Travelling has is pros but environmentally it can be a struggle.
So how can you minimise waste while travelling. This can be difficult if you are not prepared. I’m not saying I was or am prepared but I feel I’m getting there really fast.
The biggest source of waste is good packaging. So far in Italy it has been a bit of a struggle.
When we arrived, we had to stop for food, then we stopped for groceries. In the shops they seem to use a lot of plastic. You use a plastic glove to handle open fruit and veg, and you add it to another plastic bag to store it.
I was not prepared for all the plastic I was about to use. Being in an unfamiliar country it can be hard to know exactly what to do.
So I will be looking out for light weights veg carriers that I can store in my backpack as well. Then just bring them out when fruit and veg shopping is being done.
Another thing I need to start carrying around is shopping bags. It is inevitable that shopping will be done and I don’t want to keep buying shopping bags to do the shopping.
As we only eat fruit and vegetables, rice and beans, nuts and seeds, this does mean that we do reduce a lot of standard waste.
In most shops in Italy I have noticed that there isn’t much packaged fruit and veg, they’re stacked up and you choose what fruit and veg you want.
So, if I can implement my usage of personal shopping bags and tiny, lightweight vegetable bags then I think I can overcome a lot of the plastic usage while travelling.
It can be quite hard to do this as usually you are in a different country with a different language. Over time you can build your confidence with using your own packaging.
Looking for gifts for your zero waste friends and family, see this link.
Make sure you find out where the locals recycle their plastic, cardboard and glass. This way you can help prevent recycling items going into the standard rubbish bins.
Here are some links to the type of bags you can get for shopping:
It is possible but it does take planning.
What’s your tips and secrets for travelling enviromentally?
This post contains Etsy Affiliate links.