By 2050, it is estimated there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. A result of our disposable and throwaway culture.
Much of the plastic produced is single use plastic such as water bottles or food packaging, with over 80% of these plastics ending up not being recycled and instead it is dumped into the environment, landfills or burnt.
Credit: Chris Jordan
But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can turn the tide on plastic in our oceans and protect our beautiful planet for future generations.
As part of our more sustainable approach this year, we have decided to do a "Green January" campaign on our social media, where we raise awareness on how to take simple and small steps towards replacing your day-to-day activities and habits with more plastic-free ones.
By helping more people discover alternatives to plastic, we can make a difference to the health of our oceans and our planet.
Making simple swaps and choosing to refuse single-use plastic items. Your choice may seem small but every single choice is adding up to a huge difference.
1. Buy less - Before you buy, stop to think about it, consider the option with the least amount of packaging or switching to paper from plastic packing, also look to purchase things that will last for a long time rather than something that will need replacing frequently.
2. Take a reusable coffee cup and reusable bags when shopping - By bringing your own coffee cup to your local cafe or your own bags to your local grocery shop you are helping to reduce plastic waste.
3. Re-cycle your plastics - Ensure that you are putting the right rubbish in the correct bin.
Jan 1st: beeskin nail brush. Made of vegan tampico bristles (which is an agave species) and sustainable bamboo, there is no plastic in our nail brush. In our opinion, the brush also looks much more sophisticated in the bathroom than a comparable brush made of plastic.
Jan 2nd: Glass containers. As far as possible, we make our own sauces. At the weekend, for example, we had an egg-free aioli. It tastes best when it's fresh. You can keep the aioli in a jar in the fridge for a few days. No aluminium or plastic packaging and you can simply put the jar on the table and it even looks nice.
Jan 3rd: beeskin Cotton swabs can be used for so many things: personal hygiene, cleaning and even art projects. 🤓 However, most cotton buds are not sustainable. The shaft is often made of plastic and the cotton buds can only be disposed of in household waste.
Jan 4th: Rather than buying pre-packed cheese strings or cubes, we buy a big chunk of our favorite cheese and cut it into small pieces ourselves. This does not only save plastic but also money. Wrapped in beeskin, those cheese pieces stay fresh longer.
Jan 5th: Paper Confetti. As beautiful as glittering confetti is, unfortunately the paper contains varnish or even plastic that is ultimately harmful to the environment and remains with us long after the party is over. Children have fun making their own confetti. All they need is a hole punch and some thick, colourful paper - even scratch paper that is no longer used for painting or handicrafts.
Jan 6th: Food "sweats" under plastic film, creating condensation liquid. This provides an ideal breeding ground for mould-forming bacteria. One of the positive properties of our beeskin roll, however, is that it allows food to breathe, but at the same time allows it to breathe and thus prevents mould.
Jan 7th: beeskin beeswax Bags. Ditch resealable plastic bags!! and swap them with a long lasting solution to your plastic bags problems.
Jan 8th: A great craft to do with children is to make your own gift wrap, using your new or old beeswax wraps
Jan 9th: Most of the time vegetables are wrapped in plastic when buying it. In many stores you can grab them without plastic, carry it in a cotton bag and store it in Beeswax wraps at home.☺️ Our L-sized beeskin Bags can be used to store larger and more food. It can hold a volume up to 7 liters (25cm x 45cm)
Whatever the choice, together we are creating a habit that is going to stop plastic waste and create a cleaner and healthier planet.