Living a more eco-friendly lifestyle really needn’t be as big of a challenge as it sometimes might seem. Being more aware of the waste that we produce is a super easy and direct way to help the planet and small changes to the way that we consume can have a massive positive effect. We think that, when it comes to travel, this is especially important so that we leave less of an impact on local communities and, thanks to a few things that we carry with us everywhere, this has become even easier!
When we travel, our phones help us so much that we can’t imagine travelling without them! But, aside from helping out with a possible language barrier and the occasional quick translate, they can be super useful for helping us help the planet! We have a list of our five favourite apps for travel - click here! Not only that, but we’ll get our boarding passes on our phones to save paper and also use them to connect with other more mindful travellers and search for events such as beach cleans with the help of social media.
2) Reusable Water Bottle
The question that a lot of people ask is, when you travel, what do you do when you can’t drink the tap water? Do you have to buy plastic bottle after plastic bottle just to brush your teeth, let alone stay hydrated? Sometimes the answer is to boil your water, but that isn’t always an option... The best place to start is to definitely have a reusable water bottle. We love the reusable water bottles that we can clip on to the outside of our bags, so that we’re always prepared for a refill, with thanks to the Refill app on our phones!
3) Reusable Coffee Cup
If you’re anything like us, your day won’t start until you’ve had a coffee, not to mention how impossible a long flight would be without one! But with all of those coffees that we drink, can you imagine all of the unnecessary waste if we used a throw-away cup every single time?! That’s why we always carry a reusable cup with us and better yet, they’re made from bamboo and aren’t too expensive. We’ve also started to see a lot of collapsible cups that don’t take up any space at all!
4) Bamboo Cutlery Set
This has been a new but very necessary addition to what we pack with us on our travels. There’s nothing worse than having to use a silly, single use fork or spoon to eat something, only to just chuck it away afterwards and for it to never biodegrade. That’s why we love our Bambaw cutlery set, but what’s even better is that it comes with a bamboo straw! Up until now, we would simply have to ask for our drinks to come without straws, which is obviously absolutely fine, but now that we have a reusable straw, we use it all the time (especially for smoothies)!
5) Reusable Shopping/Tote Bag
Something that we’re all to familiar with is walking out of a supermarket with our arms full with shopping in protest of plastic bags. But, that was before we carried a reusable bag with us - not one of those slightly more durable plastic carrier bags - one of our very own ethical, sustainable and organic cotton tote bags!
Have a favourite eco-friendly of your own for travel? Leave a comment below to let us know!
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