An Easy Change to Make for Sustainable Travel, That Doesn't Cost Much
The benefits are economical as well as environmental.
It’s achievable in small, positive steps.
By tweaking a convenience culture mindset, you are already halfway to making a change.
All that’s needed are the tools to get you on your way.
That’s what the alternatives are for.
To cut back on one of the biggest contributors to environmental pollution.
If you haven’t already guessed,
I’m talking about plastic.
Let’s start with plastic straws.
They’re small and lightweight, so they often get left behind in the sand, or picked up by the wind when the bins are too full, or they just slip through the mechanical recycling sorter.
All fates that cause them to end up in the ocean, where they make up 2,000 of the 8 million tons of plastic that end up in the worlds ocean each year.
It’s easy to order your drink without a straw, or purchase a reusable metal straw like this one.
There’s something about bamboo straws that has me feeling like I’m on a island holiday, all the time.
Starting out small leads to bigger changes.
Try stowing a couple of lightweight tote bags in your luggage.
They’re good to use on short or long trips, for everything from a last minute supermarket dash to a day long outlet marathon.
When you really think about it, there’s ways to cut back on single use plastic everywhere.
Reusable cutlery sets come in handy on short flights, backpacking trips, outdoor adventures or any hostel where the cutlery looks a little suspect.
A lot of airports have water stations where you can fill a canteen before boarding.
Most flight attendants are happy to refill them for you onboard.
The ones that aren’t will show where you can do that yourself.
Either way, you cut down on the amount of plastic cups that appear on your food tray throughout a flight.
If you can’t fill a canteen with tap water when you land, reduce plastic water bottle use by buying in bulk to refill from.
Drink bottles come in all sorts of BPA free shapes and sizes.
Some have built in water filters.
Which is great if you have a solid caffeine habit to uphold (guilty).
On that note, Keep Cups are a takeaway coffee lovers best friend.
Sustaining coffee habits, sustainably. What’s not to like?
All economical, easy to access investments for our planets future.
Consider the knock on effect of reducing the amount of plastic you use when you travel.
Mother Nature will thank you for it.
Sometimes in surprising ways.
Come to think of it, she could of been thanking our efforts at responsible tourism.
Cutting out single use plastic is easy.
It’s a step on the road towards sustainable travel (pun intended).
Why not jump on board? (yep, I went there…again!).