It may be simple to reduce waste when you’re at home, but what about when you’re on the road? Here are a few tips for greener summer travel…
Recycling and composting are easy at home, but what about when you’re traveling? Without easy access to your compost and recycling bins, it can take a little creativity to keep up your eco-friendly habits.
However, with a bit of advance planning, you can make your summer travels less damaging to the environment and reduce your waste output even while you’re on the go.
Here are a few tips for a greener summer vacation:
Bring Snacks and Water in Reusable Containers
Food and water consumption accounts for a lot of single-use packaging. If you are going on a trip, plan ahead by bringing reusable food containers, travel mugs and water bottles. Bringing some or all of your food helps cut waste and save money because a lot of travel foods come with lots of packaging. You can then refill your mugs and water bottles on your trip. Some restaurants may even let you get food to go with your containers.
Bring Bags to Collect Recyclables
It can be difficult to find recycling bins on the go, especially if you aren’t familiar with the area. If you are driving on your trip, bring bags or bins to collect your recyclables and possibly even your food waste scraps for composting.
Stay in a Hotel with Recycling Services
If you are planning to stay in a hotel, do a bit of planning. Before you book your hotel, you can call ahead to find out about their recycling services or look online for hotels with a high green rating. TripAdvisor, for example, has a GreenLeaders Program to help you plan an eco-friendly hotel stay. If the hotel you use doesn’t have a collection system, plan ahead by either collecting your recyclables or finding an alternative recycling collection point.