Your guide to living and traveling plastic-free

Seas & Straws - Your guide to living and traveling plastic-free

Welcome. 

Since you found this site, I suppose you are concerned with the amount of plastic in your daily life and its effects on you and/or the environment.

Or perhaps you've read somewhere that the various plastic products you use every day are not as safe for your health as you thought. Or you're a traveller like me and were shocked to see the amount of plastic debris in the ocean and at beaches that were once beautiful and pristine. 

Whatever it was, you are right to be alarmed.

Plastic Planet

Mother Earth has many problems these days. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest. 

Plastic looks so harmless. We use it every day, sometimes only for a few minutes, and then throw it away. Hardly any of us knows, however, that there is no "away" when it comes to plastic. We can't get rid of it. In fact, every piece of plastic that was ever produced is still on our planet somewhere. And every year, we are producing roughly 400 million metric tons more! 50 percent is single use, and 8 million tons of that end up in our oceans, killing countless animals year after year. 

Seabird nesting on plastic rope. Seas & StrawsSeabird nesting on plastic rope

Plastic is everywhere and it is dangerous. To us, to the environment, to every animal on the planet. In the last few decades, plastic pollution has grown exponentially to a point where the earth can take no more. The material has invaded every part of the earth, from the highest mountains to the deepest sea, from the busiest tourist beaches to the most remote, uninhabited islands.

It's in our bodies, too.

Plastic in our bodies

And that is a huge problem, because plastic is far from harmless. Every water bottle, every food container, every credit card or item of synthetic clothes contains a myriad of chemicals and toxins. Whenever you touch them, they leach a small amount of those toxins into your body. Considering the sheer amount of plastic items you touch every day, it accumulates. 

It's time to switch to a life without plastic

The good news is: you can do something about it. Step by step, one item after the other, you can ban plastic and its toxic side effects from your lives. You can switch to natural, plastic-free alternatives that do not release chemicals into your bodies and that do not end up polluting the environment. That helps not only you, your families and future generations. You also help save more than a million animals every year from ingesting plastic or choking to death.  

It's possible, it's doable and this site will help you achieve it.

You might start by informing yourself about why plastic is so dangerous (to animals and to us) and how it ends up in the oceans. Then you could read on about the best alternative materials and the best everyday household items made from these materials. After that, start making your home plastic-free, room by room. Finally, why not check out the plastic-free travel section?

On this site you'll find answers to questions like:

Whether you want to reduce single-use plastics in your everyday life or you’re looking for an eco-friendly, plastic-free holiday destination, I am here to help you make the conscious choice.

So, what would you like to do first?

Click on the link or on the picture to get started.

I know, it's hard (if not impossible) to completely ban plastic from your life, but that's not necessary. It's not your TV or your couch that ends up in the ocean, it's the single-use, disposable bottle or coffee cup, the throwaway cutlery or the cocktail straw. You can start to substitute those with eco-friendly alternatives, one item at a time. It's what I do (and I'm still in the process of doing it). It's easy, it's fun and it starts great conversations. Try it. 

For a start, you can help save lives and clean up our future by making a few simple changes.

  • Boycott single-use food containers and items wrapped in disposable packaging.
  • Request a plastic-free aisle at your favorite grocery store.
  • Stop buying bottled water. Choose reusable water bottles made from glass or metal.
  • Use your own shopping bags made from cotton, wool, or other renewable resources.
  • Choose cardboard and paper products. These items biodegrade naturally and are easier to recycle in most areas.
  • Skip the straw or purchase reusable straws made of metal, bamboo, or glass.
  • Try bulk shopping to eliminate single-use plastic food wraps and containers. 

And lastly, if there is another topic you would like me to write about, please let me know. I'm always happy to hear suggestions for new articles (or improvements :-)). 


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