Hello! Welcome to my blog. Today’s post is all about how we can travel more sustainably by reducing our waste when we’re out and about. I recently did an IGTV video on this which I’ve popped below, but if you prefer to read than watch, keep scrolling!
Reusable Water Bottle
I hope that most people reading this will already have a reusable water bottle, but if not – get one! There is no need to be drinking plastic-infused water from single use bottles. Most cities also have free drinking water available so just refill and you’re good to go!
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Collapsable Travel Cup | Gifted
Net Zero Company gifted me a collapsable travel cup last year and it’s so handy. The fact that it becomes so small once you’ve finished with it so you can fit it in your bag with no worries is so convenient, especially when you’re travelling.
I have a set of bamboo cutlery which I take when I’m travelling, but I think that those ones which fold up and you can attach to your keyring are great! I also want to say that there is no need to buy new products – you can just use your metal knives and forks from home and take them with you!
Shampoo, Conditioner & Soap Bars
These are essentials for any traveller, especially those who like to pack light and want to make the most of their liquid allowance. There are so many different bars available on the market and they’re generally pretty affordable, especially when you take into consideration how long they last. I use Kind2’s products [Gifted] and they’re the equivalent of 2 bottles per bar. They’re fab for reducing plastic & price!
Lunch Box / Wraps
Another really helpful product is a lunch box or wax wraps, especially if you’re on a budget or have a specific diet. Eating when travelling can be difficult and expensive so if you fancy, just buy some stuff at the supermarket and make up your own packed lunch instead. Keep it fresh by storing it in a tub or wrap it up.
Reusable Cotton Rounds
As I mentioned in my favourite zero-waste swaps post, I DIY’d some cotton rounds from an old t-shirt to use when removing makeup and nail polish (I made some out of black fabric for this) and they’re so easy! So much better for the environment than make-up wipes or single-use cotton pads which require so much energy/water/labour to make, only to be thrown out to landfill or the ocean.
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I’m not sure if this is just me, but when I used to travel I’d always take a plastic bag to store my dirty clothes in, ready to throw in the wash when I got home. Now I reuse my Lucy & Yak sari bag as a laundry bag to put the clothes in instead, but any non-plastic bag that closes would work!
Another super easy swap is a bamboo toothbrush. We use about 300 toothbrushes in our lifetimes – so lets try to reduce the amount that go to landfill! You can recycle the bristles and just pop the plant-based handle in your garden for it to biodegrade. Easy peasy!
This is another one that might be only me, but I love to reuse small glass jars or bottles to store things in when I’m travelling. Whether it’s my jewellery or I decant some skincare products into a bottle under 100ml, there are so many ways to upcycle them into something useful.
It can’t only be me that has 19284 tote bags, right? I exaggerate but we all know that we don’t actually need anymore! Use the reusable bags you have for your souvenir shopping and forgo the plastic one offered. Such a simple swap we can all make!
I hope that you found this useful, and can go forth to create the zero-waste travel kit of your dreams! I always advocate for using what you already have so be sure to check your own homes before hopping onto a sustainable market place and buying new.
Let me know any other zero-waste travel essentials that I’ve forgotten in the comments!
Bye for now x
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