof and the different sizes and shapes are ideal for transporting food.
- I use reusable nets for fruit and vegetables so that I no longer need plastic bags.
- Waste separation is another - very underestimated - factor.
Paper, plastic, glass, metal and green waste can be disposed of separately in most locations. In this way, household waste can be further minimized and the individual recyclable materials end up where they belong. You can find out from each municipality which disposal points are offered.
After I dealt with the ingredients of the cleaning agents used, I felt completely different. It's unbelievable what I've dumped straight into the wastewater for years. Fortunately, there are good and environmentally friendly alternatives here too:
- You can decalcify wonderfully with vinegar (preferably apple cider vinegar in my case) or baking powder - this also applies to the toilet.
- Windows will be perfectly clean with the right cloth, even if you only use hot water.
- I practically only clean the bathtub and sink with my soap residue - it is sparkling clean.
- I sweep the floors with vinegar or lemon water as needed.
- The drains are now also cleaned with baking soda - although it takes longer than with a conventional drain cleaner, it is not harmful to the environment.
- Wherever there is a smell, I use activated carbon filters instead of fragrance sprays, which last up to 2 years.
- If you don't want to do without cleaning agents, you can also get biodegradable variants in stores. However, what is very important for them is that they must be 100% biodegradable. At 99%, the one non-degradable percent is usually particularly harmful to the environment.
There is also great potential for sustainability in the wardrobe, because this is where various factors add up that can have a great effect:
- Clothing made from man-made fibers harm the environment during the manufacturing process. I therefore pay attention to cotton or linen products whenever possible. In the cold months I switch to wool. Textiles made from bamboo fibers are also great, as bamboo has a temperature-regulating effect. Fortunately, there are now some large textile manufacturers who pay attention to sustainable production and environmentally friendly materials.
- The transport routes are often very long - that's why I prefer clothing that is made in Switzerland or at least in the near vicinity. Shorter distances mean fewer pollutants that are released into the environment through transport.
- I wear my clothes for a long time (the oldest item in my closet is 17 years old, believe it or not) and therefore pay attention to high quality workmanship and gentle care. Accordingly, I don't have to buy new things often. That's exactly how I do it with the shoes.
- When I part with clothes or shoes that are in good condition, I usually pass them on - that's how they will be worn again. When they can no longer be worn, I take them to a friend who is a seamstress. She then conjures up a pillow, parts for children's clothes or whatever comes to mind.
I am happy to list my favorite products for a sustainable life - fortunately all of them www.chnoepfli.net get:
- Safety razors & replacement blades
- Make-up removal pads made of organic cotton
- Bamboo toothbrushes
- Vegetable nets made of organic cotton
- Glass drinking straws
Pandoo - everything made of bamboo
- Make-up removal pads
- Cotton swabs (also available especially for babies)
- Facial tissues
- Activated charcoal bags
- Kitchen rolls
- Cereal bowls made from coconut fiber
- Solid shampoo
- Fixed conditioner
- Bar of soap
- Bath chocolate
- Soap sachets
- Buddy stainless steel boxes
- Click stainless steel boxes
Bottles, lunch boxes and drinking straws are available from different brands - the best way to do this is to click through the homepage to find the ideal product for your individual needs.
So you can see that sustainability is not magic in everyday life and a lot can be achieved with little effort. We only have one world and we have to take good care of it.
I now wish you a lot of fun with the recommended products and everyone stays healthy.