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Seas & Straws Spotlight, Issue #005 --Make your kitchen plastic-free!
January 29, 2021

In the issue: Be a leader; Make your kitchen plastic-free; Did you know that...


how are you today?

Have you ever thought about how much (plastic) trash you produce every day, every week, every year?
Trash is a part of our daily lives. The wrapper from the candy you just ate is trash. Your phone bill statement from last month is trash. Even the black plastic bag you use to throw out your rubbish is trash. We, human beings, produce trash countless times a day, more than we are aware of. And our ignorance towards the situation is an issue.

As an inhabitant of Planet Earth, we should try to change the way we live, and inspire others to do so as well.
Destroy the myth that going plastic-free is impossible. Whether you live in a hut by the ocean or in a fancy city apartment, you can live a zero waste lifestyle. Yes, it is a very challenging task in our fast-paced, throwaway culture, and many people are probably going to ignore you. Some might even stop seeing you.
But if you stay true to your path, you will inspire others to follow you.
You will become a leader.
Do not give up!

Need help on your path? Just reply to this email and ask away!

Make your kitchen plastic-free

If there's any room in your home where you should start with your plastic-free, zero waste journey, it's the kitchen. Why? Because plastic is particularly harmful to our health when it comes into contact with food (especially hot food). So, it's important for a healthy lifestyle that you make your kitchen as plastic-free as possible.

Here are a few tips on how you can do that:

1. The kettle

If you are still using a plastic kettle, it's high time that you switch to a glass or stainless steel one. A kettle's sole purpose is to constantly heat up water to 100 °C (212 °F), a temperature that plastic cannot withstand. The surface becomes porous and releases BPA and phthalates into the water every time it boils. This means that each time you brew your tea with a plastic kettle, there are chemical toxins in it. Yuck!

2. The tea

And speaking of tea, did you know that many tea bags contain plastic? Yes, you heard me right. Just like the kettle, the boiling water flushes chemical additives from the plastic into the tea. This also means that tea bags are not biodegradable and do not belong in the compost.
If you choose to buy organic loose tea instead, you can be sure that your tea is as healthy as it should be.

3. The coffee

As we live in a very convenience-driven society, many people nowadays choose capsule machines that require you to use an aluminum or plastic capsule every time you brew your coffee. Nespresso alone produced an incredible 4.8 trillion coffee capsules last year!
You can avoid all this trash by buying a reusable stainless steel coffee pod. It can be filled with ground coffee and fits all standard Nespresso machines. No waste, 100% coffee enjoyment.

You can find these and many more tips in my new blog post -> Just click here

Did you know that...?

... people eat at least 50,000 plastic particles a year? And that's not all; according to studies, the same amount is inhaled, especially in cities. Microplastic has invaded every part of nature and human life; it's in the soil, the rivers, the air, in our homes. It has been found in bottled and in tap water, seafood, sugar, salt, and beer. You can't escape it. And we're just beginning to understand the effects on our health.

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