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Reuse, Reduce & Recycle: Tips from Nick&Fritz

Did you know that one of our values is being environmentally friendly? ♻️⁠

One of the ways that we live this is by using packaging made from renewable or recycled raw materials. This also means, every item can be recycled when you're finished using it! You can read more about where we source our packaging & ingredients here.

Additionally, our spice mixes come in re-useable glass vials. In doing so, we hope you reuse the glass vials after you're done with your kit! Check it out yourself when you order one of our Baking Kits 📦⁠

Today, we are sharing some of our top tips for reducing, reusing & recycling. But first, we want to highlight some of the crazy stats we discovered in our research & only strengthened our resolve to continue running an environmentally conscious business! (Sources are listed at the end of the article!)

⁠Did you know?

  • 40% of plastic produced is packaging, used just once & then discarded
  • Yearly plastic waste can circle the earth four times. The amount of plastic packaging that is thrown away every single year is enough in length to circle the globe four times over
  • The rate of plastic wastage is growing at a rate of 9% every year
  • Less than a fifth of all plastic is recycled globally
  • Shoppers in Denmark use an average of four plastic bags a year

On that note, let’s all try to be a little more like the Danish & work together to reduce our reliance, & the global demand, for plastic packaging.

What steps can you take in your everyday life to achieve this? One action that we recommend is to take your own shopping bags & buy directly from farmer’s at your local farmers’ markets. Another immediate step to take is to reuse the packaging you already have & shop at “no packaging” stores.

We’ve rounded up a few farmers’ markets & no packaging stores below for our Munich community!

Farmers’ Markets:

  • Josephsplatz: Tuesdays 12:00 to 18:00
  • Mariahilfplatz: Wednesdays 8:00 to 13:00 & Saturdays 7:00 to 13:00
  • Münchner Freiheit: Thursdays 10:00 to 18:00
  • St.-Anna-Platz: Thursdays 10:30 to 18:00
  • Rotkreuzplatz: Thursdays, 10:00 to 19:00
  • Resi-Huber-Platz: Saturdays, 7:00 to 13:00

You can find the whole list here.

No Packaging Stores:

  • OHNE – Der verpackungsfreie Supermarkt, Maxvorstadt Schellingstr. 42
  • Abgefüllt und Unverpackt, Fraunhoferstraße 23 (cleaning supplies & cosmetics!)
  • Der Plastikfreie Laden, Schloßstraße 7
  • Naturverpacktes WestendPUR, Heimeranstraße 51A, (entrance: Bergmannstraße)

Check out a few more ideas here.

Our last tip for today is to make sure you’re up to date on how to recycle properly! Especially in Munich, we seem to have a different bin for everything. In our research we were surprised to learn that newspapers, for example, can go in both the paper bin & the "bio", or organic, bin. If you choose the organic option, make sure to crumple them up first so that they can absorb more liquid & better support the composting process! We were also surprised that tetrapaks need to go into the “"verkaufsverpackungen" bins because they have a thin layer of plastic inside to retain freshness & extend their shelf-life.

Bored in Munich put together a recycling guide in English which you can check out here.

If all of us make a few small changes in our daily lives, we can make a large impact on our environment! Let’s tackle this together 😊

 If you’d like to learn more on this topic, below are a few links we found helpful

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