Every week the garbage collectors come. The bins in front of the houses are usually full to the brim. Statistics show that in 2018, every EU citizen will have produced a mountain of waste weighing 455 kg. In this country, many citizens think that a lot is being done for recycling. But the proportion that can be recycled from our waste is much smaller than one might think. Most of it will be burned in the end. What alternatives are there to help the environment?
It is now known that global waste production has catastrophic effects. A plastic carpet, four times the size of Germany, floats on the oceans. Plastic products can be found on the bottoms of the oceans, which have been lying there for 20 to 30 years. Nature can recycle plastic poorly or not at all. Instead, microparticles are permanently rubbed off, which then accumulate in the bodies of humans and animals.
The huge electronic waste dumps in Africa are also very well known. This is where rich industrialized countries ship their decommissioned equipment. Children poison themselves while trying to extract precious metals from the housings.
It's not pretty. The only question is whether this could be done better? There is a growing number of manufacturers who attach particular importance to this aspect. They enable their customers to avoid a large proportion of their waste.
In recent years, there has been increased media attention for the so-called "world-fair-improvers". They are known for using highly sustainable products in their daily lives, which are fully recyclable or biodegradable. What surprised many viewers or readers was that some of them could do almost completely without a dustbin, as they only buy products that have no packaging at all.
For normal consumers unimaginable, but it is possible. Because even in the year 1500 or 1700 our ancestors lived without significant waste production, washed their laundry and cleaned their house. A few examples of the organic products of today:
Otherwise only fresh vegetables are bought, which can be carried home in a basket. Some families reported problems with the meat. According to the law, a butcher may not touch a package of the customer to put the goods in it. But there are also ways and means to do this. In some areas, of course, plastic cannot be avoided. Television, radio or the Playstation - they are not yet available in the eco-version made of wood. Here you have to make a decision whether life goes on without or whether you are satisfied with reducing your waste production by about 80-90%. Whatever the decision, the planet will be happy with any solution.