There’s no secret that in order to live a long healthy life we need to take care of the environment too. When we’re at home, we often keep this in mind; while going for groceries we take reusable bags and avoid plastic whenever we can. But what about when we travel? Plastic bottles, use and throw containers and utensils are way more convenient. However, they’re not the best option as they end up being in the landfill and take centuries to break down.
Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of ways to reduce the waste while you travel the next time :
The first thing you can do to save the planet while travelling is to go paperless. Technology is everywhere and as long as you’ve a smartphone do you really need to print receipts? Cause no matter where you travel, e-tickets are acceptable everywhere. Moreover, you can easily pay from your phone at any restaurant and shop.
2. Pack Your Own Snacks
We all get hungry when we hike or travel to a destination for a couple of Hours. For such situations, try to pack your own snacks in reusable containers instead of buying unhealthy snacks wrapped in plastic from local shops.
3. Invest in Eco-Friendly Toiletries
We often bring loads of toiletries starting from shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, face wash, moisturizer, deodorant, razor, tampons to other beauty and hygiene products. But did you know you can cut a lot of waste by simply buying sustainable travel bottles for your shampoo and other liquid products? These travel bottles are one time investments as you can use them over and over again. Moreover, switching to menstrual cups is more hygienic and eco-friendly.
4. Opt For Public Transportation
When you’re travelling, you obviously want to visit as many places as possible. However, visiting a new place shouldn’t affect its environment. Hence, rather than renting a car or taxi, go for public transportation as it can get you to any place, it’s cheap, and you can spare the environment from extra pollution too.
5. Shop Ethically
A little shopping during a trip is inevitable, we get it. However, you should keep in mind to reduce waste in every possible way. Hence, instead of shopping from fast fashion stores, shop from local stores that promote eco-friendly products, reusable bags, zero plastic waste, as well as zero animal cruelty. And remember, your support will not only help the community, but also save the planet.
- Mohor Bhattacharjee