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ENVIRONMENT ENGLISH POWER TO THE CONSUMERS! According to a study by the German Federal Environment Agency, 18 percent of those questioned believe that the federal government is not doing enough to protect the environment and the climate. But what about our private lives? We ourselves can partially reduce almost everything that causes emissions and pollution: Aviation and car miles, packaging of all kinds, meat and milk consumption, heating energy, paper, printer ink and clothes. Leaving it up to a handful of politicians to ensure that we will still have an intact environment in forty years‘ time makes about as much sense as trying to solve a math equation by baking pie. Us consumers have to take the reins into our own hands and send clear signals to the corporations through our consumer behavior. The supply must not determine the demand. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY IN EVERYDAY LIFE If you ask around, it becomes clear that most of us want to be more environmentally conscious. But the possibilities of doing so are in some cases still very limited. It‘s particularly difficult with plastic. If you look at the shelves in supermarkets, it quickly becomes clear why. Except for a few apples and bananas, almost everything is packaged. Since the bio-plastic alternative is not a real alternative either, the question arises: 18 CHECK NRW #1

ENVIRONMENT UNPACKAGED PRODUCTS Everyone knows that disposable dishes, plastic cups, plastic bags and straws are now a no-go. In addition, when shopping, you can make sure to buy loose instead of packaged fruit. GLASS INSTEAD OF PLASTIC Even if they are heavier to carry, you can buy bottled water and soft drinks that come in glass bottles. Tupperware can be replaced by glass containers that are also suitable for freezing. What should be done? SOAPS INSTEAD OF GELS Instead of shampoos and shower gels in stylish, colorful plastic bottles, you can also switch to soap bars for everyday use. These are now already available in bar form and are available for all kinds of hair types and needs – like dandruff, oily hair and skin, etc. But beware of fragrances that may be harmful to your health. PACKAGING-FREE STORES Anyone who is really curious about how to reduce packaging waste in the long-term can simply search for “packagingfree stores‘‘ on the Internet. In many German cities, there are small shops that only offer unpackaged goods. The first store of this kind in Berlin was “Original Unverpackt“ (Originally Unpackaged) located at Wienerstraße 16 in Kreuzberg. The trip is particularly worthwhile for durable products or things that you need every day but only buy once a month, such as laundry detergent. FOOD-SHARING When consumers signal to manufacturers that less is already more, corporations could adjust their production. Food waste is a particularly painful thing. The WHO estimates that around 1.3 billion tons of food end up in the trash worldwide every year. This equals the weight of 20 billion supermodels with an average weight of 65 kilograms. A good alternative to put a stop to this madness are so-called foodsharing initiatives. Restaurants, hotels, snack bars and bakeries offer to sell things that are not sold during the day for a lower price via certain Apps. ResQ Club or TooGoodToGo are among the most popular apps of this type. (ts,sw) Foto: This overview of toxins that pollute our body and the suggestions for changing consumer behavior are by no means complete. Do you have more ideas and suggestions that you would like to share with others? Then write an email to with the subject “#umweltbewusst“. We are happy to publish constructive thoughts from our readers. CHECK NRW #1 19

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