The plastic episode

The plastic episode

A world without plastic is unthinkable. Plastic is light, cheap, strong and sometimes even heat-resistant, and available in every colour imaginable. What’s more, plastic is easy to recycle and made into beautiful new things. This way, we do not add even more plastic to the already growing mountains of plastic.

At de Bijenkorf, we not only reduce and recycle, we also help make smarter choices. Cosmetics containing polluting microbeads are no longer on our shelves, nor are cosmetics containing plastic glitter. More sustainable clothing made from recycled materials carries a clearly visible Green Bee logo and you won’t find plastic straws and stirrers in our restaurants.

Making something new from plastic waste – or turning trash into treasure: it can be done. This way, we use fewer new raw materials and reduce the amount of plastic waste. Not all plastic is equally suitable for recycling. Plastic that can be recycled is found e.g. in clothing and (shop) furniture. Look for our Green Bee logo on products that consist of at least 50% of recycled polyester. Or admire the shoe display table at de Bijenkorf Rotterdam, newly made from old plastic.

If we continue to use plastic the plastics soup will become bigger and bigger and we will have to keep making new plastic. We don’t need disposable plastic like straws, cotton buds, coffee cups and packaging if we have more sustainable alternatives. So we replaced plastic straws and stirrers by alternatives made of wood and paper. PET bottles have been replaced by cans and glass. And plastic garment bags have made way for reusable garment bags made from recycled PET. Because cutting down on consumption yields more, both for people and the environment.

Plastic has a bad reputation and that’s partly because of how we deal with it. We treat it as a disposable item. But sometimes we pollute the environment without realising it with barely biodegradable micro- and nanoplastics, tiny invisible plastic particles that end up in drains and float into the ocean. Cosmetics are a well-known culprit, but washing synthetic clothing also releases microplastics.
We do not sell products with microbeads (found in scrubs, shampoos and toothpaste) and cosmetics with harmful glitter.




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