#meiplasticvrij - 62 zero waste swaps
Since a couple of years, I'm much more aware of my consumption habits and the impact on nature.
Last year, the #meiplasticvrij campaign was the perfect way to step up my game and the engage myself to share at least 31 plastic free swaps (old ones and new ones). Since then, we saw our non-recyclable-waste being reduced to at least half of what it was before.
This year, I wanted to add 31 extra plastic swaps to the 31 swaps from last year (you can follow my swaps daily on my IG-stories) and share some more about my experiences. It became clear to me, that living sustainable is not enough, it's also importent to rase awareness, being an activist and trying to inspire other people to do some swaps and/or become more aware of plastic consumption. I think showing people how easy it is to change some simple things, has an even bigger impact than just doing it by yourself! As @meiplasticvrij says: 'Each One, Teach One'. , because the more people see how it can be done, the more normal it becomes.
In this blogposts you can find my 31 plastic free swaps from 2020 and 2021.
I hope this list can give you some new ideas or inspiration, and, of course, I would love to hear your ideas!
Next to this list, I'm also working on a photo-series of people who are actively working on sustainability. These pictures and short interviews will be shared on this blog, onder the Zero Waste tag, and on my Instagram.
Let me start with the most importent tip:
Be Imperfectly Vegan
Be Imperfectly Zero Waste
Be imperfectly Plastic Free
Be imperfectly Sustainable
Because small conscious
changes are better than
non at all.
(Scroll down to see the other 62 tips)
Year 1 - day 1
1. Paper cotton swabs: since I saw the picture of the little seahorse, struck in a plastic cotton swab, by @justinhofman during a U.N. exhibition in 2018, I never bought plastic swaps again. Paper cotton swaps are available in most big warehouses, or in bio shops. Cotton swabs with paper instead of plastic are 100% compostable and the package made of 100% recycled material (without a plastic 'window'). Double score!
Year 1 - day 2
2. Wooden dish brush: unfortunately, the conventional yellow-and-green sponges most people are using, are made out of plastic ((I have used so many of them, before I knew this!! :()). Every time you use it, you are accidentally washing tiny particles of plastic into the sea. On the blog of @sustainablylazy, you can find all the reasons why sponges are not a good idea AND 15 sustainable alternatives for plastic dish sponges.
Year 1 - day 3
3. Edible straws: there are 170- to 500 million disposable straws used per day!!!! That's just crazy! I don't use straws at all, but by chance I've found these edible straws from Wisefood, and I must admit, it's much easier to drink 8 glasses of tap-water a day, f you can pretend these are cocktails... ;p
Year 1 - day 4
4. Home made Corona-kilo's (stored in a recycled pickle jar) , instead of store-bought-plastic-wrapped cookies. Super easy to make (only 3 ingredients) and super delicious. These so-easy-I-could-make-tem-myself zero-waste-cookies where made with:
(*) Also works with apple or banana
Year 1 - day 5
5. Plastic free shopping: inspired by Gittemary Johansen's series on Zero Waste Supermarket Shopping, I try the same at my supermarkets. On the picture you can see the zero waste result of shopping at Aldi. Zero Waste shopping at a conventional supermarket can be a bit challenging and if you always go to the same supermarket, you haven't got a big variety of zero-waste things to chose from. I was lucky to find strawberry's in a compostable package, so I celebrated this win by buying a bottle of sparkling wine! ;)
P.S. This is how 30 days of waste per person looks like...
Check @robjgreenfield for more tips on a inspiring, educating and empowering actions on sustainability, equity and justice.
Year 1 - day 6
6. Plastic free gum: chewing gum is made of plastic!
One more time, just because: chewing gum is made of plastic!
This is why you can see the black spots on every side walk. They stay there forever, because it's plastic!
The consumption of chewing gum creates 100,000 tonnes of Plastic Pollution every year. How crazy is that?!
Most of the chewing gum is made from butadiene-based synthetic rubber, a polymer, a plastic product made from oil, a bit like the stuff we use to make car tires. This very interesting article on the Just One Ocean blog tels you everything about it!
Since I've discovered this gross thought, I'm only buying plastic-free-gum, like True Gum, a Danish brand who makes plastic-free, sugar-free and vegan chewing gum, with delicious flavors! (ginger is my favorite)
Year 1 - day 7 & day 8
7 & 8. Home made bread & home made pizza
If this lockdown is good for one thing, it might be home made bread and home made pizza!
Year 1 - day 9
9. Reusable cotton pads: since I saw the beautiful, handmade, cotton pads from @claudia.dn, I'm only using my reusable cotton pads. Mine are not as pretty, but they do the job perfectly, and I never bought any single-use cotton pads (nor an extra set of reusable pads) since. (Did you know it's almost impossible to recycle cotton pads?)
Year 1 - day 10
10. Poop bags with biodegradable plastic technology. According to Wikipedia Biodegradable plastics are 'plastics that can be decomposed by the action of living organisms, usually microbes, into water, carbon dioxide, and biomass. Biodegradable plastics are commonly produced with renewable raw materials, micro-organisms, petrochemicals, or combinations of all three.'
Altough they can biodegrade a little bit faster than normal plastic bags, it still takes years to do so. It's a little bit better, but still not 'good'.
All plastic bags or package I accidentally get (f.e. the package of toilet paper), I also use as a poop bag. This way, it has at least two uses, instead of a single-use.
All tips and suggestions on completely plastic-free-poop-bags are welcome! (I live in a city and I don't have a garden, so picking it up with a scoop or newspaper are unfortunately not an option.)
Year 1 - day 11
11. Plastic free dog toys: toys from ropes, a bone from coffee wood, 2nd hand stuffed animals... There are not many, but still a couple of possibilities (although I have to admit the plastic and VERY noisy little pig toy is still Missy's all time favorite... ;)).
Year 1 - day 12
12. Bamboo toothbrush = the easiest swap with an incredible impact. I you remove the nylon bristles, the bamboo can be thrown in the compost bin!
Every plastic toothbrush ever made since their invention in 1938 still exists somewhere on this planet!
To give you an idea about how many this is: if you laid out the toothbrushes thrown away in the U.S. in a year, they would wrap around the Earth four times! If everyone replaces his toothbrush about every 3 to 4 months, about 23 billion toothbrushes would get trashed annually. Most toothbrushes are unrecyclable because the composite plastics most are now made of are difficult, if not impossible, to break apart efficiently.
Year 1 - day 13
13. Plastic free snack: popcorn.
I could eat salty snacks all day long, but knowing that the packaging of chips and lots of other snacks are almost impossible to recycle, made me look for alternatives. Slated home made popcorn is not only plastic free (you can buy mais in bulk), but also very budget-friendly and very easy to make. Win + win + win! :)
Year 1 - day 14
14. Compostable packaging: in almost every grocery store you can buy eggs in a compostable package. When it's made of cardboard, you can trow it in the compost bin!
Year 1 - day 15
14. Soap bars: another super easy and extreme effective plastic-swap: soapbars everywhere: one at the kitchen sink, one at the bathroom sink and one in the shower.
Year 1 - day 16
16. Shampoo bar: here are 7 reasons to make the switch to shampoo bars (via unwrappedlife)
great for travel
a low carbon footprint
Year 1 - day 17
17. Ice cream in a cone: even if you don't like the cone, it's a better choice than ice cream in a plastic cup!
P.S. Berlin has THE BEST ice cream bars with lots of vegan options! I loved this 'kugel' of vegan raspberry sorbet from Rosa Canina!
Year 1 - day 18
18. Plant based coffee mug: most disposable coffee cups are non-recyclable, unless you find a gem like the Holzmarkt in Berlin, where they have plant based coffee mugs, which can be composted!
Year 1 - day 19
19. Drinking bottle: Every minute, 1 million plastic bottles are bought in the world and according to the National Geographic, 91% of all plastic is not recycled worldwide. Best case scenario, they end up in landfill. Worst case scenario, they end up in the sea, causing harm to birds, marine animals, and fish.
It's not only THE EASIEST PLASTIC SWAP, but also the most budget friendly. If you swap two plastic bottles a day for one stainless steel reusable bottle, you safe more than 700 euro a year!
Year 1 - day 20
20. Baking soda, the zero waste hero!
Baking soda can be bought in bulk or in paper bags and it can be used in countless ways.
These are my favorite baking soda swaps:
As a cleaning product (no chemicals and no micro plastics through the drain!)
As a laundry whitener (no chemicals in your clothes!)
To unclog drains (no chemicals and no micro plastics through the drain!)
More baking soda ideas? In this article you can find uses for this miracle compound.
Year 1 - day 21
21. Vinegar, another zero waste hero!
Vinegar can be bought in glass bottles or in the bulk store an it can be uses in countless ways.
These are my favorite vinegar swaps:
As a cleaning product (no chemicals and no micro plastics through the drain!)
As a laundry softener (no chemicals in your clothes, and no, your cloths wont's smell as vinegar!)
As a descaler for the coffee maker (no chemicals in your coffee, nor in the drain!)
On my salad! :)
More vinegar ideas? In this article you can find 16 genius vinegar uses.
Year 1 - day 22
22. Flowers in paper packaging: whenever you buy flowers, it’s a good idea to support a local florist near you, rather than ordering online. This will help boost your local economy, and it also takes less time to get to you, resulting in less carbon emissions. Also, you can ask to pack the flowers in paper, instead of plastic. More tips on how to get sustainable flowers on the blog of @going.zero.waste.
Year 1 - day 23
23. Recusable bag: I only use reusable bags. I have a tote bag instead of a handbag and there's always a bag, in a bag, in a bag, because, you never know when you might hit a Farmers Market on the road! ;)
BUT, there is a but! The production of cotton bags is less sustainable than the production of a plastic bag, so if you use a cotton bag, make sure to use is for a long time and not use it as an easy replaceable bag.
Even though reusable bags are often made of recycled materials, most of the time they are not recyclable their self!
In this article about Reusable Shopping Bags, you can read that 'Some studies say that it takes 100 uses of one of those reusable bags to offset the amount of energy it takes to manufacture them beyond a regular, non-reusable plastic bag.'
Year 1 - day 24
24. Plastic free toothpaste: dental tabs!
We all need tooth paste, but unfortunately, the tubes of tooth paste are not recyclable at all!
This is why I al so happy with dental tabs. One package of dental tabs (125 tabs) in a paper bag equals the use of two non-recyclable toothpaste tubes. And although it takes a while to get used to the structure, it pays up so much, if you think about how much plastic you can safe!
Year 1 - day 25
25. Experimenting with deo: I must admit I haven't found the perfect deo yet. I've been experimenting with deo cream, a natural deo roller and deo kristal. All of them come in a glas jar, but al of them also have a plastic lid. The search goes on!
Year 1 - day 26
26. Kitchen garden: I don't have very green fingers, but my kitchen gardens always do very well.... :) The fresh herbs in pots on the window shell keep on growing and regrowing, so they make sure I have to buy much less dried herbs in packages.
Also, a lot of vegetables sprout again VERY easy! Green onion, leek and celery are ready to use again in less than a week.
Year 1 - day 27
27. Composting! Probably the most effective tool when living as zero waste as possible! We don't have a yard, but in Berlin, compostable materials are being collected. This means our trash is cut by at least 30%!
And that's not all...
When food gets thrown into landfill it doesn’t break down & it releases methane, a toxic greenhouse gas. Methane is 72% more powerful than CO2 which means it’s responsible for hastening climate related issues.
If yo have a yard, composting is literally giving back to the earth. ❤
Even if you don't have a yard, there are a lot of possibilities:
You can store your food scraps:
In a compost caddy (a small bucket or bin with a lid) on your kitchen counter
In a paper bag in your freezer (it won’t make your freezer smell)
On your balcony or porch if you have one
You can bring your food scraps:
To a local community garden with compost bins.
Ask local growers or farmers if they are interested in your food scraps.
Ask friends or family who have a compost bin or chickens if you can bring your food scraps to them.
Find a community composting organisation, like @sharewaste . You can sign in as a compost donor & find a compost host in your local who will accept your scraps
Year 1 - day 28
28. Conditioner bar: I bought this conditioner bar at the Lush naked store (= not only plastic free, but completely package free). It smell delicious!
Year 1 - day 29
29. Follow Friday: 'each one, teach one', here are a couple of my 'teachers':
Year 1 - day 30
30. Jars: almost everything is available in glass bottles or jars. If I can't find it in glass, I always realize, I don't really 'need' it. :) And the best thing about glass bottles and jars? They can be recycled or reuse over and over again!
Year 1 - day 31
31. And beyond... By being more aware of my plastic consumption for a whole month, I realized how easy it is to make plastic-free swaps, but I also realize how much more plastic (and other waste) we still have. This is not a one month-a-year-thing, but a way of life.
Year 2 - day 1
32. Reusable sanitary pads: did you know it take 500 to 800 years to breakdown single use sanitary pads? I was so shocked when I first heard that! Imagine all these sanitary pads in the landfill or in the sea...
Luckily there are so many reusable options these day!
Year 2 - day 2
33. Easy like Sunday Morning: just buy the plastic-free alternative.
(and if you ask me, ketchup does taste better from a glass bottle instead of a plastic bottle! :))
Year 2 - day 3
34. Body lotion bar: soft legs, zero waste.
Year 2 - day 4
35. Diy dish soap: dish soap is super easy to make yourself. I'm using the recipe from The Zero Waste Project: only three ingredients and super easy to make yourself:
500 ml water
Zero waste and works like a charm!
My collection of dish washing products:
Citrus peels! They are able to scrape stuck-on messy food & grease from dishes without releasing micro plastics or chemicals! When I'm done, I trow them in the compost bin.
My home made dish soap.
Used coffee grounds, for greasy pans and for the oven plate.
If I have nothing of the above, I use a store bought natural dish washing product. I leave it in the closed, and only use it as an emergency solution.
Year 2 - day 5
36. Diy cleaning product: the diy classic: vinegar with orange peels:
Put the orange peels (or lemon, or grapefruit, or lime) in the bottle.
Fill half of the bottle with vinegar.
Fill the other half with water.
Leave to bottle in the closet for a week and after that you have the perfect zero waste cleaning product.
No micro plastics, no chemicals, and don't worry, no vinegar smell! ;)
Year 2 - day 6
The package is completely made out of cardboard and can be recycled in the paper bin.
It took me a whole year before it was empty! And now I bought a refill, in a paper bag, so I can use it for another year.
Before, I used dry shampoo sprays. I needed a new spray every month.
This means 12 sprays vs 1 compostable bottle!
Or 24 sprays vs 1 compostable bottle + 1 paper bag!
Or 24 x 5 euro (120 euro) vs 2 x 10 euro (20 euro)!
Year 2 - day 7
38. Zero waste deo: last year I was experimenting with deo creme, deo roll and dry kris tall, both the all had a plastic lid. This year I discovered the zero waste deo from We Love The Planet.
This deo as well as the tube is 100% natural. Zero Waste, no chemicals and works perfect!
When the tube is empty, you can recycle it with paper or put it in the compost bin.
Year 2 - day 8
39. Zero waste sunscreen: We Love The Planet has also sunscreen in cardboard tubes.
The sunscreen is made of 100% natural ingredients, so you don't so you don't rub chemicals on your skin.
When the tube is empty, you can recycle it with paper or put it in the compost bin.
Year 2 - day 9
40. Plastic free plant pots: terracotta pots and glass jars.
Year 2 - day 10
41. Zero waste plant food: my weekly plastic-and-chemical-free-zero-waste-plant-fertilisers:
banana peel soaked in water: banana peels have the highest organic sources of potassium. Potassium aids plants in moving nutrients and water between cells. Potassium strengthens plants' stems and also fights off disease
rest of coffee: coffee is a great source of nitrogen, and plants that enjoy more acidic soil can benefit from certain levels of nitrogen, like blueberries, azaleas, and rhododendrons.
rice water (the water from ringing the rice and the water from boiling the rice): rice contains starch and minerals. The starches are beneficial to plants, encouraging healthy bacteria that grow in the roots. And the minerals, nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, are also beneficial to plants.
Year 2 - day 11
42. Plastic free take-away-coffee: each year, an estimated 50 billion disposable paper cups are used in the US only. 2.5 billion on the UK and 1 billion in Australia.
Only 1% of these cups are recycled! Most paper cups are difficult to recycle because they have a thin plastic lining to keep the cup from getting wet.
Kaffeeform makes reusable cups out of used coffee grounds.
A bicycle courier collective gathers used coffee grounds from selected cafes and roasteries in Berlin and then brings them to a social workshop.
There, the grounds are dried and preserved. At small plants in Germany, the material is then compounded and shaped into coffee cups. Once back in the social workshop in Berlin, the cups receive their final polish, are packaged, and sent to cafes, shops, and end customers.
Year 2 - day 12
43. Zero waste coffee: used coffee grounds can be composted, instead of trowing it with landfill, but I also use it for many other things:
cleaning pans and the oven plate: used coffee grounds are the best cleanser for greasy pots and oven plates! I use it almost daily.
odor neutralizer: I have a jar with used coffee grounds next to the kitchen sink, to scrub my hands after cutting garlic or onion.
best zero waste body scrub ever: so easy to make: two spoons of used coffee grounds + two spoons of coconut oil + two spoons of sugar. I use it one time a week and and afterwards my skin feels incredible soft!
fertilizer for plants: one time a month, I give my plants a teaspoon of used coffee grounds.
The est of the used coffee grounds go in the compost bin, even the (unbleached) coffee filters!
Year 2 - day 13
44. 'Each One, Teach One': I'm committed to play a more activist role in living sustainable.
Changing habits is an important step, but helping people around me to see that it is easy to change some simple things, has a much bigger impact!
Step one is listing up my tips, suggestions, experiments, ... and share them on my blog en Instagram and Facebook. Not only doing it, but also telling it! :) And I'll make sure to share my zero waste experiences more often and not only during the month May. ;)
Year 2 - day 14
45. Interview with Antje from Erica Naturkosmetic: during my zero waste journey, I try to learn as much as possible, from as many as possible different people. Next to reading books, watching documentaries, following Instagrammers and YouTubers, I also decided to visit people who are professionally engaged in a sustainable lifestyle. By taking pictures and a little interview, I want to share stories from these inspirational humans.
I'm starting this new series with Antje. Antje is the owner of ERiCA Naturkosmetik and you can read her story and see her beautiful zero waste store in this blogpost: https://www.silviebonne.be/single-post/antje-about-zero-waste-natural-cosmetics-and-no-poo
Year 2 - day 15
46. Reusable Baking Paper: I use baking paper all the time. Sometimes I even cook whole meals in the over. Using reusable baking paper has a big impact on my waste.
Unfortunately, single use baking paper can not be recycled.
Baking paper has a thin lining, similar to coffee cups, which makes it difficult for the paper to be separated from the silicone coating.
I used to buy about one roll of baking paper a month! That's twelve non-recyclable rolls a year!
And the reusable mat can be used for several ears, so I can probably swap at least 48 rolls of non-recyclable baking paper for one reusable baking mat. Yay!
Year 2 - day 16
47. Zero waste veggie broth: every time I cook, I ut the veggie scraps in a jar in the freezer. When I have 4 jars, I put all the scraps in a pot tho cook them. Once this has been sifted, you have delicious, zero waste, full of taste, veggie broth. Super easy!
Year 2 - day 17
48. Zero waste cooking with Coco Shin: Last week I visited Coco. Coco has an interesting You Tube Channel about all things vegan, sustainable and radical self care. Last week I could visit her to take some pictures while she was recording a zero waste plant based recipe video.
She made a colourful rainbow salad with almost no waste.
Did you know you can save the water from cooking the beans! Unsalted, it tastes like a savory tea and contains the vitamins and minerals the beans lost from cooking. I’ve tried it and it’s absolutely delicious!
You can find more tips and the full recipe on my blog!
Year 2 - day 18
49. Bulk Herbs I'm a big users of herbs, so I need a lot of them. The small amounts at the grocery stories are usually packet in plastic tubes and contain only about 25 gram. I mostly buy my herbs in the bulk store (straight in my glass jars), the Asian supermarket or online (f.e. Spice Village). At the Asian supermarket and via Spice Village, you can find bags of 100 gram (vs 25 gram in the supermarket) for 1,5 euro (vs 3 euro in the supermarket). I'm not paying more for the plastic container than for the herbs! Thank you!
Year 2 - day 19
50. Zero Waste Fruit and Vegetables In most big cities you can take a subscription to a fruit and vegetables box. In Berlin we have a subscription to the Etepetete Bio-box. Every week a box filled with seasonal fruit and legs, whiteout any form of plastic is delivered by bike.
Year 2 - day 20
51. Less dairy, easy diy alternative: oat milk! The dairy industry has a catastrophically large foodprint. Going easy on dairy products is absolutely necessary and is one of the best ways to reduce your impact on the earth.
I don't need a lot of milk (I don't really like it), but when I do, I usually make some easy oat milk myself. It's super simple and I like it so much better than regular milk! You can find a recipe on the PlantYou website.
P.S. I use the left over oatmeal from making the milk, to make oatmeal cookies.
Year 2 - day 21
52. Less meat, more plants I am not vegan, but I have been mostly vegetarian since I was 15 (which means for 29 years?!?). What started as a solidarity action with my mom, who then received her first chemotherapy and decided to stop eating meat for health reasons, gradually turned into a sustainable way of life.
In recent years I have been experimenting more and more with vegan dishes.
I have never really liked milk and eggs, so I have been using milk alternatives since a long time already. However, I quite like a good piece of cheese, but since this year I have drastically reduced my cheese intake and I must admit that I miss cheese much less than I expected.
What Would Happen If Everyone Stopped Eating Meat One Day a Week?
In this article, you can read the enormous impact of reducing meat consumption: 'It takes approximately 1,700 gallons (6.435 liters)of water to produce a single pound of beef—but just 39 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of vegetables. By skipping meat one day a week, Americans could save an estimated 100 billion gallons (378.541.178 liters) of water each year.'
In this blogpost, you can find my favoriete plant based Instagrammers and YouTubers and three Super Simple, Plant Based, Zero Waste recipes.
Year 2 - day 22
53. Homemade food vs processed food: Homemade = preventing a lot of package and mostly a lot of preservatives, and other additives that don’t belong in food, nor in your body. Some products are really easy to make yourself (if I can do it, anyone can do it! ;)) and safe a lot of plastic! F.e. tortilla’s, oatmilk, humus, tapenade...
Year 2 - day 23
54. Home grown micro greens: store bought dry beans, peas, lentils, chia seeds, ... are all perfect to grow micro greens. Micro greens are super healthy and can be added to salads, soups, bread, ... everything! :) But when you buy micro greens at the grocery store, the packaging weights more than the greens themself.
At home you just need an empty jar and a strainer, so you can rinse the beans/peas.lentils/seeds... once a day. After about 5 days, your can harvest your greens!
Year 2 - day 24
55. Sustainable stockings:
'Each year, two billion pairs of tights are produced, worn once and then discarded. This makes the textile industry the second most polluting industry in the world. Landfills everywhere are full of poorly made and cheap non-biodegradable textiles - and it’s getting worse.
Swedish Stockings has a vision of being the world’s first circular hosiery brand. Meaning we want to be able to produce a new pair of tights from an old pair. As of now, we are not quite there yet. However, we are looking at new ways to produce our hosiery, researching new materials and production methods and are also researching how we can make the full circle one day soon. Meanwhile, we continue to produce our products from recycled and innovative materials including recycling all tights we can get our hands on.
The polyamide we source to create our stockings are not raw materials, rather they are pre-consumer or post-consumer waste materials from nylon industries, such as excess remnants from the sportswear industries. Although nylon is a non-natural, oil-based product, by using nylon remnants from other industries in our stockings, we save this excess waste from being sent to landfills to never (or rather, very slowly) decompose.'
Via Swedish Stockings
Year 2 - day 25
56. Air dry clothes: According to the US Energy Information Association (EIA), clothes dryers account for 5 percent of total household energy consumed in the US. Hanging clothes to dry not only reduces your electricity bill, it also makes your clothes—and sheets and towels—last longer, saving you more money.
Year 2 - day 26
57. Vintage Clothes v.s. Fast Fashion: During my zero waste journey, I try to learn as much as possible, from as many as possible different people. Next to reading books, watching documentaries, following Instagrammers and YouTubers, I decided to visit people who are professionally engaged in a sustainable lifestyle. By taking pictures and a little interview, I want to share the stories from these inspirational humans.
One of these inspirational people is Daria, who recently started Golden Girl Vintage, an online Vintage Shop for Vintage Lovers and Fast Fashion Haters, with beautiful, curated original 60's, 70's and 80's vintage pieces.
You can read her vision on how to avoid fast fashion on my blog.
Year 2 - day 27
58. Less washing, more mending
Year 2 - day 28
59. Fairfashion: Fast fashion leads to sexual assault!
There are so many reasons why Fast Fashion is absolutely not ok. Not only for the environment, but also for the people who make the clothes. Since 2017, I haven't bought anything anymore from companies like H&M, Zara, etc.
“We must understand gender-based violence as an outcome of the global supply chain structure,” said Jennifer Rosenbaum, US director of Global Labour Justice. “H&M and Gap’s fast fashion supply chain model creates unreasonable production targets and underbid contracts, resulting in women working unpaid overtime and working very fast under extreme pressure.”
You can read more about the report, made by Global Labour Justice, in this article: 'Hundreds of H&M and Gap Factory Workers Abused Daily'.
If you want to know if a brand does wel, not good enough or just very poor, you can use the goodonyou app or website.
And if you want to know more about greenwashing in the fashion industry, watch this YouTube video from Gittemary.
Some sustainable alternatives for fast fashion I used the last years:
Year 2 - day 29
60. Trash Pick up: Inspired by DirtyDogsBerlin, I'm picking up at least 3 pieces of trash, every time Missy poops. Same bag, extra filling... ;)
Once a week I bring a bigger bag (mostly the packaging from the toilet paper) and I clean up the spot where we are playing fetch.
Year 2 - day 30
61. Zero Waste Appetizers: fried rice paper and potato peel chips! Mmmmmmm! Soon on the blog!
Year 2 - day 31
62. Sustainable prints and envelopes: if you order my postcards or prints, I always send them in envelopes of recycled paper or cardboard. Postcards come in envelopes from grass seeds.
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