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Eco Challenge 2021 – Or, in other words, we all know what you will do for the environment this summe

If we had to illustrate summer life on a poster a couple of years ago, we would have imagined a beach guy posing by an artificial swimming pool with an inflatable duck in his hand, drinking from a coloured paper cup with a plastic straw, covered up to the ear in sun oil. Today, however, in 2021, it is almost our duty to change this picture, attitude and the amount of plastic and artificial materials we use and consider absolutely natural – in both our home and the wider environment. Floewater has set out to show you with a one-month challenge that small things can also be enough to clear your everyday life of plastic and wasted energy. Believe me, all this will not require any sacrifice, but will be rather a lot of fun, rewards and bring the joy of success!

1. Take a look around at home first!

If, from where you are sitting, you can count at least 5 objects, which could easily be replaced with a more natural alternative, then read on because there is life beyond plastic.

Household waste is a huge problem globally. Entire industries were established to store, transport, dispose of or sort it. Ideally, a part of the generated waste is recycled, but this still remains shockingly low as a share of the total generated waste. For example, did you know that 87% of PET bottles never get back into the circle of processing materials?

What can you do against this? For example, make your own eco-friendly cleaners from vinegar, water and tea tree oil to release as few chemicals into the environment as possible and to throw as few bottles as possible in the bin.

If you can, buy packaging-free products. A number of shops offer such products, and excellent markets await you across the country. Do not forget to take a container or cool canvas bag with you so you will not take home anything else but fresh products.

Composting is not just the privilege of those who live in the countryside and own a house with a garden. It is not impossible to collect organic waste selectively indoors either, as many containers can be purchased online which you can use to produce valuable, nutrient-rich humus from kitchen scraps even in a block of flats.

Most importantly, stop buying bottled water and choose Floewater instead, which combines the simplicity, availability and environmental benefits of available tap water with the purity of the best quality water.

2. Your stomach can lead you on the road to a sustainable future

If you eat meat almost every day, order food instead of making lunch on weekdays and on top of that you cannot resist fruits and vegetables imported from other continents, stop for a while, because, unfortunately, you are also responsible for burdening the environment.

People typically change their eating habits if it is justified by health issues or they want to lose weight. There is also a new wave that says eating consciously is trendy. We recommend against an instant turnaround in your life just because controlled eating has become fashionable; rather, go ahead on the road of change slowly, step by step.

For example, introduce one meat-free day a week, which, believe me, will also be good for your body and globally for water consumption.

If you buy food, strive to get it locally, possibly from retail producers, also consider seasonality and choose seasonal fruits and vegetables. Believe me, crunchy grapes taste better in August and new potatoes in May.

Always keep an eye on what you have in the fridge and do not keep too much of anything. But if it happens, see it as a challenge, be creative and make something from the leftovers. If you can, do not order any takeaways for a week so you can try the life lived by housewives, say, 20 years ago, when such possibilities did not even exist.

3. Stop impulse buying!

It must have happened to you that you arrived in a supermarket hungry and bought all sorts of unnecessary things. Similarly, sometimes you must have placed so many nice things in your trolley, but what you really went for was actually missing, because you left it off the shopping list in your mind. Typical mistakes, but they can be fixed.

We put a lot of unnecessary waste in our trolley whilst shopping, even though we only wanted mushrooms, not the plastic box, we only came for a kilo of tomatoes, but the plastic bag it came in was free. Have you heard of conscious shopping? It is a time-consuming process, but it can easily be made into a routine, and it does not require giving up hedonism, it just needs to be well timed.

Make shopping a programme that is more than satisfying to your needs. Take more time to read whilst shopping, but most of all, prepare for it consciously, in advance. But how? Make a shopping list before you set off so you can avoid buying products which you actually do not need. Take your own canvas bag with you – if you do not have any, recycle an older piece of plastic. Choose packaging-free products or products sold in recyclable packaging, and only buy the amount you will certainly consume. If you can, plan your needs and schedule your shopping occasions so you will not have to go to the supermarket more than twice a week.

4. Travel smart!

Smog alarm!!! No, you do not have to live in any of the most overpopulated countries in 2021 and you do not have to go out of town either to experience a smog alarm. If you want to slowly leave behind the mask widely used in the last year, please listen for a while, because you are also responsible for the quality of air that welcomes you through your window in the morning.

Due to exhaust gases, the NO2 content in the air is extremely high, the Earth is suffocating from smog and ozone. Yet even the effort of a single person can improve this situation. Be that person this summer! If you only have to go to the next street, find your most comfortable shoes and live the joy of movement. Look around in the streets, find something nice that you have never noticed from the car before.

Or if someone is waiting for you just on the other side of the city, and you have to take a route full of traffic jams, get on your bike as cycle paths are there for you almost everywhere. True, you need to plan your route in the beginning, but it can even be exciting. You have to travel even farther? Then the time has come to learn the joys of local public transport. If you have no other option than to sit in the car, try to fill it up with others. Be organised, purposeful and team up with the colleagues or your child’s little friends so less exhaust fumes will fill the streets.

5. Slow down, switch to smart!

In the hustle and bustle of life, we do everything on the road, buy instant, take-away products and we are basically driven by convenience considerations. If you are ready to slow your way of life down a little and introduce some practices in your life, you will become an example to those around you, and not only will the world slow down but also the generation of waste.

Feel free to say no to coloured plastic bags in shops, no matter how kindly they offer them, even free of charge. Always take a canvas bag as it can be useful in any situation. Replace PET-bottled water with your own flask and tap water. You only have to buy the flask once and you can choose from a wide range of beautiful flasks on the market. Do not be deceived by the label ‘disposable’ – you easily dispose of your razor, but its degradation actually takes decades. Use a bar of soap instead of liquid soap, because it means one less bottle to throw out. But if it has already happened, collect waste selectively. If you drop in for a coffee, drink it there from a cup. Give way to this fantastic ritual. Prefer electronic publications over printed ones – their contents are identical, while virtual content can practically be infinite.

Believe me, any of the tips listed here will be a wonderful step forward for both you and the planet. If you are not able to embark on the road of environmental consciousness, but challenges always fascinate you, take a look at Floewater, because we will especially appreciate your performance in July.


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