Here we show you exciting tips on the topic of saving plastic. We'll also tell you what all of this has to do with our fashion. Be there and join us on our common mission!
Do you know what's in your cleaning and laundry detergents? In addition to the plastic packaging, they often also contain microplastics and harmful ingredients. We'll show you how to do it differently.
Thanks to glass bottles and cleaning tabs and powders, you can even do without single-use plastic when cleaning.
You can easily make many cleaning products yourself with just a few ingredients that you often already have at home anyway. Vinegar, baking soda, baking powder and citric acid are real all-rounders.
Washing synthetic fibers creates microplastics. It is best to avoid these fibers and instead rely on sustainable natural fibers.
Washing synthetic clothing creates microplastics. But did you know that plastic can already be in your laundry detergent?
Many detergents contain plastic in solid, liquid, gel-like or dissolved form.
(Source: Öko-Test 2019)
Our laundry nets are also made from organic cotton. Sensitive and valuable items such as bras, blouses or shirts can be safely washed and stored in these. By the way: The practical set is also ideal when shopping for vegetables, in order to avoid unnecessary plastic bags.
That's often the motto when we're on the road and before we know it, we're turning to plastic products.
But did you know that every German uses an average of 200 single-use plastic bottles a year? Put together, you could circle the world 135 times with these bottles in Germany alone. (Source: German Environmental Aid).
We'll show you how to do it differently.
There are more than 6,140 refill stations and drinking fountains throughout Germany where you can fill up tap water free of charge. Best of all, of course, in your favorite plastic-free drinking bottle.
Whether camping, picnicking or at work - you can take your food with you in reusable lunch boxes to reduce waste. Many restaurants and bakeries will also fill your food into containers you have brought with you.
Don't feel like always having your own lunch box or mug with you? No problem, many restaurants and cafés now offer you deposit systems that you can easily return to participating partners.
BPA stands for Bisphenol A and is an industrial chemical. It is found in particular in products made of polycarbonate, in epoxy resins and, until the end of 2019, in thermal paper and food packaging. BPA has been identified by European chemicals legislation as a substance of very high concern and can have negative effects on the human endocrine system. We therefore make sure that products such as lunch boxes, drinking bottles and pacifiers are BPA-free.
Sources: Federal Environment Agency 2021, BfR (2023)
What does BPA have to do with fashion?
Synthetic clothing, such as athletic wear, may contain BPA. It can be absorbed through the skin. This is particularly problematic when we wear our clothes directly on the skin for several hours. Therefore, our clear recommendation is clothing made from natural and ecological materials. These do not harm your skin or the environment.
Source: Sourcing Journal (2023)
…. is caused by every German every year when shopping - whether locally or online. Much of this packaging is made of plastic. (Source: BMUV 2023)
We'll show you how to do it differently.
Here you can fill many products yourself in containers you have brought with you and thus save a lot of packaging waste. Lunch boxes, bags and mason jars, which you probably already have at home, are suitable.
But don't worry if you don't have a zero-waste store near you, there are also many ways to save plastic in the supermarket. Bring your own cotton bags for loose fruit and vegetables, and opt for products in reusable, glass or paper packaging.
It's even worth taking a closer look online, since a lot of waste can quickly arise during shipping due to filling material and outer packaging. There are now many shops that do not only use plastic in their products, but also in shipping or reduce it.
We also try to be as resource-efficient as possible in shipping.
Fashion made from sea plastic and old PET bottles is becoming increasingly popular. But on the one hand the clothes are rarely made from 100% recycled material. On the other hand, an existing cycle, such as that of PET bottles, is broken up in order to produce polyester for the fashion industry from the bottles. The bottles then have to be reproduced, resulting in new plastic. In addition, clothing made from recycled plastic releases microplastics with every wash.
For us this is not a solution!
That's why we rely on recycling our own sustainable natural fibers. In our BetterRecycling collection, we give our own offcuts and yarn scraps a second life. And create new favorite pieces from them. You can send worn hessnatur clothing back to us and we will use it in our new collections. We have developed our own second-hand platform for well-preserved hessnatur styles. Under https://www.hessnatur.com/de/secondhand you will find all the important information.
But if we take a closer look around, we quickly realize that we are already confronted with a lot of plastic here - from toothbrushes to skin care products to bath mats.
We show them how to do it differently.
Solid products for showering are very economical and they also save a lot of plastic waste. In cosmetics, however, microplastics and synthetic polymers (so-called liquid plastics) are also used, for example as peelings or opacifiers.
Apps like Codecheck help them to identify (micro)plastic. Junglück, for example, completely dispenses with these substances.
There are solid products not only for the shower, but also for your dental care. With toothpaste tablets you also save a lot of plastic waste, which is already caused by the packaging. You can use a toothbrush made of wood or bamboo instead of plastic.
Razor blades or disposable razors quickly create plastic waste. Do you already know safety razors? They do completely without plastic. High-quality models can accompany you for a lifetime. With a bit of practice, you will not only have smooth skin, you will also shave sustainably and cheaply in the long run
Microplastics are formed in different ways. It is found in cosmetics, for example, or is caused by tyre abrasion. Did you know that up to 35% of the microplastics in our oceans worldwide come from synthetic clothing? (Source: European Environment Agency 2022) Washing clothes, including those made of polyester or nylon, releases them and is flushed into the sea via the sewage system and rivers.
What are we doing about it?
For us, plastic-free is not a new trend, but an integral part of our philosophy. That's why we use sustainable natural fibers such as organic cotton, linen or hemp in our fair fashion. We are also constantly working on new innovations, such as our Nature Shell - a functional material for outdoor clothing without plastic. Our circular denims made of COREVA™ do not contain any elastane. Natural rubber instead ensures the perfect fit.