Friday, August 23rd 2019, 3:52 pm – In many parts of the world, a plastic bag fee has been implemented to deter people from taking plastic bags but in Southeast Asia and many prime travel areas they are still very much in use – to the point where before you’ve realised what’s happened, a single item of food ( probably additionally wrapped in some other plastic packaging which has no purpose) has a plastic bag all to itself. But it’s not just the plastic bags that are an issue anymore.

The world is starting to rethink how plastic is consumed. Now, single-use plastic is regarded as wasteful and hazardous, rather than a product of convenience.

So how do we work around single-plastic use in our travel?

This guide will help.

REUSABLE CANVAS BAG

When you head out shopping, take your non-plastic canvas bag and simply turn down the bag. Also, bring a few cotton bags you can fold up and into the bigger canvas bag so you are covered for anything. Tale Of The Future bags and backpacks are made from canvas and cotton, dyed with azo-free colours.  This process makes them safer to use and less harmful to the environment. They are vegan and plastic-free.

REUSABLE BOTTLE

Take a reusable bottle with you on your flight and use it as your primary drinking bottle throughout your journey. If you are prepared the flight attendants, and eateries will accommodate and refill your reusable bottle. Hydro Flask has them in various sizes.

BAMBOO & STAINLESS STEEL UTENSILS TRAVEL KIT

This you can apply to travel and everyday life. We suggest you get a cotton bag that you slip all your non-plastic utensils in and keep in your canvas bag all the time. Anytime you are offered plastic ones then you have your bamboo or stainless-steel ones handy. If you want to par down carry a spork with is one that is both a spoon on one end and fork on the other. In your bag also include bamboo or stainless-steel straw. You can find an assortment of these and containers at Eco Lunch Boxes.

FOOD WRAP & UTENSILS

Pack a few stainless-steel containers to prepare food to take on the plane and use for snacks while you travel or to pass up on food packaging that is served in plastic. Also, consider bringing beeswax wraps for food, for covering personal products, and for other things along the way. I suggest you slip in 6-8. They will come in handy. You can find them at Lilly Bee Wrap online. You can find an assortment at Eco Lunch Boxes.

PACKAGING-FREE SHAMPOO, CONDITIONERS, AND SOAP

Shampoo and soap bars, without packaging, are perfect if you want to try and reduce your plastic usage and waste. Use the beeswax wraps to carry them in once in use or a stainless-steel container. Just make sure they dry before putting them away. O’Canada Soap WorksRocky Mountain Soap Company, and Waterlilies & Company carry them online. 

ECO-PACKAGED DEODERANT

Etsy has some great options for Eco-friendly deodorant sticks, which tend to come in biodegradable cardboard packaging. Your Nature has a plastic-free, eco-friendly natural deodorant and organic ingredients, such as coconut oil, shea butter, mango butter, lavender, bergamot, and candelilla wax.

ORGANIC PLASTIC-FREE TOOTHPASTE AND FLOSS

So, for a truly plastic-free toothpaste, natural toothpaste by Georganics, which comes in a glass jar. They also have floss. They have a floss that is 100 per cent silk, it contains a small percentage (20 per cent) of polyester yarn. Both are coated with natural candelilla wax and flavoured with organic essential oil. The floss comes in a reusable, plastic-free glass dispenser and metal lid. The dispenser can be reused with their floss refills.
 

BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH

The two main plastic items we see washed up on the beach is water bottles and toothbrushes.

Inexpensive and, biodegradable, they will break down completely after they’ve been thrown away.

Traditional plastic toothbrushes never biodegrade so they end up in oceans or landfills eventually, bamboo biodegrade in about 2 years. Don’t forget the bamboo box to carry it in. You can pick these up at Georgia Organics, or try Well.

SAFETY RAZORS

Made from stainless steel, pack one away in your canvas bag with your care kit. Plastic razors never biodegrade so these are a great alternative.

SKINCARE REGIME

You can purchase skin care products in glass bottles that come in the size allowable to take carry on. Or get some tins and pump your products into little tins to take along. With a label maker, mark the tins as to which product is inside.

COTTON TRAVEL TOWELS

100% cotton and much better than towels made with microfibres and these dry quick.

ORGANIC COTTON PERSONAL CARE KITS

Instead of the plastic ones, switch to organic personal care kits and pouches. When they get soiled, just pop them in the washer. A favourite brand is Cottage Cloth, based in Toronto, Ontario, all products are made with organic cotton and natural plant-based dyes.



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