Ein Leben ohne Plastik – und die Alternativen - NIKIN EU

A life without plastic – and the alternatives

It's hard to imagine our everyday life without plastic - or so we think! In fact, there are already some alternatives to conventional plastic that consumes raw materials. Find out more about some of them.

Plastic is an integral part of our everyday lives - or so we think! In fact, there are already some alternatives to conventional plastic. Find out more about some of them.

Plasctic Waste

Plastic. It is everywhere. If we consciously pay attention to how often we use plastic every day, it quickly becomes clear that plastic - that is the correct term - is an integral part of our everyday lives. Plastic is comfortable. It s cheap. We NEED it – do we really need it? And what price do we pay for plastic consumption? Plastic destroys entire biotopes, destroys the lives of animals and plants and threatens our health. And: it lasts forever. Reason enough to think about plastic.

What is plastic exactly? How do you make it?

Plastic is a by-product made from petroleum. This happens in several steps. The processing of petroleum includes raw gasoline, gas, diesel, heating oil and gas oil. The raw gasoline is broken down into components such as ethylene, propylene or butylene. These can be synthesized, for example by polymerase. Individual building blocks are assembled into long chains or networks – the basis for plastics. How the end product “plastic” is then to be used determines the processing and possible additives.

Can you still live decently without plastic?

It's hard to believe, but you can. Of course it's sooooo convenient when the paper plates and plastic cutlery end up in the trash after the child's birthday party. But when the children grow up, they will thank us for the environment we leave behind for them. In many cases you just have to take a closer look and ask yourself: “Do I really need this?” And that doesn’t just apply to plastic, but to consumer products in general.

Plastic waste in epic quantities

While waste is separated with religious fervor in Europe, plastic is wasted carelessly elsewhere - for example in the United States, where plastic cutlery, dishes and cups are common in restaurants, but also in households and in supermarkets. And you don't skimp on plastic carrier bags in the land of unlimited possibilities. No wonder, because in many places people don't believe in climate change - or at most where they can already feel it...

Are there alternatives to plastic?

In fact, you can largely ban plastic from everyday life - you just have to look closely. Plastic bags are already expensive and are gradually being replaced by cloth bags. Food and drinks that come in plastic packaging can also be replaced. Even yoghurt or milk can be found in the refrigerated section of many supermarkets, sometimes in glass containers that make reusable use possible.

Plastic tableware, considered a blessing by parents of small children, can also be replaced. For example, plates and cups made of bamboo - just as robust and often extremely beautifully designed.

And where a lot of plastic is produced, namely cosmetics and hygiene products, there are now numerous alternatives. You can replace shower gels and shampoos with natural soaps and buy skin creams in glass containers. And even hygiene products specifically for women – we know what that means – are available in either recyclable or washable versions. Not a new idea, by the way, but easier to handle than our parents knew.

How can you reduce your plastic consumption?

Environmentalists point out that we need to reduce our plastic consumption much more than is currently the case. A corresponding legislative initiative has already been prepared. But why should we wait for the legislature? Every individual can already completely eliminate at least a large part of their plastic consumption in their daily lives - we have given some suggestions on this.

Tips and tricks for dealing with plastic

It doesn't work completely without plastic. Specialist authors and bloggers also know this. Laptops and mobile phones, as well as children's toys such as Lego, cannot be completely replaced. What can you do? Avoid plastic as much as possible when shopping and especially when it comes to food and cosmetics. Use packaging-free shops for shopping. Take a closer look when making purchases. For example, electronic devices can be used more sustainably - for example by not constantly replacing them with the latest model and by recycling them properly when they really need to be disposed of.

We help you avoid plastic in your everyday life

Millions of disposable PET bottles made from plastic are used every day and unfortunately are often not disposed of properly. As a result, tons of plastic end up in the world's oceans and pose a massive threat to them. A nonsensical phenomenon. We offer you the perfect alternative: our TreeBottle, which is made from solid materials and can therefore be used again and again - and it also keeps the contents cool for up to 24 hours. 12 hours warm! So get a reusable TreeBottle and reduce your personal plastic consumption.


Plastic affects us all. We can no longer ignore what it is doing to our environment and our health!

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1 Comment

Hallo, ich bin dabei Plastik zu vermeiden,was wirklich nicht einfach ist. Für meine Enkelin habe ich “stolze” Oma nun Kindergeschirr aus Bambus im Eine-Welt-Laden gekauft. Nun gibt es aktuelle Berichte über Schadstoffe gerade in Bambus-To-Go-Bechern. Ich bin ziemlich verunsichert.
Habt Ihr einen Tipp oder Erfahung mit Bambusgeschirr für Kinder?
LG Siri


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