Zero Waste Berlin

Since being zero waste I now find it relatively easy because I've got a routine. I know where to buy ZW food, what tuppware I'll need in London and remembering to constantly ask for drinks without a straw. 

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However when you go to a new country it's a WHOLE new ball game. Each country looks at waste differently they have often have different systems of dealing with waste. So this is my ZW tips for Berlin:

  • a beeswax bag or cotton bag is essential, their are copious amount of bakeries selling yummy pretzels. Luckily they don't mind you offering up your bag instead of a paper bag. 
  • You can drink the water, no need to buy plastic bottles just bring a metal water bottle and you can fill up anywhere. However if you forget your bottle most of their plastic cups are compostable which is great!  
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  • Most people in Berlin speak English so for me it was relatively easy to ask for drinks without straws but be wary that they still use straws in Berlin.
  • Coffee cup like most cities is essential, they often give you take away cups in cafes too so be extra wary of this. Also similar to the water their coffee cups are biodegradable! 
  • Most people in Berlin speak English so for me it was relatively easy to ask for drinks without straws but be wary that they still use straws in Berlin.
  • Coffee cup like most cities is essential, they often give you take away cups in cafes too so be extra wary of this. 
  • THEY SELL ZW CUCUMBERS!! In the uk these are non existent, when I saw these on the shelf I accidentally yelped out loud in glee before realising that no one else would understand my excitement... but if you like cucumber definetly visit Berlin. 
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  • In every train station you have to buy a paper ticket which is annoying. I haven't found a way around this but if anyone finds one let me know! 
  • Napkins are EVERYWHERE. Worse than in the U.K. I was constantly refusing them, I took my handkerchief as per usual and that was fine. I got lots of puzzled looks for refusing a napkin. 
  • I also found yogurt in glass which was just beautiful. Sadly I couldn't buy one because I was only there for a long weekend and couldn't fit the glass in my hand luggage. But it's nice to know that you can have a glass option over plastic.
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I have to admit I was very impressed with Germany as a whole, they are a conscious country when it comes to waste and they have recycling everywhere. You can even collect cans or plastic bottles and get paid to recycle, this often means that the homeless collect/people donate bottles for them to cash in. I think it's a great concept. Definetly worth a visit! 

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 What a great way to re-use cartons! 

What a great way to re-use cartons!