How to Incorporate Plastic-Free Living
Into Your Travels and Daily Life
In the face of climate change, the world has started to come together to promote sustainable practices. This includes limiting the amount of plastic you use in your life and while you travel.
Incorporating plastic-free living into your life can be challenging- even more so when you travel. However, there are some simple actions you can take to help limit the plastic that continues to pollute our environments.
9 No Plastic Recommendations
1. Bring a reusable water bottle
Avoid buying plastic water bottles everywhere you go. Instead, opt for refilling a water bottle you carry with you. Over time, the number of plastic water bottles you will avoid using will add up quite a bit. If you’re worried about water quality, you can always get a Lifestraw water bottle that filters the water as you drink it.
2. Use eco-friendly reusable bags
When you go shopping, it can be tempting to take one of the plastic bags. However, the better option is to bring your own eco-friendly reusable bag. It’s also way more convenient to have your own bag. They hold more and last a lot longer.
3. Carry reusable utensils
Carrying reusable utensils while traveling will allow you to skip the one-use plastic spoons and forks frequently used at restaurants and in hotels.
4. Skip the plastic straws
If given a choice, say no to using a plastic straw. If you feel the need for a straw, you can always carry your own reusable straws. They make some awesome reusable metal straws as well as rubber straws that can fold up nicely.
5. Use a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush
Ditch those plastic travel toothbrushes and instead opt for a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush. You would not believe how many toothbrushes are disposed of every year. Biodegradable toothbrushes are a way more eco-friendly alternative.
6. Skip the disposable razors
Disposable razors are convenient, but they aren’t very sustainable. Instead, you can substitute it for a safety razor with replaceable blades. If you do this, just remember that safety razors aren’t allowed in carry-on baggage.
7. Avoid zip lock bags and one-use plastic containers
Ziplocks and other plastic containers are one of the main contributors to plastic pollution. Carry your own reusable containers for any leftovers or snacks you may need to save for later.
8. Choose hotels that implement a zero plastic effort
There are many eco-friendly hotels and lodges that have implemented no plastic practices, such as switching to reusable shampoo and conditioner bottles instead of those one-use plastic ones.
9. Choose ecotours that use no plastics
While traveling, you will have many tour companies to choose from. I recommend going for eco-friendly tour companies that don’t use any plastic. These companies usually have other methods of practicing environmental sustainability as well.
Switch to a Zero Plastic Lifestyle!
Incorporating plastic-free living into your life and travels can make a world of difference in the fight against plastic pollution. Although little actions don’t seem like very much, they add up over time. You can save our earth from loads of plastic over your lifetime!
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