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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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Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping is probably the largest source of disposable plastics in the Icelandic home. Here are some ways to reduce our plastic use: Bring reusable bags with you when you shop instead of using plastic bags or cardboard boxes. Choose products in paper packaging over products in plastic. Skip the plastic produce bags or bring your own reusable produce bags from home. Choose produce not packaged in plastic. Buy in larger quantities when possible if it reduces the ratio of packaging to actual product. At the same time, it’s important to avoid buying more than you need to minimize food […]

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The threat of microplastics (defined as plastic particles with a diameter of 5mm or less) in the environment has only recently come to the forefront. It wasn’t until 2018 that the first study on microplastics in Icelandic drinking water was only carried out. View the study here in English. And according to government-commissioned research in Iceland, between 160 to 230 tons of microplastics are carried into the ocean surrounding the country each year, and the majority comes from vehicle tires. In the end, microplastics end up in our drinking water and the animals we consume. The most effective way to […]

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Personal Hygiene

There are plenty of opportunities to reduce our plastic use in the bathroom. Some changes are simple; others take more effort. It’s actually possible to create a bathroom environment that is practically free of plastics if you’re willing to give it a try. Lotions & Soaps: Many personal hygiene products contain plastic particles. Avoid purchasing products that list polyethylene, nylon and polypropylene in their contents. Hand Soap: It’s an easy change to switch from liquid hand soap in a plastic bottle to bar soap sold in a paper wrapper. They last longer than liquid soap and take less space in […]

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