Congratulations to Myrte who is the winner of A Plastic Free Christmas Basket! Thank you to all those who entered and to those who helped sponsor our contest!
We don’t have to give up our daily conveniences to stop using single use plastics. There are alternatives regularly found on Bonaire. According to Ocean Conservancy 80% of plastic waste in the ocean comes from the land. The number third most common plastic item found in the ocean is plastic bottle caps followed in second place by plastic bottles. The number one item: cigarette butts.
Here is a list of alternatives submitted to us in our contest. A special thank you to those who entered.
-Glass or metal straws (preferably no paper, trees need to be spared as much as possible too)
-Reusable travel mugs, instead of plastic or paper mugs & cups for tea, coffee and other beverages in stores
-Reusable shopping bags and mesh fruit/ veggie bags
-Instead of single-portion coffee capsules or tea bags: brew your coffee the good old-fashioned way (percolator coffee is the best!) and buy loose leaf teas (use teapot or infuser).
-Glass jars or bottles (BYO) to fill with yoghurt, milk, (soda) water, juices, soda’s etc (when stores offer this, like Peanuts does). When stores don’t provide this, try to buy products in glass or otherwise in large containers instead of sixpacks or small plastic bottles. For soda water, this is a great way to make your own: https://sodastream.com No plastic bottles needed anymore! 🙂
-Stainless steel knife fork spoon
-Glass water bottle
-Solid Shampoo Bar (store it in a stainless steel tin)
-Stainless steel straws
-Stainless steel water bottle
-Ceramic Mug – Bring your own mug when getting coffee! Let’s get creative.
-Don’t buy plastic cutlery when going to the beach for a BBQ – just bring your metal cutlery from home
-Use re-usable plastic plates instead of single use ones
-Use metal re-usable straws
-Use a bar of soap instead of body gel in a plastic bottle
-Don’t use plastic bags but buy a re-usable cotton shopper instead
Thank you to those local businesses and NGO’s that contributed:
STCB Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire