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Eco Serein: Small Steps to Big Change

Like most people who end up doing big things, Diana Spinka and Sanja Zugic, founders of Eco Serein, started out small. They began changing the world by changing their own habits—going vegan, giving up plastics and single-use items, and reusing rather than buying new.

Then in 2019, they organized their first two beach cleanups and had a moment of realization, Spinka says.

“We saw a beautiful seagull unable to walk because his legs were tangled in a piece of rope,” she recalls. “And we thought, We don’t have to be superheroes to make this world a better place. Small steps are enough for a start. Since then we’ve collected more than 4,000 pounds of trash and organized big cleanups in Europe and the USA, as well as spent a few hours every week cleaning local beaches and parks by ourselves.”

They founded Eco Serein to provide people with alternatives to plastics. “Our goal is to decrease the use of plastic and to show people that we can limit the amount of it on a regular basis,” Spinka says.

Their latest green product is a bamboo toothbrush with a travel case, to replace the 3.5 billion plastic toothbrushes sold each year worldwide.

“These end up in landfills, polluting our air, land and waters,” Spinka says. “Using a bamboo toothbrush reduces your carbon footprint, making the earth a better place.”

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