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Eco Shopper instead of plastic bags

Eco Shopper instead of Plastic Bags

Much fuss about plastic bags. Supermarkets use abolishment as an eco heroic action.

While the practical, but under-fire plastic bag is available at some trade chains fee-based (about 20 Euro Cents), environmentalists are skeptical if a fee will put off buyers and let them rethink. German food companies in turn sell the abolition of plastic bags in their stores as an eco heroic action. Who walks mindfully through these stores will quickly discover superfluous plastic packaging. Food to go as portioned fruits, salads for lunch to sushi packed in the environmentally harmful and unhealthy plastic containers. At the fruit and vegetable counter plastic bags are still available. Window dressing for the hurried consumer! And for eco shopper you have to hunt.

The EU prescribes to reduce the use of plastic bags by the end of 2019 to a maximum of 90 and by the end of 2025 to a maximum of 40 pieces per person per year. Nothing is easier than to avoid plastic bags. Build up your ecological conscience. Because our reusable shopping bags fit into any handbag, in a backpack, in any briefcase. There are no longer any excuses.

Eco Shopper and Fruit- and Vegetable Bags made of Organic Cotton

The only and sustainable alternative for the plastic bag: Drop it! And use ecological alternatives. For that this works, Greenpicks presents you eco shopper and fruit- and vegetable bags made of certified organic cotton and other sustainable materials. Based on greenpicks.de/en recommendations, on our practical experiences and the most popular products that go through the online sales counter.

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Re-Sack Fruit- and Vegetable Bags made of Organic Cotton

The shopping bag and the vegetables nets are perfect for carrying your groceries from the supermarket to your home. The organic cotton bag can be put directly in the refrigerator because it is breathable.
Re-Sack  fruit- and vegetable bags fullfill 4 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & UpcyclingRaw materials from organic farmingFair + Socialenergy- and resource-efficient

  • Organic Cotton (GOTS certified)
  • Breathable
  • Food can be stored in the fridge
  • Sizes: 38 cm x 30 cm Re-Sack Net | 38 cm x 28 cm Re-Sack voille | 19 cm x 16 cm Re-Sack small
  • Price: from 8.95 Euro in 3-part set
  • Available in the shop of promavis

24 Lilybag: Smart Shopping with Upcycling Shopper

Every contribution counts – with the Lilybag actively for environment protection and social cooperation: ... the plastic bag substitutes for the Lilybag – with logical use it substitutes for statistical 76 plastic bags per year. With an expected life span of 10 years every user saves with it 760 plastic bags. Their price is simply calculated: 76 plastic bags per year x 0.20 euros / pieces = 14.44 euros (circularly: 14.50 euros)
Lilybag Upcycling Shopper fullfills 8 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria.
Recycling & UpcyclingFair + SocialCradle to Cradleenergy- and resource-efficientclimate-friendlyDurabilityHand madeRegional Production


  • Many different colours
  • Sizes: 35 x 32 cm
  • Price: 14.50 Euro
  • Available in the shop from reTHING

Upcycling Shopper from Marron Rouge

The next shopping can come. Particularly with this stylish upcycling shopping bag from the French Upcycling Label Marron Rouge! So you collect extra points in the health food store because you already emphasize on sustainability in the choice of shopping bag.
The Upcycling Shopper from Marron Rouge fullfills 5 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria.
Recycling & UpcyclingVeganFair + Socialenergy- and resource-efficientDurability


  • Upcycling and Recycling from inner tube and seatbelts.
  • Colour: black/red
  • Size: Height 25 cm width 15 cm. Base and high 56 cm. Length 26 cm.
  • Price: 69.00 Euro
  • Available in the shop from Marron Rouge

Carrier Bag made of Organic Cotton „Wenn Bayern ein Meer hätte“*

Practically, since the bag made from organic cotton is designed to fold quickly and stow in handbag, backpack or laptop bag. So you're ready for a spontaneous shopping. Also works accross Bavarian borders. 😉
* "If Bavaria had an ocean"

The Carrier Bag from Degree Clothing fullfills 4 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Raw materials from organic farmingVeganFair + Socialenergy- and resource-efficient

fregie – The Reusable Fruit- and Vegetable Net

fregie consists of tear-resistant, food-safe, recyclable plastic and can be reused for years. Its mesh structure ensures a low weight and allows easy cashing at the supermarket checkout. Thanks to the structure the reusable fruit- and vegetable net fregie is breathable, so that fruits and vegetables can be stored in it.
fregie fruit- and vegetable bags fullfill 4 of 11 possible Greenpicks-Sustainability Criteria

Recycling & Upcyclingenergy- and resource-efficientDurabilityRegional Production

  • Material: recyclable plastic
  • Made in Germany
  • Own Weight: 11.5 g
  • Size: 35 cm x 29 cm
  • Price:  3.50 Euro
  • Available in the shop of promavis

Upcycling Exchange in Hannover 2015

Upcycling Exchange in Hannover 2015

Upcycling Exchange in Hannover
Upcycling Exchange in Hannover

“Waste prevention is easy if creative ideas inspire you.” – This is what the Hannover Upcycling Exchange does, which takes place for the first time on 12 September 2015.

With a mix of interesting supporting program and stalls with various upcycling exhibitors this promises to be an exciting afternoon. Trade visitors and curious will find items of educational institutions, shops and designers. Also present: Upcycling exhibition, materials and products to buy, hands-on activities and a money-free material exchange table. Everybody is cordially invited to get a taste of the world of upcycling, namely from 1 to 6 p.m. at Glocksee Bauhaus e.V. in Glockseestraße 35, 30169 Hannover. Continue reading Upcycling Exchange in Hannover 2015

DIY tips for upcycling furniture

On the website bauen.de we have found a detailed how-to article how to make on your own upcycling furniture. Here are useful tips for those who have fallen for the do-it-yourself trend and would like to try it for themself. We hope you enjoy and wish good luck! (We are sorry, the article is only available in German language.) Read more

Upcycling furniture: Cable drum as cocktail table
Cable drum as cocktail table © Photo: Sara Hart Morgan / hartsdesirephoto.com

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The other day in the waste incineration plant

Recently a dream came true for me. I had the opportunity to participate in a guided tour through the waste incineration plant in Cologne. That may seem strange. Sometimes I catch myself when I get stuck on documentary programs about recycling methods in the (rare) zapping through the TV channels. Obviously this topic fascinates me.

The BVMW (Federal Association of Medium-Sized Enterprises) invited to a lecture on the topic of generation Y. Host and the venue was the waste recycling company in Cologne, AVG, which offered additionally a guided tour through their waste incinerator. Since I am also very interested in the topic Generation Y, I could kill two birds with one stone.

waste incineration plant: Waste Recycling Company AVG Cologne
© Waste Recycling Company AVG Cologne

In a small group, we were led by the spokesman of the AVG through the various sections of the waste incineration plant and the procedures were explained in detail. Initially skeptical, because in previous years there was so much negative about this facility (excessive construction costs, lack of capacity), the mood among the participants changed gradually into fascination.

To clarify: It’s just about waste. Not about recycle materials such as paper, plastics, recycled glass or compostable organic waste. Continue reading The other day in the waste incineration plant

Upcycling diversity at FREI-CYCLE Fair

FREI-CYCLE Design Fair

Mid-September 2014 the FREI-CYCLE Design Fair for Recycling & Upcycling was held in Freiburg, Germany, for the second time. Nestled in the BADEN MESSE the FREI-CYCLE opened its doors to an international audience from Germany, France and Switzerland. The nearly 80 exhibitors from seven countries presented a great upcycling diversity at a high level.

Upcycling music instruments from old cigar boxes by Blue Bones
Upcycling music instruments from old cigar boxes by Blue Bones / © Photo Iris Streit

As a visitor you could admire and purchase products and ideas from all different walks of life. From a variety of used materials, there were bags, accessories, decoration, art and design, fashion, jewelry, furniture, lamps and other housing elements. As last year, Lisa Vöhringer organized the event well and put together a great selection of labels. So the exhibitors ranging from small start-ups to renowned label of the upcycling design scene, delighted, informed and inspired the number of interested people. Continue reading Upcycling diversity at FREI-CYCLE Fair

From fishing net to Eco children’s swimwear with UV protection 50+

Eco children’s swimwear from recycled fishing nets

The new collection of children’s swimwear by the label early fish shows how you can skillfully combine environmental protection and water fun.

Eco children’s swimwear by early fish
Eco children’s swimwear by ©early fish

Small swimmers and mini sea dogs can rejoice: The new early fish swimming costumes for children are trendy and look witty. Due to a special weave children’s sensitive skin is well protected by the UV protection of 50+ against aggressive sunlight. The processed material is made environmentally friendly and resource-saving from no longer used plastic materials such as from old fishing nets. Continue reading From fishing net to Eco children’s swimwear with UV protection 50+

Ragbag: Upcycling, Style and Fair Trade

In our blog post about Ragbag we take a look behind the scenes of the Dutch label for fair traded upcycling bags and upcycling accessories.

Siem Haffmans © Ragbag
Siem Haffmans © Ragbag

Head behind Ragbag is Siem Haffmans. The Amsterdam-based eco-designer established in 2005 the brand of fashion bags and accessories, with which he primarily addresses a young, trendy crowd.
Manufactured in different places in India recycled plastic bags, cotton remnants and large Teebags are processed according to the Upcycling concept. In this way, different series of fancy upcycling products emerge that have a significantly higher value than their starting materials. Ragbag stands for upcycling, style, fair trade and environmental awareness – more sustainable is hardly possible. Continue reading Ragbag: Upcycling, Style and Fair Trade