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Construction and the Garden

When it comes to reducing the use of plastic in construction and gardening, there are many ways, most of which involve reusing and sharing. Construction: Reuse what you can, e.g. plastic sheets for painting. See if you need can be found used, e.g. in Efnismiðlun Góða hirðisins á Sævarhöfði og Breiðhella or ask in groups on Facebook. We choose environmentally certified products when possible, e.g. brush soap. Most paints contain plastic, but chalk paint is plastic-free. Most people choose swan-certified paint (which does contain plastic). According to a 2019 report  prepared for the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, […]

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10 Ways for Children to Reduce Plastic Use

Printable version of 10 ways Poster It is important for children to remember that they are not responsible for the plastic problem, but adults are. Children can still do various things themselves to reduce the use of plastic and remind adults of their responsibility, e.g. by talking to parents and teachers or sending emails to companies or politicians.

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Is it better to buy metal products rather than plastic?

There is no straightforward answer. The production of aluminum takes a serious toll on the environment as it is sourced from bauxite, an ore that contains a high concentration of aluminum. Harvesting the aluminum component generates two materials: one is aluminum oxide, which is a fine white powder, and the other is a thick, red sludge containing caustic soda. This sludge has no practical application. Likewise, the destruction of land caused by aluminum production, i.e., the land that is displaced (often permanently) during the course of bauxite mining, is detrimental to the environmental. Manufacturing a disposable plastic bottle from new […]

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What is plastic?

Plastic production began when the technology emerged at the beginning of the 20th century, with mass production taking off around 1950. Production requires fossil fuels, i.e., oil and gas, which are limited resources. Crude oil is pumped up from underground and processed in oil refinery facilities. During the refining process reactive monomers are created. These monomers are collected and bonded through the introduction of a catalyst. This process creates long-chain molecules called polymers. These polymers accumulate to form a malleable mass that can easily be shaped. Various combinations of polymers (i.e., how the polymers are ordered) yield different types of […]

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One of the primary objectives of Plaustlaus september is to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics, and to that end we have devised the following guidelines on partnerships and how the campaign’s name may be used: The campaign does not partner with any companies on giveaways, advertisements or other promotional activities. To reflect this we ask that the campaign not be tagged or otherwise credited in these kinds of activities. √ To celebrate Plastlaus september we are holding a giveaway.” or “Since September is dedicated to reducing plastic use we are holding a giveaway.” × “In partnership with Plastlaus september […]

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Living Plastic Free

On these pages you’ll find information on how to reduce plastic waste in our everyday lives. You can also find useful tips on living plastic free, exchange ideas, make suggestions and share your own experiences through the campaign’s social media channels: Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Instagram | Snapchat: plastlaussept Be part of the solution and don’t forget to use our hashtags #plastlaus or #plastlausseptember Register your support for the campaign! When we act together we can make a difference!

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Laundry & Cleaning

On this page you’ll find tips on how to reduce your reliance on plastic when it comes to cleaning products and laundry. Wet Wipes: Wet wipes are made of plastic and so is the packaging they come in. Stop using wet wipes and choose instead reusable dish cloths. Household Cleaning Products: Use household cleaning products sparingly. If we use less then we buy less and reduce our use of plastic. You can also make simple and effective cleaning products yourself to reduce your plastic use. Likewise, you can sometimes purchase bulk cleaning products using your own container and further reduce […]

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Babies & Kids

Below are some useful tips and tricks to reduce your reliance on plastic when it comes to parenting. Diapers: Use cloth diapers if at all possible, or if you use disposables, choose brands that are certified eco-friendly (e.g., that carry the green Nordic Swan Ecolabel). Baby wipes: Buy a set of washable, reusable washcloths instead of disposable baby wipes. Baby toys: Choose toys made from natural materials instead of plastic. Resist buying new toys. Choose used toys instead available at consignment stores or thrift stores. Children’s birthday parties: Use our own dishes and utensils instead of disposable. If you need […]

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It can be a real challenge to find gifts that don’t contain plastic. Here you’ll find a few things to keep in mind when giving or receiving a gift. Giving Gifts Choose toys or other gifts made of wood or cloth rather than plastic (remember to steer clear of fleece as well). Choose to give experiences like movie tickets, theater tickets or a gift certificate for a restaurant. Give books (used or new, as long as they are not wrapped in plastic). Give prepared food items (pickled vegetables in glass jars or good cheese). Make your own gifts (like soap, […]

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