1. Pack a Tote Bag & Say ‘No’ to Plastic
I can’t tell you how many times packing a tote bag has come in handy. These can be used when buying groceries and/or if you don’t want to take out a backpack/handbag. In addition, I’ll never give up the opportunity to purchase a destination themed tote to add to the little collection of mine.
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These are light and easy to pack, which makes them perfect for travelling. I definitely think it prevents you from having to both purchase and accept plastic bags. I’d strongly encourage you to incorporate carrying a tote bag into everyday life. I have one in the car & any handbags or work/study bags.
2. Use Lush Shampoo/Conditioner Bars
I’m an advocate for all of Lush’s products. They are all eco-friendly & not tested on animals. In addition, the bottles used for the liquid products are made of non-virgin plastic. This plastic has been recycled and the stores will even let you bring in x amount of empty tubs to swap for face masks!
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I highly recommend the shampoo and conditioner bars, because they are compact and honestly last for a long time! I bought a couple of Lush’s metals tins to store them, which is perfect for keeping in the shower or packing in a bag when travelling. Also, the bars will pass carry on limits.
3. Pack a Travel Reusable Water Bottle
I have always used reusable water bottle. It stops you from contributing to plastic waste, but also keeps costs down when travelling. I use these even when I’m at home & going to work daily. I suggest getting one with a filter, which allows you to make sure the water is clean before chugging down.
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However, I want to mention that some countries will have undrinkable water and this is even if it has been through a filter. I know there are some water purification tablets available, but I do suggest doing research before you visit a new place. It could be a plan to check local government websites.
4. Offset the Carbon Emissions on Flights
I have noticed a few airlines doing this lately. The choice to offset carbon emissions usually becomes available at the checkout page, which will obviously appear if the airline offers this service. I have previously done this with Jetstar and it only costs a couple of extra dollars than the flight itself.
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On the other hand, I recommend seeing if you can travel overland at all e.g. The Phillipines is made of many islands, which can often be reached via ferry. This would not only save you the cost of additional domestic and/or international fights, but make a reduced impact upon the environment.
5. Try Meat Free Mondays
I’m not telling you to go vegetarian or vegan, because that is a personal preferences and choice. However, I have researched that eating less meat can be better for both health and the planet. A lot of greenhouse gases are released in the process of farming animals for our family tables each day.
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I would encourage you to check out this Greenpeace article, as it goes though this subject further. In addition, I’m always one for trying new dishes & there’s plenty of veg dishes to sample all over the world. I do have a short article on the best foods to try in Fiji! (not specific to vegetarians).
I think that wraps up the Environmentally Friendly Travel tips I have for you today. I would love to hear if you have any further tips to share with us all!
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