FAQ’s

Consumer

  • Products that are plastic-free or plastic-reduced in their packaging and content, and have passed the Flustix testing process successfully, are awarded the Flustix seal.
  • The Flustix seal distinguishes products that can be used without plastic in packaging and / or product / content, thus offering the consumer the security of buying consumer products with no or reduced plastic insert. Contaminations of the products due to environmental influences or impurities in the manufacturing process, such as recycling, can not be completely ruled out. These may not exceed 0.5% of the total weight of the certified product or product component under the definition of “plastic-free / plastic-free”. Consumer demand is intended to encourage companies to save or reduce the valuable plastic material already in production and to replace it with ecologically sound alternatives – to avoid plastic waste.
  • Certified products should be everywhere and will not be limited to specific outlets. The Flustix-winning products continue to be sold through their established distribution channels. This means that the goods certified with the sustainability seal can in principle be purchased anywhere – online and offline.

  • The Flustix initiative was founded in 2016 by Julia and Malte Biss in Berlin in the interests of environmental protection and aims to provide the end consumer with a clear orientation when shopping by clearly marking plastic-free products and / or low-plastic products. In its creation, the sustainability label Flustix has received support in the form of discussions and discussions from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Environment Agency in the development of the basic concept. Flustix has received further support from RAL e.V., through which we have discussed and developed the definition of “plastic-free” in the RAL registration process with over 50 trade and industry professionals, as well as from our testing laboratory partner, the WESSLING GmbH. We are working closely with our independent and reputed partners in awarding the Flustix Seal, controlling compliance with all standards, and fighting abuse. We Flustix founders, Julia and Malte Biss, are not yet plastic-free with our three children. This is almost impossible nowadays – that’s why we are aiming for a constructive environmental protection which, through innovative products, extends the plastic-free offer, and we can develop towards plastic freedom. We try to avoid plastic where possible and useful. The material plastic finds in many areas, such as research, medicine, safety and transport, quite meaningful and vital use and is now indispensable. With our initiative, we want to grow into a plastic-free future, and until then we are dealing with a responsible and circulation-promoting approach to dealing with the genius and everlasting material: plastic.

Plastic

  • Plastic is used almost everywhere because of its many different properties Where and why plastic can be a problem, read here:

    Not every plastic ends up in the bin. On the beach we lose our flip-flops, in the park we forget the PET bottle or the candy packaging. Sooner or later, this garbage gets into our rivers and seas and is mistaken for food by birds or other animals. The problem: plastic does not rot. Larger plastic parts are a danger to marine life and birds, which are caught in the garbage and die, as you can see it on our doorstep on Helgoland with the basal boobies. Smaller pieces of plastic are confused by the animals with food until they starve to death with a full stomach. In addition, chemicals such as softeners and hardeners from the plastics. These are harmful to humans and animals. Incidentally, not even 45 percent of the plastic waste generated in Germany is recycled (2015 figures) and per capita consumption is still rising. The majority is still used for energy purposes – burned because it is more economical and / or the packaging consists of low-quality mixed plastics.

  • Packagings

    Perhaps the most obvious use of plastic is packaging. These include, among other things, deposit-free plastic bottles, chips or other bags, films and / or other disposable containers. Most of these consist of mixed plastics, which can hardly be recycled at all.
    Plastic around and in food

    Most foods are packed in plastic. Chemicals such as plasticizers and many other substances dissolve out of the package and enter, e.g. on oily and fatty foods over. Added to this is the microplastic, plastic particles smaller than five millimeters. These drift in the sea, are confounded by seafood and birds with food and eaten. The chemicals in the plastic go into the body of the animals and come back to us. With animals that are consumed as a whole (for example, mussels) or high-quality sea salts and even through drinking water, the plastic waste is now being absorbed directly by us, the human being.
    Plastic in cosmetics

    At least 500 tons of plastic pass through our German outlets unfiltered into our drinking water cycle every year. Shower gel, toothpaste, shampoos and scrubs mostly contain plastic (microplastic or liquid plastics). Often, the microparticles should enhance the cleaning effect of the products. But also as opacifiers, fillers or as a substitute for vegetable oils, plastics are used in cosmetics and make-up. Here are just a selection of products that use microplastic and liquid plastics:

    –  Cleaning products: scrubs, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, make-up remover
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    Skin care products: body lotion, sunscreen, facial, hand and foot cream, shaving cream
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    Make-up: lipstick, make-up, eye shadow, mascara

    Plastic clothing – fleece, polyester and co.

    Also, our clothing contains more and more plastics, including polyester, nylon and elastans. A fleece garment can lose up to 2,000 fibers in each wash, which can be discharged into the drinking water cycle or into the sea via the wastewater without being filtered. Scientists have detected polyester and acrylic fibers in the sand at 80 beaches on all continents. The closer the samples were taken to large cities, the higher was the burden of plastic waste.

  • Plastics are added many chemicals to achieve the desired properties of the material. These include plasticizers, hardeners, flame retardants, stabilizers and many more. These chemicals are often unbound and permanently released from the plastics. Sometimes we actively reinforce this process. For example, if we heat our lunch in the microwave without taking it out of the plastic box, or if a toddler is sucking on the plastic toy. These pollutants go into our body. The extent of the damage to health has not yet been conclusively explored. However, many studies already exist on the additive bisphenol A (BPA). BPA resembles estrogen and therefore acts in the body like the female sex hormone. Possible consequences in humans are:

    – Especially in men: infertility

    – Especially in women breast cancer, in girls early puberty

    – Especially in babies: a malformation of the sexual organs

    – Especially in children: behavioral disorders

    – In addition: overweight

    – diabetes

    – Allergies and asthma

    – Cardiovascular disease

    Another problem is the migration of pollutants. These can get into the food via the packaging or be present in the food itself. Researchers have discovered that plastic particles have a million-fold concentration of toxins on their surface. If the microplastics are eaten by fish, these chemicals pass into the animals’ bodies and end up in the food chain in the long term. Since 2011, BPA has been banned in the EU, but only in infant feeding bottles, for example (baby items for 0-3 year olds). But the additive is now detected in the air, in house dust and even in human blood.

  • The littering of our planet, because plastic lasts forever: if we do not collect it, it remains in nature and scatters. Even in the Antarctic, in the “still” eternal ice, just 30 years old plastic from Germany has just been detected. Most of the lost plastic waste ends up in the sea. Due to the ocean currents, five particularly large garbage strudels have formed worldwide, the so-called “garbage patches”. The biggest is the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” (four times the size of France). Scientists suspect several million tons of plastic alone in this one whirlpool. Whether in the sea or on land, plastic is increasingly becoming a health threat to humans and animals. Present and future generations are affected by premature puberty, chalk disease, malformations and – in newborns and other as yet incomplete research on diseases directly related to our current inflationary plastic consumption.

Businesses

  • Confidence in a seal like Flustix is great: Data collected by the TNS Infratest-Study shows that 80 percent of Germans are more likely to use a certified product and are willing to spend significantly more money on it. They base their purchasing decisions on seals – a seal like Flustix creates trust in products and brands and thus also in the manufacturer. The Flustix seal on the product demonstrates that a manufacturer, a company, is addressing the challenge of the future, giving the product a corresponding image and giving the manufacturer a sustainable corporate philosophy in its use of resources.

    In addition, Flustix-certified products benefit from a strong media and public presence, because the media attention and the social commitment to the plastic waste problem is immense. The recent study by TNS Infratest On behalf of FLUSTX, 92% of Germans believe that products and packaging generally contain too much plastic. Up to 88 percent of Germans already pay attention when shopping to avoid plastic packaging waste and would also spend more money on plastic-free products. You can find the whole study here.

  • Many people reject the flood of superfluous plastic in their daily lives. The days when plastic was celebrated as a new miracle are over. Today, the material is seen more as a challenge in everyday life. With a plastic-free product, the companies that acquire the seal position themselves as responsible in dealing with plastic and the resulting waste and show their customers that sustainability and measures against pollution are taken seriously.

  • Each product is eligible for certification, which either offers a plastic-free content, a plastic-free packaging or both in plastic-free form to the consumer at the last level of trade (on the shelf). In order to be able to save even more unnecessary plastic, we are also awarded Kosemtika without microplastics.

  • You would like to use the Flustix seal on your goods? Then you can register your product for the Flustix test procedure. You can find out how to do this on our website: Become a customer.

  • The cost of claiming and reviewing your product is typically between € 200 and € 500, depending on the cost of testing your product. After submitting the goods to Flustix, you will receive a quote for the chemical analysis. If you decide not to carry out the examination procedure, you only pay the processing fee of 100 Euro.

    If the plastic freedom has been analytically confirmed, you can obtain the license to label your product with the Flustix seal from our logo and license partner RAL. The license fees for the use of the label depend on the product-relevant sales and can be viewed publicly here.

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