Five ways how plastic still sneaks into my daily life. Any suggestions for plastic-free alternatives are super welcome. 🙂 Besides all this, I try to be positive and be proud of any plastic bans I make.
Good morning Gerda! Good morning airconditioning. It’s summer in Beijing and without some kind of cooling system, it’s suffering. I am not big fan of airco as it gave me some kind of flu, and I know it takes a lot of energy. Buying a fan seems not optional either as most of them are made of plastic. Might be some kinda old-school solution? Our great-great-grandmothers and fathers survived summers too!
An experiment with baking-soda and water wasn’t a great success. So until now, I haven’t found a good solution for this. Although I think compromising doesn’t really count, I am the lucky owner of a wooden toothbrush. These daily tools appear in large amounts in the plastic ocean soups. Get a wooden one too! And may this be the last plastic toothbrush you trow out. 🙂
My adorable sleeping suit isn’t as innocent as it seems. The label tells me the truth: it’s polyester. Another product made of plastic. It’s not just the evil production process. Researchers have discovered that every time clothing made from synthetic plastic fibers is washed, tiny strands of the garments are removed in the washing machine and may ultimately enter the ocean. I try to get pure materials, though it’s another dilemma involving budget and priorities.
While I am rushing around in the morning, mister Morrissey or other music legends, provide some mellow morning melodies from the recordplayer. I can’t get enough of vinylrecords, but maybe I should! Some research made me only realise now, that one of my most favourite things in life, is made of plastic! “Vinyl was first invented in 1920 by scientists who wanted to develop a material that would help to manufacture everyday products that were easier to make, more durable, and cheaper than what was available. Today, Vinyl has become the second largest manufactured and sold plastic resin in the entire world.” And the ironic thing is, that I am actually working to produce more of them as I work for a record company. Oh no!
How to get words on paper, without plastic involved? Maybe we should go back to feather and ink. There would be so many benefits: the feathers are compostable, and break down more quickly than any other kind of pen. Most of all it’s beautiful, every little note will look like a piece of art. Hmm, the chase for the quill pen is on!