We save energy, we recycle, we separate our waste, but we still produce far too much waste. Almost half a ton of household waste is generated per capita and year in this country. Most of this is residual waste, followed by separately collected recyclables such as glass, paper and plastic. When it comes to packaging waste, Germany is the sad front-runner in Europe. How can we effectively reduce the mountain of waste? We'll give you five good tips that you can easily implement in your everyday life.
Tip 1: Go for bagless shopping
Whether you go to the bakery, weekly market or supermarket, take a shopping bag, basket or jute bag with you. That way, you can leave the disposable bag at the checkout. For bread products, fruit and vegetables, canvas bags are a good choice - they are lightweight, breathable and reusable and are suitable for both transport and storage.
Reusable shopping companion
Tip 2: Go more ways with reusable
A coffee to go in the café around the corner, a self-prepared lunch snack for the office or a doggy bag from your favorite restaurant - with reusable containers you can simply save on unnecessary disposable packaging. In many supermarkets, it is even possible to have your own containers filled with cheese or cold cuts at the deli counter. And with the right storage and preservation of food, you also declare war on food waste.
Other storage options
Tip 3: Save on packaging, not on quality
In the household, you can save a lot of packaging waste if you give preference to concentrates or refill packs when shopping and avoid products that are too airy or double- and triple-packed. Our solid cleaning and care products such as dish soap, shampoo and shower gel are also an environmentally friendly solution - here, the packaging is limited to what is absolutely necessary and also does not require any plastic at all.
Tip 4: Use products made from recycled materials
If you want to avoid new mountains of waste in the future, it's best to use things whose production uses no new raw materials or only a few new ones: thanks to recycling. Shopping bags made from leather scraps, clothing and shoes made from old fishing nets or PET bottles, towels made from leftover yarns - we rely on innovative recycling materials and production methods that follow the principle of the circular economy. Because the conservation of resources is close to our hearts.
You have known them from our department stores for many years: the sturdy and practical shopping bag made of Lefa, a fiber material made from 70% leather scraps and natural latex. We also offer you this prime example of a product made from leftovers - in new German: upcycling - for sale. In this version it comes incognito, so without Manufactum logo.
Warm and pleasant to the touch, this mouse pad made of lefa in lush material thickness offers a pleasant surface for man and mouse, on which everything runs smoothly. The material is highly flexible (so can not buckle) and due to the hydrophobic surface insensitive to water and largely resistant to (greasy) grip marks.
More recycling products
Tip 5: Opt for durable products
When buying, look for quality. Choose products that are made of sturdy materials and have a high-quality finish. Because this is another way to avoid unnecessary waste. With the good things, we offer you durable products that have the potential to become lasting companions, including highly functional devices where individual components can be replaced or repaired if the worst comes to the worst.