The 10 Best Choices . . .

Start the New Year right by kicking your plastic habit! While it’s not easy to eliminate plastic from your life completely, there are many things that you can do to reduce the amount that you use. Whether you live here in Bonaire or you’re only visiting to enjoy our natural beauty, there are many things that you can do to minimize the amount of plastic that you send to the landfill every week. Some are big, some are small…but if we all start doing them, we can make a difference.

Refuse the straw.  When you order a drink, just say “No straw please.” Many restaurants are catching on, so if you don’t need one, please don’t get one. If you like using one (or need one for medical reasons) there are many easy re-usable ones on the market. Look, this handy set comes with cleaning brushes!

BYOB..Bring Your Own Bag.  Not only when you’re grocery shopping. For other shopping too. Some of the “reusuable” bags that are getting handed out like candy are poor quality and can only be used a few times before they fall apart. Kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? Keep a few good quality shopping bags in your car for all your shopping needs. They even make ones for produce! 

Get in the cone zone.  When you’re ordering your ice cream or gelato choose your favour and then say no to a disposable cup and a plastic spoon. Cones are the plastic free way to go!

Use cloth napkins and towels instead of paper.  “But it’s only paper,” you say. Ah, but what’s it packaged in? Plastic. There, you reduced some more.

Enough with the water bottles!  Just stop. Now. Stop buying them. Luckily for us, the tap water is safe to drink. Get a reusable bottle. Reuse it. 

Sparkle your own water.  You don’t need a fancy machine to carbonate your tap water. CO2 refills are available at Bonaire Industrial Supply. All you need is a simple rig like this one and you’re good to go. You can get refills at BIS (Bonaire Industrial Supplies), and you’ll make your money back on this investment in about 6 months.

Buy big.  Buying in bulk not only saves you money, it saves the environment too because you’re using less packaging. A bottle of concentrated Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap can be diluted and used as a face, hair and body wash. You can find it at Nature’s Discount and it will last you several months.

Use alternatives to zip-lock bags and plastic wrap.  You have a lot of things in your house already that can be used again and again instead of single use plastic. Why not put your leftovers into glass jars or recycled yogurt/margarine containers, even a bowl with a plate on the top is a good option. There are also many cool products on the market that will help you to keep your leftovers fresh (and you’ll make your money back on them quickly considering the cost of a box of zip-lock bags!) Stretch silicone sets in different sizes will fit over just about any bowl you need or beeswax wraps can go directly around your food.

Be a smart shopper.  Being on an island, we can’t always buy locally (which saves on packaging and reduces your carbon footprint) but when we do shop online, there are ways to reduce your impact. Try to minimize your number of shipments by consolidating your orders or sharing an order with a friend. Also, if you’re ordering from Amazon, you can request Frustration Free Packaging and get less plastic shipped with your order. 

Choose your packaging wisely.  Take a second in the grocery store to really look at what you’re buying and how it’s packaged. Is there a plastic free option? For example, can you buy loose oranges instead of the ones that are plastic wrapped onto a piece of Styrofoam? If it needs to come in a container, is it one that you can re-use or re-purpose? If there are no plastic-free options, why not use your voice as a consumer by taking a picture and sharing it on social media asking the store where you bought it to give you a choice the next time? (And keep us in the loop with #aplasticfreebonaire)


Photo Credit Fireworks Spenser Sembrat on Unsplash
Photo Credit Ice Cream Cone by Hello I’m Nik on Unsplash
Photo Credit Smart Phone by  William Iven on Unsplash

Win A Plastic Free Christmas Basket


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: No plastic bottles needed anymore! 🙂

-Aluminum straws
-Stainless steel knife fork spoon
-Glass water bottle
-Glass container
-Glass plate

-Solid Shampoo Bar (store it in a stainless steel tin)
-Stainless steel straws
-Stainless steel water bottle
-Bamboo Toothbrush
-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:

Phish Phactory

STCB Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire

Sign Studio

Upcycle Bonaire


67 Things You Can Learn From This List

We asked you to send us a list of all the single use plastic found on Bonaire and this is what we found.  Over 100 people showed interest in A Plastic Free Bonaire and our first contest.

To all those people we want to say thank you. Our winner of a lunch for 2 at Between 2 Buns is Laura from Deviate Design for submitting the longest list.

What can we learn from Laura’s list that we didn’t already know?

Maybe it’s a detailed reminder that single use plastic has no limits, no restrictions and no bounds. It’s so prevalent in Bonaire and our society that we often don’t even know we’re using it.

This is only part of what we can learn from Laura’s list. She didn’t find 5 or 35 different single use plastics but 67.  And the list will grow. We invite you to add to it in the comment section below or email us if you find something missing.  In January we’ll be having another contest and we need your help!

Thank you Laura!

Bonaire’s List of Single Use Plastics

  • Tomato Containers
  • Dragonfruits are often in double (!!) plastic: Plastic tray & clingfilm
  • Yoghurt Containers
  • Pop Drinks (Coke, Fanta, Lemonade, ETC)
  • Fruit Juice Bottles
  • Peanut Butter Jars
  • Chocolate Spread
  • Plastic Cutlery
  • Plastic Cups (Throw away)
  • Plastic Plates (Throw Away)
  • Pineapple – Plastic Containers
  • Mixed Fruit – Plastic Containers
  • Carrots – Plastic bags
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Leave In Hair Spray
  • Toothpaste
  • Handsoap
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Bleach
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Olive Oil
  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Salad Dressing
  • Lollypops (the stick)
  • Icecream
  • Spices (e.g paprika)
  • Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Bin Bags
  • Sandwich Bags

Many Take Away Restaurants: 

  • Foam Takeaway boxes
  • Plastic Cutlery
  • Plastic Bags
  • Foam/Plastic Drinking Cups


  • Lipstick
  • Mascara
  • Eyeshadow
  • Lipgloss
  • Handcream
  • Moisturiser
  • Face Cream
  • Shaver (e.g Venus)
  • Shaver re-fill blades (coated in plastic)
  • Lens Fluid
  • Nails Polish Remover
  • Lipbalm

Automotive and Hardware Stores

  • Motor Oil
  • Coolant
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Anti Freeze
  • Transmission Fluids
  • Gear Oils
  • Grease
  • Hydraulic Fluid
  • Car Cleanser
  • Exhaust Fluid

Stationery Shop

  • Whiteboard cleaner
  • Whiteboard Pens
  • Normal Pens (BIC etc)
  • Sharpies
  • Highlighters

Our 91% Contest has closed but . . . .

Our contest is now closed but check back next week when we’ll announce the winner and post the results of all the single use plastic found on Bonaire.


We all know plastic waste is a problem around the world, but how many single use plastics can you name?

Send us your list of all the single use plastic found daily on Bonaire in stores, supermarkets, shops, restaurants, beaches—anywhere you come across it.

The longest list emailed to us wins a lunch for 2 at one of Bonaire’s most popular restaurants Between 2 Buns.

What you need to know . . . .

Email us your list to with the subject line: 91%.

Contest ends 12:00 pm the 30th of November 2018. All the items on your list are subject to our judges discretion. So keep it real and keep it fun!

Only those people with a Bonaire sedula card can enter.

Only one entry per person.

To enter give us a Follow on Facebook and Instagram. If you really believe by working together we can make Bonaire plastic free, give us a share.

This campaign is sponsored by the gracious support of Between 2 Buns.

Did you know that 91% of plastic we use isn’t recycled?

Source: National Geographic July 19th, 2017…/plastic-produced-rec…/

Konkurso un Boneiru 91% liber di plèstik

Nos tur sa ku plèstik ta un problema rònt mundu, pero kuanto artikulo di plèstik ku ta wòrdu usa un bia so bo por nombra?

Manda nos un lista di tur artikulo di plèstik ku ta wòrdu usa diariamente ku ta
usa un bia so ku por haña na Boneiru den tienda, supermarkado, toko, restorant, playa i sobra kaminda ku por hañ’é.

E-mail nos bo lista i entrada pa por gana Lunch pa 2 na un di e restorant mas popular na Boneiru Between 2 Buns.

Kosnan ku mester sa.
E-mail nos ku bo entrada na ku e linea di tòpiko 91% Konkurso ta termina 12:00 pm 30 november 2018. Tur e artikulo riba bo lista ta tópiko pa nos huesnan diskreto, pues tene real i dibertido!

Solamente persona ku sedula di Boneiru por partisipa.

Solamente un entrada pa kanda persona.

Pa drenta sigui nos riba Facebook o Instagram, si bo ta kere trahando hunto nos por hasi Boneiru liber di plèstik, partisipá ku nos.

E kampaña ta di sponsor pa medio di boluntat i sosten di Between 2 Buns.

Bo tabata sa ku 91% di plèstik ku nos ta usa no resikla?

Fuente di informashon: National Geographic july 19th, 2017

#aplasticfreeboniare #turnthetapoff #notosingleuseplastic
#91percent  #bonaire #aplasticfreebonaire #saynotosingleuseplastic