Have you ever thought about how you influence the planet every day with your purchasing decisions and lifestyle habits? Not only you, but we all contribute significantly to the anti-aging of the earth. Time for an honest look at our consumer behavior and what each of us can do better.
Where is plastic everywhere and what are the consequences for the planet?
"Plastic is the plague of the 21st century" is the headline of the Greens boss Robert Habeck in the guest article on the environmental pollution caused by plastic in Die Zeit and refers to plastic capsules for our coffee, disposable cutlery, microplastics in toothpaste and more. Around forty kilos of plastic accumulate per capita in Germany - annually! In total, we produce more than 3 million tons (!) Of plastic per year.
Sad leadership: Germany and Ireland are champions in plastic pollution. For example, the substance gets into the oceans through our cosmetics, destroys the ecosystem there, and ends up on our plate. How could it come to this? It is time to rethink the way we live.
The problem is that we have become so used to the environmentally harmful substance that we use it every day ignorantly and as a matter of course: It starts with the packaging materials for our breakfast, our clothes, a shopping bag full of other plastic packaging and also: our cosmetics.
So how do we make it better for everyone? On the one hand, it starts with each of us changing our habits and accepting supposed inconveniences. On the other hand, companies have to produce more responsibly, for example, avoid unnecessary microplastics in cosmetics and become more sustainable in packaging. The following applies here: We all have a say in our purchase decision!
How do I reduce my plastic consumption?
As I said, we have all gotten very used to the convenience of plastic - and no one breaks habits so easily from one day to the next. So we have to rethink our daily actions step by step and start with very simple things. For example:
- Always have a shopping bag with you so that you don't need plastic bags or paper bags.
- Avoid unnecessary plastic packaging: Buy fruit and vegetables in bulk and go directly to the fresh food counter for meat and cheese, where packaging can use less plastic.
- If you have a choice, fundamentally prefer the products that are packed more economically.
- Start doing things yourself again. It's more honest with yourself and For example: self-cooking instead of ready meals or home-made products. The blog Plastikfreier leben shows with various examples how well this works.
- Don't throw everything away immediately. Use things until they are really useless. It also means repairing something instead of buying it directly. Incidentally, this also improves your skills and knowledge!
- Pay attention to the composition of the textiles in your clothing. The article on Codecheck gives some tips and also explains how you should deal with laundry to avoid damage.
Cosmetics is a case that is particularly important to us, after all, we, sober, have a special responsibility here. But we are not the only producers in the world. Many manufacturers of cosmetic products use microplastics and also pack them in plastic. To put it bluntly: You buy plastic wrapped in plastic. This is bad for the environment, not optimal for your skin. The only advantage: it is very cheap. Because plastic doesn't cost much - at least not much money.
So that you don't buy plastic in your cosmetics, Greenpeace offers a checklist for download . The list of no-go ingredients:
- Acrylate copolymer (AC)
- Acrylate Crosspolymer (ACS) • Dimethiconol
- Polyamides (PA, nylon)
- Polyacrylates (PA)
- Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) • polyquaternium (PQ)
- Polyethylene (PE)
- Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
- Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) • Polypropylene (PP)
- Polypropylene glycol (PPG)
- Polystyrene (PS)
- Polyurethane (PUR)
Incidentally, the government in Sweden has decided to ban cosmetic products with microplastics from July 1, 2018. Since then, no new cosmetic articles containing plastic particles for cleaning, abrasive and polishing purposes have been allowed to come onto the market. Great Britain wants to follow suit soon - we hope that this will soon happen across the EU.
As sober cares about the environment
First of all: we are not saints and have not leased morals. But we try to contain possible damage to the environment and always want to be better when it comes to protecting the environment. That is why we rely 100 percent on renewable energies and reduce our paper consumption as much as possible. We are talking about our understanding of social and ecological responsibility at sober here .
You can see from our product portfolio that you can buy sober products with a clear conscience:
Our care products: No plastic in the ingredients and packed in glass
With the Hydra Defense Cream , the Gentle Facial Cleanser , the After Shave Repair Fluid and the After Shave Body Lotion , we do not use any plastics. Why? Because good care has never needed plastic. We fill our creams in glass bottles, they are easy to recycle and are superior to plastic containers. The only catch: the pump dispenser. Here we use PET because we have so far lacked viable alternatives. After all, the PET is recyclable and comes from the EU - this means that transport and CO2 emissions are better than when imported from China.
We use paper for the outer packaging, which is 100% recycled and thus protects our forests. All types of paper we use have the FSC® seal. FSC® stands for wood from well-managed forests.
Our shave: long-lasting and sustainable
We already talked about the advantages of the safety razor here in the magazine . But it is also miles ahead of the system razor when it comes to the environment: it does completely without plastic and lasts a lifetime!
System razors are often made of plastic themselves, as are the blade attachments. The problem is that not only do you have to buy the blades regularly and thereby produce plastic waste, the plastic system razor also only lasts for a limited time.
We rely on noble stainless steel for the safety razor: it is robust, indestructible and on top of that it is still easy to hold. The razor blades are not made of plastic and are also cheaper. In total, you reduce the cost of blades to a seventh - and have a significantly better and more environmentally friendly shave for significantly less money.
On the go with environmentally friendly products
Our leather case for your shaving utensils consists of a natural leather that is excellent for its allergy and environmental friendliness. Because: It is not only handmade, but is tanned gently: vegetable and free of heavy metals! And because leather is made for a lifetime, you only buy a bag once.
We use Tyvek ® material for our Travel Wash Bag . The non-woven fabric is a polyethylene, but is considered environmentally friendly, because the paper-like material is incredibly robust and durable. In addition, Tyvek is much easier to recycle than other plastics, if our toiletry bag has to go that far: it can be washed at up to 60 ° C and, in theory, never has to be replaced by a new one. That reduces garbage.
We send your order without any additional plastic packaging! We use recycled cardboard and cardboard as well as crumpled recycled paper for transport protection.
We are not saints, but ...
... we want to do it for our planet and your skin as well as possible. If you have any further questions about the environmental friendliness of our products, please do not hesitate to contact us! #staysober