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​Recycling - what makes sense, how does it work, what does it bring?

Posted on March 15 2019

Recycling - an omnipresent topic. Switzerland is also referred to as the "recycling world champion". But what do we actually recycle for and how do we recycle properly so that it fulfils its purpose?

Recycling, ie the reuse of used and disposable materials, is now so familiar to us that "waste separation" has already become a reality for many. But why is recycling so important? And is it enough to recycle waste? Which materials can be processed in a meaningful way, which not?

Almost as important is the question of how to handle recycling on a larger scale. Can one trust information provided by companies and their alleged recycling of materials? And what can and should be done by yourself?

It does not work without recycling. But recycling alone is not enough!

First of all, with a growing and ever-consuming world population, recycling definitely makes sense. We have written about the value of the forest and the importance of preserving the forests of this earth more than once in our blog, and NIKIN also plants a tree for each order. It is obvious that recycled paper, paperboard and cardboard boxes should be recycled in order to protect the habitat forest from deforestation.

The good thing: the paper consumption goes back in Europe. But not enough. We still use far too many disposable paper products, not all of which are recycled.

To be recycled:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • glass and tinplate
  • plastic and packaging

  • Recycling is good, doing without is better

    The plastic is similar. Plastic waste is a serious problem because plastic does not decompose. Instead, it is ground into ever finer ingredients. At some point it will end up as a microplastic in the food chain - and on our plates. Of course, given the flood of plastic waste, plastic recycling is required. But even more important would be to do without plastic as much as possible. There are always alternatives. Quite easy to replace the plastic bags with cloth bags - always and basically. And no more plastic products to use in the home and office. Disposable tableware and plastic forks do not have to be, there are inexpensive equivalents of glass or porcelain - of course, they must be washed off and can not be easily collected or discarded after the children's birthday party or the party. But let's face it, is not the environment we leave for our children worth a little effort?

    Admittedly, it is sometimes a bit more cumbersome to look for drinks in reusable glass bottles than simply buying a PET bottle of Fanta or Coke. Nevertheless, they exist - and the taste is better. Better even than with tinplate cans, which are also recycled, but actually would not be necessary.

    Our suggestion: one week reduced waste

    We recommend that you just live an experiment once a week: produce as little waste as possible, and then, if possible, in a recyclable form. Old glass and scrap metal are allowed, recycled paper at least for the toilet too, plastic is no-go! Where do we land then?

    If you have a lot of fresh food - if you do not use elaborate packaging and above all plastic, the best thing you can find on the market is not just fruits and vegetables, but also meat and fish. Here you may even bring your own packaging materials and comes around so packaging waste.

    Do not throw away, live better

    The great and valuable thing about such an experiment: it opens the eyes for how much waste we accept on a daily basis. And of course you experience shopping, cooking and eating much more aware, if you do without ready-packed food. That alone is enough to give it a try. The biggest plus is that you enjoy more - and with a clear conscience. And the little waste that still accumulates? Can in the compost!


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