Recycling – was macht Sinn, wie geht es, was bringt es? - NIKIN EU

Recycling – what makes sense, how does it work, what’s the point?

Recycling - an omnipresent topic. Switzerland is also known as the “recycling world champion”. But what do we actually recycle for and how do you recycle correctly so that it serves its purpose?

Recycling - an omnipresent topic. Switzerland is also known as the “recycling world champion”. But what do we actually recycle for and how do you recycle correctly so that it serves its purpose?

Recycling, i.e. the reuse of used materials that need to be disposed of, is now so familiar to us that “waste separation” has already become second nature to many people. But why is recycling so important? And: Is it enough to recycle waste? Which materials can be processed sensibly and which cannot?

Almost equally important is the question of how recycling is handled on a larger scale. Can you trust the information provided by companies and their alleged recycling of materials? And what can and should you do yourself?

It doesn't work without recycling. But recycling alone is not enough!

First of all: in view of a growing and ever more consuming world population, recycling definitely makes sense. We have written more than once in our blog about the value of the forest and the importance of preserving the world's forests, and NIKIN also plants a tree for every order. It makes sense that waste paper, cardboard and boxes should be recycled in order to protect the forest habitat from deforestation.

The good thing: paper consumption is declining in Europe. But still not enough. We still use far too many disposable paper products, not all of which are recycled.

Should be recycled:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Glass and tinplate
  • Plastic and packaging

 

Recycling is good, doing without is better

The situation is similar with plastic too. Plastic waste is a serious problem because plastic does not decompose. Instead, it is ground into ever finer components. At some point it ends up in the food chain as microplastics - and also on our plates. Given the flood of plastic waste, recycling plastic is of course necessary. But it would be even more important to avoid plastic as much as possible. There are always alternatives. It's easy to replace plastic bags with fabric bags - always and always. And to stop using plastic products in the home and office. Disposable tableware and plastic forks don't have to be there, there are inexpensive equivalents made of glass or porcelain - of course they have to be washed and cannot simply be collected or thrown away after the child's birthday or party. But let's be honest, isn't the environment we leave behind for our children worth a little effort?

Admittedly, it is sometimes a bit more tedious to look for drinks in reusable glass bottles than to simply buy a PET bottle of Fanta or Cola. Still, they exist – and the taste is better. Better than tin cans, which are also recycled but are actually not necessary.

Our suggestion: reduce waste for a week

We recommend simply doing an experiment for a week: producing as little waste as possible and then, if possible, recyclable it. Waste glass and scrap metal are allowed, as is recycled paper, at least for the toilet, plastic is a no-go! Where do we end up then?

With a lot of fresh food - if you avoid complex packaging and, above all, plastic, the best place to find it is on the market, not only for fruit and vegetables, but also for meat and fish. Here you may even be allowed to bring your own packaging materials and avoid packaging waste.

Throw away less, live better

The great and valuable thing about such an experiment: it opens your eyes to how much waste we accept every day. And of course you experience shopping, cooking and eating much more consciously if you avoid pre-packaged food. That alone is enough to give it a try. The biggest plus point, however, is that you enjoy more - and with a clear conscience. And what little waste is still generated? Can be put in the compost!

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