plastic, Safe the planet

Bend me, shape me, anyway you want me.

That’s the refrain of a song from the American Breed and it’s actually about love, but it could as well be about plastic – the most versatile material in the world. We can form it anyway needed.
So what exactly is plastic?
It’s a syntetic material, made by humans and consists of polymers (long molecules built around chains of carbon atoms, typically with oxygen, sulfur, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen filling in the spaces). There also exists natural plastic, like Cellulose, but since the beginning of the industrial age the use of syntetic plastic increased drastically since it’s easy to process and cheap in production. Nowadays we mainly use those syntetics, which has a huge impact on our environment, as we produce and throw away an awful amount of it.

As it still is a relatively new technology, the environment and the animals didn’t have a chance to evolve with it and can’t process or break it down. This waste of plastic causes problems like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a giant patch of floating plastic in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean made from plastic bottles and packaging.
A platic bottel for example Needs About 500 years until it is rotten and you can imagine, when the trash slowly breaks down in the ocean, it turns into small particles, called micro plastic. (smaller than 5mm). As those small particles have almost the same density as water particles, the inhabitants of the oceans (or animals in general) have no chance to distinguish between things they can eat and poisoning plastic particles.
And as most people eat meat, they also eat the plastic particles the animals ate. So a part of our bodies is already poisoned with plastic. (there are also particles found in honey).

The only solution to solving this issue is a quick change in our education, thinking and behaving. #educationiskey
If we want to keep our living standards, we can not just get rid of plastic. Actually plastic is a pretty stunning material, that allowed the invention of a Million things. We would not have cars, artificial replacement for body parts or water pipes if it was not for plastic, but we need to change the handling of it – how we make it, use it and recycle it in the end.

You can already recognise that a shift in thinking is happening as plastic straws and bags are banned or forbidden in many European countries. In December 193 countries all over the world signed a UN contract to stop plastic waste to enter our oceans and society in general changes the consuming behaviour and this is where everyone can start, buying unwrapped veggies (especially at the local farmers market, at the bio store or if you have the chance at a package-free-store). Stop using earbuds, get packagefree shampoo and look into the constituent parts of the things you use and go for the micro plastic free version.

Together we can make a change.




Chemistry on my skin

Would you take a bath in a chemical solution? Well, I also wouldn’t! But you are totally fine with pouring chemical parfumes over your body and using other cosmetic products that contain plastisisers? I would recommend taking a second guess about what’s wrong here.

An overall study made by the federal Ministry for Environment and Nature Germany tested over 60.000 beauty products, and over 30% contained hormonal active ingredients, which are not forbidden in Germany and Austria (and so many other countries around the world – check out the law for your country!). The fatal thing about it is that those ingredients trouble our hormonal balance. The chemicals get into our blood-circulation-system via skin contact, because our body can not distinguish between our own hormones and the external hormones and in the end they all mix up.

Why are those ingredients even part of so many beauty products?
It’s the easiest way to create a UV-filter, which can be the cause cancer. So it is quite obvious that e.g. not natural-based sunscreens (especially the 50+ sunscreens) are chemical maces. But what could you use instead? Most natural oils have a sunprotector in them. I personally love to use coconut oil for my day-to-day routine, but it washes off easily, when going for a swim. For “sunbathing” I always go for sesameoil – it keeps away about 30% of all the UV strips.
Our second enemy are  the preservatives, called PARABENES. They also get you out of hormonal balance. Of course it is great to have long-lasting products, but is it really worth harming your health? I don’t think so!

So make time, get informed about the products you use and check the ingredients! The good thing is, that you can either make your own beauty products  (just check out Youtube), use essential oils instead of dangerous fragrances, or get yourself some plant-based products. The companies I can recommend out of personal experience are Ringana and Be my friend.

So don’t look for excuses for staying with the products you are used to  just because it’s comfortable, but do yourself a favor and walk the healthy road.