From May 28th to June 1st, the Green Office organized a Plastic-free week. Here is our report!
What did we learn?
- Life without plastic is fairly hard! It takes careful planning, thinking ahead, and don't put too much faith in the supermarket.
- Vegatarian products, cheese or candy? You will have a hard time finding it without plastic.
- Some cans have a plastic layer on the inside.
- How do you buy toilet paper?
- Plastic free living might be more expensive, since you have to buy many things in the organic store.
- Some issues are easy: bring your own bread for lunch, take your own mug and water bottle to work or school.
- Shopping for groceries on the market helps you buy plastic-free.
- Washing detergent can be bought in carton packaging.
- Buy your own reusable bag for bread, ask the baker to put it directly in the bag.
- At Ekoplaza you can buy nuts from bulk bins.
- At De Nieuwe Weg you can refill your own bottles with detergent or dishwashing liquid.
- At Simon Levelt you can take your own container to buy coffee and tea.
- For shopping without packaging, go to Mama Mini or Goud Goed.
- http://www.melktappaterswolde.nl allows you to fill your own bottles with milk.
- Local products can be bought at Ommelander Markt
What was hardest?
- Living truly plastic free is hard, plastic-light is much more doable.
- Getting a snack at the canteen? Your option is a banana…
- Are you using medicin? They are always packed in plastic.
- Buying chewing gum: impossible.
- Not paying attention: the strawberries at the market turn out to have a plastic container.
- If you go out to dinner a lot, you'll feel like you use less plastic.
- Not buying plastic might be cheaper, since all tempting snacks are packed in plastic.
Figures and facts
- 86 people participated and lived for a week without plastic.
- On Tuesday we showed the documentary "Minimalism".
- On Wednesday Green Ambassadors showed the documentary "A plastic ocean".
- On Thursday we crocheted with plastic at Edanz.
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