Green Up Your Travels With These Simple Eco-Friendly Swaps
Want to live a greener existence, but not sure where to start?
When I gave up plastic for a year, I was pretty eager to crack on with my project. One method I had success with, was writing a list of items that I would not use under any circumstances – and looking for alternatives.
Fancy doing the same? Well, here are five items that you too can eliminate the use of, with a few, simple eco-friendly swaps.
For me, straws are public enemy number one. I really can’t think of a more pointless item. What’s wrong with drinking straight from the cup?
Replace with: If you want a substitute, use a stainless steel strawinstead. You can also buyglass straws, but they’d probably be silly to take travelling. I usually pre-empt the situation by saying I don’t want a straw whilst ordering. This works 2/3 times… sometimes they forget and on other occasions, I’ve been presented with a straw when I haven’t expected one (such as with soup).
Wet wipes are regularly worshipped as being an ideal addition to one’s travel toiletries bag. So multi-purposeful! You can use them to clean your face on planes, take your makeup off, or even wipe your bottom with them, in lieu of toilet paper!
The ones that don’t go down the toilet, get to sit in landfill for probably all eternity.
Replace with: If you’re on the go, I would recommend a small, quick-drying hand towel – you can purchase some as a set with larger towels. That way you can wet it, give your face a scrub, rinse it and let it, well – quickly dry out! For make up, I apply Jojoba Oil onto a reusable cotton round and scrub it off with that – or sometimes I just wash my face with water and a flannel. I get pimples quite irregularly, so must be doing something right.
If you’re using them as a hygiene item, to keep your hands germ free – invest in a small soap tin and carry around a tiny bit of soap in that. Take your water bottle, wet your hands, scrub the soap and dry on your quick dry towel, or your trousers. Now you’re sanitised!
Soap is a good segue into mini-toiletries. You know those items that you can find in any drugstore/chemist/Boots that are small sized versions of deodorants, shampoos, conditioner, moisturiser, perfect for carry-on?! Oh, they’re so tiny and handy and guaranteed to be used once before being lost in the back of your bathroom cabinet forever.
Replace with: Containers, which you can decant your shampoo, moisturiser and the like into. These ones have their capacity written on them (so you won’t get caught out at airport security – it’s happened to me before) and you can write what’s contained in there on the bottle.
Oh goodness, I go on about plastic bottles a lot, but not without good reason – I promise.
I don’t really understand why anyone would pay money for plastic bottles, when it’s so easy to use an alternative. It saves you money and is helpful to the environment – so why wouldn’t you do it?
Once again, plastic bags are silly, pointless and quite easily replaced. Just shove a reusable bag into your purse, suitcase or pocket and use it when you need it.
Replace with: I love my cotton tote and this set of bags are also a good place to start.
So there you have it – five items that can be swapped out quite simply for reusable alternatives. You’ll be saving money (and the planet) in no time at all.
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