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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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Pets

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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Transportation

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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In the Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the best places to replace plastics with other materials, although you certainly don’t need to throw away all your plastics at once. Instead, phase out your plastic use in the kitchen as the items wear out. Cooking Utensils: Opt for bowls, spatulas and other tools made from wood, glass, metal or ceramic. Dish Brushes: Choose wooden brushes and or a reusable wash cloth instead of plastic dish brushes. Trash Can: There are a few good solutions here. Some people choose to forgo the trash bag. Others use newspapers or reuse bags that you already have […]

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Food Storage & Packing Food

Many people find it challenging to store and pack food without using plastic. But there are a lot of good solutions as detailed below. Use glass jars and other empty glass containers that you already have on hand to store leftovers instead of plastic storage boxes. Keep leftovers in a bowl and place a plate over the top as a lid. Pack sandwiches in reusable sandwich bags or paper bags. For long trips, pour drinks into reusable bottles, like empty bottles that you already have on hand, rather than buying drinks in disposable containers. Replace your plastic cling film with […]

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Holiday Season

There are number of ways to reduce our plastic when it comes to the holidays. Advent Calendars: Choose reusable advent calendar. If you wish to wrap individual advent gifts then use old magazines, newspapers, books or reuse wrapping paper from previous gifts. If your crafty, you can sew little bags for small gifts to create a hanging advent calendar that can be used year after year.  Plastic-free Gift Ideas: Candy Homemade bookmarks Pencils Socks or other small, useful items of apparel Body care products like soaps, bath bombs, toothpaste and bamboo toothbrushes Used toys Wooden pencils (you can break up […]

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Plastics FAQ

All the plastic that has been made in the world so far still exists, unless it has been incinerated. It’s crucial reduce, reuse and recycle plastics. The dilemma at hand isn’t plastics per se, but rather how we use them. And we can make a significant impact by giving up all unnecessary disposable plastics like straws, eating utensil and plastic bags. Likewise, we should make a genuine effort to reduce our reliance on disposable packaging, no matter what material it is made from. [select-faq faq_id=’2536′] [select-faq faq_id=’2548′] [select-faq faq_id=’2606′] [select-faq faq_id=’2612′] [select-faq faq_id=’2616′] [select-faq faq_id=’2617′] [select-faq faq_id=’2623′] [select-faq faq_id=’2625′]

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Recycling FAQ 3

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