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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. DO: “To celebrate Plastlaus september we are holding a giveaway.” or “Since September is dedicated to reducing plastic use we are holding a giveaway.” DON’T: “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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Eating Out

Avoid buying items served in styrofoam. Choose eateries that serve their food in biodegradable containers (like paper or other natural fiber composites) Choose eateries that use washable dishes and utensils instead of disposable service items. If you choose to eat someplace that uses disposable service items, bring your own with you. Even reusing plastic items is better than using disposable utensils and containers. Decline straws and plastic lids when we order a drink. Ordering Takeout Ask the eatery to package your food in a container you bring with you when you pick up your order. Take your time and dine […]

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There are a number of ways to reduce your reliance on plastic when it comes to your pets. Dog Poop Use paper bags or newspaper when cleaning up your dog’s poop instead of plastic pop bags. Cat Litter Use cat litter that is packaged in paper rather than plastic. Pet Food Choose pet food that is packaged in paper rather than plastic. Choose packaging-free dog bones rather than those packaged in plastic. Pet Toys Choose pet items made from wood rather than plastic, like bird ladders and houses or enclosures for mice and hamsters. Have something to say? Engage with […]

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