How to avoid plastic trash -Part 1 – Breakfast essentials

I would like to start a new category as of today. I call the “Living more sustainable series”. In this series I would like to write the experiences and tips I have come across on my daily routine around the house, my business and life in general. Starting with breakfast and how to avoid plastic.

For me living more sustainable is a very hands on approach. And this approach and my daily experiences is something I would like to share from now on.

The posting frequency is random as I am writing these posts whenever I have some spare time.

Today’s post is the first post about avoiding plastics trash. Here in Germany (the country I live) plastic recycling is quite advanced. But improvements in the overall availability of plastic recycling is not enough.

Avoid plastic is the ultimate goal

It is about avoiding plastic altogether as the ultimate goal. But if you want to start straight away with your own personal impact, you could do whatever comes to mind when you think about your daily plastic waste in my view.

For me my plastic trash avoidance starts at breakfast. The first stop of the day can be a good starting point for rethinking your plastic usage. So lets look at the essentials such as bread, milk and butter for breakfast to not overstretch the length of this blog post.

Bread: Instead of buying any bread wrapped in plastics why not bake your own bread? Baking bread is super easy. Here is a great recipe to start: The simple white loaf. And I promise you that your own baked bread will be the first highlight of your day.

Milk: Any milk that has been filled into plastic bottles is horrible in my view. Tetra Pak‘s as use here in Germany is a better way but the best option is this one. Have you ever thought about going to an actual farm to buy your own milk? If you have some time during the weekend there is not much more fun for your child to see where the milk is coming from in my experience. Here are some impressions from a raw milk farm and its dispenser system: Buying local, raw milk in Germany.

Butter: There is nothing more satisfying in my view as a fresh piece of bread and some awesome tasting butter with it. Butter generally is not a product that has an overly amount of plastic wrapping but there are differences in quality and where the butter is coming from. Generally you should look for more sustainable butter products. This is a good guide from the Ethical Consumer if you are living in the UK for example .

That is all for now. My message is simple: In order to avoid plastic trash why not start to cook your own meals. Yes we are all busy, but a bit of effort can save you a lot of money and lots of plastic trash. So start to cook.

More blog posts coming soon. All feedback welcome. Please also have a look at our cornerstone articles discussing business and sustainability and how to promote sustainability via social media.

Picture credit:

plastic bags awaiting recyclingby EvelynGiggles

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