Within the last year I started to consciously reflect about my personal ecological footprint and how my lifestyle and daily actions are affecting the environment. Of recurrent concern to me for example is our massive plastic wastage and the effect of plastic on wildlife and nature. Due to this, I want to introduce you to an organisation that actively stands up against plastic pollution: Küste gegen Plastik!
Written by Lea
Who is Küste gegen Plastik?
Küste gegen Plastik
e.V. (“Coast against Plastic”) is a German non-profit organisation that stands
up for the reduction of plastic.
What they want:
- Plastic free products in supermarkets
- Reduction of plastic production
- Responsible producers/ distributors
- Producers/ distributors who realize that we (the customers) do not want useless packaging
To reach these goals they do a lot of educational work to inform people about the problem of plastic. Furthermore, they try to help distributors/ producers to find alternative packaging and ways to reduce plastic in general. Last but not least, they actively do something about the plastic pollution on our coastlines by organising beach clean ups. Even the German Roamers and employees of Google participated in one of their beach clean ups.
Replace Plastic – the App
“The consumer demand it!” – This is a typical response from producers/ distributors regarding unnecessary packaging. But Küste gegen Plastik and many customers (including me) do not think so. For this reason, Küste gegen Plastik developed an app called “Replace Plastic”. With this app, customers are given the chance to inform producers/ distributors of a certain product that they would like to have no or alternative packaging for this item.
And this is how it works:
- Download app “Replace Plastic”
- Scan barcode or enter barcode number of a product of which you want different packaging
- Küste gegen Plastik will send your feedback to the affected producer/ distributor
So far almost 107000 products were scanned and more than 14000 mails were sent to about 4000 different producers/ distributors.
Have you heard of Küste gegen Palstik before? Or do you already use their app? Let us know in the comments!