Plastic Free July®: das Wichtigste über Plastik - NIKIN EU

Plastic Free July®: the most important thing about plastic

Plastic Free July®: no plastic for a whole month. But what is important about it? And how do I live without plastic? We'll tell you!

Plastik am Meer

No plastic for a whole month. This is the initiative of Plastic Free July®. But what is important about it? Why does it make sense to live plastic-free? In this article you will find facts and interesting facts about the topic and we explain what plastic and fertility have to do with each other.

There are situations where plastic can make sense, for example when it comes to food waste, i.e. to protect food. However, there are already alternatives such as packaging made from sugar cane waste. It would make sense to prefer these alternatives: in Switzerland alone 1 million tons of plastic are consumed per year and arrive annually  5000 tons of plastic into the environment.

Plastikhügel

Plastic is everywhere
Of the 1 million tons of plastic we use in this country, 780,000 tons are waste, which means they are only used once . The rest is for long-term use, for example in building buildings. Plastic is not just packaging waste. You can also find it in vehicles, households, agriculture and electrical goods. 90% of the used waste is incinerated, according to a study commissioned by the federal government from 2020 on the subject.

Fliegendes Plastik

The invisible plastic
While macroplastics are visible and can be easily removed, invisible microplastics represent a big question mark for the health of people and the environment. Depending on the plastic, it takes up to 100 minutes to decompose on its own to several 100 years. Macroplastics can be well addressed by combating littering and creating awareness among the population and economy. Microplastics, on the other hand, consist of small plastic parts less than 5mm in diameter.

Plastic Facts

Plasticizers reduce fertility
We cannot see the very small plastic parts with the naked eye. Caution is particularly important when it comes to plastic from packaging and everyday use. Plasticizers, also known as phthalates, are found in many objects such as toys. Phthalates are suspected of influencing human hormone levels. This has already been confirmed in studies with animal experiments according to BAG , because fertility was reduced by the microplastics in the animals' bodies. The plasticizer is not chemically bound in the plastic and thus gets into the water (e.g. from PET bottles), into the food (e.g. from cling film) and on the skin (e.g. from cosmetics).

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Get inspired!
But how can you use less plastic? What could a plastic-free July look like? You can find lots of ideas on Plastic Free July® as well as with us all month long on Instagram. We also offer you plastic-free alternatives such as the TreeBags and TreeShoppers as well as the various TreeBottles. We hope the content inspires you and that you too can do without plastic here and there. Happy Plastic Free July!

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