We often think about reuse as being something that we do at home but reuse outside of your home is important as well. When you are on the go, whether it’s out and about in your hometown or traveling greater distances, the opportunities to produce more waste are endless. With a little bit of planning, you can greatly reduce the amount of waste you produce.
When you are packing, whether it be your lunch for the day or for an extended stay somewhere, be sure to include reusable items like a coffee cup, water bottle, storage containers, utensils, and a reusable straw. I like to tuck a reusable napkin or bandana into my bag as well. Reusable shopping bags always come in handy. If you forgot your reusable bag, purchase one while travelling as a souvenir.
Be mindful of consumption while you travel, including packaging waste and single use items. When eating take away food, say no to extra napkins, utensils, and straws. Shop at local stores, eat at local restaurants/food trucks, and visit farmer’s markets to reduce your environmental impact and support the community. Also, be mindful of the souvenir purchases you make along the way. Avoid fast fashion and other cheaply made items and instead opt for locally made items or souvenirs crafted from sustainable materials.
Lastly, don’t forget to learn about recycling rules at your destination. Every region has different rules for what can go in the recycling bin. Small actions can have a big impact and with a little bit of planning you can greatly reduce the waste you produce while traveling.