1-Reduce (stop) flying!
Planes secrete a crazy amount fo CO2 - a return flight from Sydney to London will release up to 6 tonnes of CO2 per passenger. Globally, flying makes up 2-3% of carbon emissions and if global aviation was a country it would rank in the top 10 carbon emitters. By 2030 it’s predicted that global aviation will emit more carbon than the entire European Union.
Solution: where you can try to bus or train it. (I’m planning on catching a 32hr train from Kotor (Albania) to Munich (Germany)!
I wrote a blog about this and about carbon off-setting on the OceanBee website here.
Take your own travel soap for washing clothes or make your own laundry powder.
Bulk food shops like ‘The Source Bulk Foods’ sell cleaning products package free! Just take in your own container and fill it up. There are dishwashing liquid and laundry liquids.
See Bulk Foods here.
OR, make your own! There are lots of recipes out there for making your own dishwashing powder and laundry powder. Think lemon lemon lemon. Try these for some inspiration:
Biome coconut infused laundry powder:
‘How to’ video here.
3-Take shampoo & conditioner bars
I love these alternatives to shampoo bottles, not only because they smell delicious, they’re also so easy to travel with! They fit tightly into a steel container and you don’t have to worry about your carry-on liquid limit because they’re not liquids! They’re made from all-natural & vegan ingredients so they’ll leave your hair smelling like a flower garden and you feeling great!
Or bulk foods shampoo & conditioner – BYO container and fill up with all-natural, package free conditioner at your local bulk foods store here.
4-BYO takeaway containers for when eating out & your own keep cup
5-BYO cutlery and straws
For bamboo cutlery see Biome.
For Keep Cups and straws see OceanBee.
Use sunscreen that doesn’t damage coral reefs.
1 Million Women made an excellent blog on this subject and
I don’t think I could do it justice by paraphrasing,
so here it is.
7- Moon cups
In 1 person’s lifetime they will go through over 11,000 disposable sanitary products, spending almost $24,000. These products end up in landfill, in incineration or in our oceans and on our beaches. Save all that waste with just the 1 cup.
Unfortunately, most of these are US brands so you will pay for shipping, but don’t let that deter you! You’re paying a once off price for something that’s going to last you 5 years! Our favourite sites:
OrganiCup (often have 2 for 1 sales and donate cups to women in developing countries).
Lunette (Australian made & owned).
8- Bamboo toothbrush & hairbrush
We generate an incredible amount of waste just from brushing our teeth – if every person uses 1 plastic toothbrush a year (if not more) we’ve got billions of plastic toothbrushes going straight into landfill. Bamboo toothbrushes are biodegradable. TIP: if the bamboo feels funny in your mouth, soak it in coconut oil before use.
9-Don’t buy everything new for your trip
10-Finally! Take nothing with you but memories and leave nothing behind but footprints.
Gemma at Annapurna base camp, Nepal, super excited about travelling sustainably.
This post was written by guest blogger Bella Charlesworth and taken from her blog website: