Moving around inevitably creates a bigger environmental impact than staying at home. We are using transport, eating out, and trying new things as we explore.
For conscious travelers, there are many ways to minimize our waste on the go. By being mindful of our actions and planning ahead, we can even avoid waste altogether.
Here are zero waste travel essentials that can come in handy the next time you go out!
Reusable Water Tumbler
Make sure you are hydrated while avoiding single-use plastics. Instead of buying bottled water, bring your own water tumbler instead. Not only will this avoid waste, it will also help you save a few bucks on water.
Reusable Coffee Cup
Coffee lover but hate the excess waste? Ask your barista to pour in some of that rich and delicious coffee in your own reusable coffee cup.
Reusable Food Containers
Food waste is another thing we want to avoid. Good news is that once you’re ready to go, you can always bring your left overs with you in a reusable food container! Glass containers also help preserve flavor and quality better than plastic or metal.
Cutlery is among the items most deadly to animals according to a study by the Ocean Conservancy. If there is flatware available in the restaurant, then you don’t have to worry! But avoid using single-use cutlery while you can by bringing and using a reusable set.
Eco bag for shopping
Reusable bags can help eliminate your use of plastic or paper bags. Having a reusable bag, like an eco-bag, with you may come in handy for purchases and even left overs. They are usually lightweight and can fit just about anywhere.
Another handy product is a shampoo bar. Say no more to bottled shampoo that can be quite difficult to bring around. Without the plastic packaging, shampoo bars are far more sustainable than liquid shampoo.
While not exactly zero waste, bamboo tooth brush is low waste. Since the handle is made out of bamboo, it is compostable!
Last but not the least, bring a reusable face mask. A good reusable face mask should completely cover your nose and mouth, use at least two fabric layers, and is washable!