Sustainable and Ethical Packing
The negative impacts caused by travel take a huge toll on our environment. This includes the depletion of local natural resources, greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to pollution and waste problems. While transport across countries is pretty essential for world travelers, there are a variety of ways to reduce your carbon footprint and decrease your personal waste in a foreign region of the world.
The amount of single use plastic items that fill our oceans, landfills, and every other corner of the world is ungraspable. What better way to start minimizing your waste than eliminating some of those unnecessary plastic items. With planning, these transitions won’t appear to be inconvenient on your travels.
Bring a reusable water bottle. You will end up saving time, money, and effort. Plus, you will be able to bring it through security before you catch your flight. In locations where water resources are not safe to drink directly from, consider purchasing purifying water tablets or water bottles with built in filter systems.
Avoid disposable cutlery and straws. Straws are 1 of the top 10 items found in beach cleanups. Find reusable alternatives. Metal straws are a great option, since after their lifetime they can be recycled. As for cutlery, many outdoors stores have lightweight travel utensils.
Bring a reusable shopping bag. Practical, portable, convenient, and light. Need I say more? Single use plastic bags are used pretty much everywhere, but they are rarely recycled, and frequently don’t even make it to a safe disposal area.
Eco-friendly versions of products. Look into more ethical alternatives for products such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes etc. Package free shampoo and conditioner bars are a great option, especially since they are solid and take up minimal space in luggage.
Another beneficial initiative to take on would be to support local economies. Shopping at local markets means you’re not only receiving fresh produce, the money you spend goes directly back into that community rather than large scale corporations.
Consider taking a more mindful approach when it comes to travel. With the proper preparation and knowledge, taking on these simple initiatives won’t seem like such a daunting task. The environmental impact of travel is immense, and if we all take on a bit of this challenge, there is a chance a real difference can be made.