A) Bring your own reusable containers and boxes
Plastic disposable cups and dishes are all around us – they come with the morning coffee from the corner store, with lunch in the office, with the food we take home. Their paper counterparts are regrettably not a good choice as well, as they typically have an additional plastic covering, that makes it difficult for them to decompose, or to be recycled.
СИПИ.еу offers the following solution – your own reusable cup – be it metal, ceramic or glass.Your own box, or just a jar, in which you can bring your food home.
It is healthier, more eco-friendly, and more enjoyable. Once we get used to this, plastic becomes unwanted.
B) Bring your own bag
In average every Бulgarian uses 240 plastic bags per year (according to data by the European commission). Many of these bags are only used once and are not being recycled. W can spot them in the branches of trees, in the sea or flying in the sky.
Bring your own bag! The damage being done by plastic is so big, that the price we really pay when we use a plastic bag is much more than a few coins.
A simple cloth bag is light, and takes up very little space. It does not tear easily, it is washable, and it looks good. You can carry whatever you want or need in it.
And even if you happen to have a plastic bag, use it again next time you go to the store.
Photos from the flash mob “Pull your head out of the bag”, organized by SIPI.eu and “Za Zemiata” in July 2014.
C) Buy without packaging
Years ago all the goods were sold in bulk. Nowadays things are a lot more different – we use a huge amount of paper and plastic packages. The climat changes and health problems makes people think about new alternatives. The first supermarket, where you can buy anything in bulk has already come true in Germany. Customers can bring there their own containers, which are filled in with the good they want. We can also make the first steps in this direction.
There are a lot of foods and products, than can be bought in bulk: from fruits and vegetables, through nuts and pulses, to even cat and dog food. Store clerks could weigh whatever you are buying in your own bag or box. This way we don’t use a disposable package and we have a better way of storing our food.
We now, of course, that we can’t stop using packages at all that fast. In such cases we can think about the next solution – recycling.