It’s quite simple: If many people make a small contribution, the effect is big in the end! Basically, you always have to be aware that every decision to buy something, has an impact, not only on your own life or body, but also on the environment and it’s inhabitants. Every receipt is at the same time always a ball paper: a ball paper for our planet or against our planet, with which we support companies that pay attention to the environment – or companies that are only interested in profit.
When shopping, it is always advisable to ask yourself briefly whether you really need a product and whether there is perhaps a more sustainable alternative. Apps such as ‚Codecheck‘ or ‚ToxFox‘ can make your sustainable shopping very easy.
You can try to limit your own plastic waste production and palm oil consumption wherever possible! That’s not hard at all: you can simply take a textile bag with you to go shopping, buy unpacked fruits and vegetables and do without coffee-to-Go cups, straws and above all one-way plastics: such ‘little things’ add up when many people do it.
Our tap water in Germany is strictly controlled, it is not only healthier, but also much cheaper to refill your own reusable bottle than to buy plastic bottles.
Anyone who prefers bubbly water to still water can also buy a soda bubbler ... that’s more environmentally friendly and the annoying dragging of bottles is over. Instead of wrapping the bread in plastic or aluminum foil, use bees wax cloths. Such tips and tricks for a more environmentally conscious everyday life exist in the Internet innumerable …
You should also check whether cosmetic products contain micro plastics. In almost every drugstore, you can get plastic and micro plastic-free alternatives, which are biodegradable and vegan, and not more expensive than the environmentally harmful products.
For example, please do not buy Q-tips with plastic handles, there are also some made of recycled paper: I promise you won’t notice any difference, but nature will! With your next toothbrush, grab the bamboo version and generally do not use a disposable razors and products. So everyone can become a full-time environmentalist in their everyday life without having to limit themselves. You do not have to renounce on everything, you just have to rethink.
In general, you can support the good cause in every profession and at every workplace: don’t buy plastic bottles – use water dispensers and drinking bottles, save electricity, prepare dishes without palm oil, etc.
You can do great things even with small deeds. It starts with separating garbage in one’s own household, continues with changing one’s consumer behavior and supporting volunteer projects. Keep your eyes open: Perhaps there is an environmental or animal conservation association near you that can use some help?