Welcome to my website! I am so happy you are here and I hope that you will find some useful tips and guidance towards living a plastic-free or plastic-reduced life.
Born and raised in Germany, I moved to the US in 2004 to marry my American husband. We are currently residing in Saint Paul, MN, with our two boys and two cats.
Growing up I was raised with a strong awareness of how to be resourceful with anything and everything. My parents came of age during the very lean years of post-war Germany, and thus had to learn how to conserve resources and avoid waste, lessons and skills that they passed on to me and my siblings. And there was very little plastic in our home. Fresh food, like cheese and meat, was mostly wrapped in paper, produce was not wrapped at all, and most people brought their own reusable bags to the store.
When I moved to the US in 2004, I became immediately aware of the comparative wastefulness, especially the excessive plastic use. For instance, at nearly every single store, items are immediately put in plastic bags, often with sometimes only a few items in each bag. Almost everything comes encased in plastic in some form or another, and you see restaurant garbage bins filled full of plastic utensils and straws. Once you start to notice it, as I did when I moved here, plastic surrounds you!
I am not saying that everything in Germany is better and everything in the US is worse. Every culture and society has its upsides and downsides. But in my case, certain contrasts between American culture and German culture that I noticed upon moving here drew my attention to the problem of wastefulness, especially when it comes to plastic, that every society and culture needs to address.
Small Steps Towards A Big Goal
Despite that initial awareness, I quickly fell into the trap of plastic-dependency, especially once we had children. However, in the past few years I have been trying to find ways to decrease plastic use as part of decreasing wastefulness and environmental impact in general, all while actually saving money rather than having to spend more. I am far from where I want to be with my desire to live plastic-free, but I have made progress and learned a lot, and I hope to share as much as I can with you.
Come Along With Me
I would like to invite you to join me on this journey to reuse, refuse, reduce, recycle, rot and find the right products to help minimize our plastic use, maximize our attempt to make our world a better place and create a safer future for our children.
I hope that my site can be a guide and resource for you.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me anytime and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,