There are some really simple steps to becoming a sustainable traveller. Sadly our desire to see the world, do all the things, eat the things and generally be amazing human beings does come at a cost to the planet. One that is avoidable to a certain extent if we’re willing to make a few simple changes to our basic behaviours.
No, you don’t need to turn yourself into a tree hugging, no shaved armpit hippy swimming in your own self-pride and newly founded vegan status. Then again no judgement here if that’s your thing. You do you.
Why Go Sustainable?
What does it even mean? Be a more sustainable traveller? Financially? Emotionally? Environmentally? Well, today in honour of Plastic Free July we’re going to look more into the environmental impacts that we can actively reduce whilst on the road. Hopefully, you’ll see that these small steps make sense financially and give you great emotional satisfaction. These really are the low hanging fruit that I can’t see anyone having any great hurdles to jump over to make a change.
Plastic. It’s a huge issue. Travelling around South East Asia it’s so tempting to buy all the things in the teeny tiny plastic bags. With little to no thought on the creation and disposal of these bags. I’ve done. It’s uber cute drinking juice from a plastic bag, with a plastic straw whilst Snapchatting. These plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever. The current data suggests that by 2050 if we continue on the same path that there will be more tonnes of plastic then free in the ocean!
Keeping hydrated whilst on the road is oh so very important to your health. Dehydration, even when you’re healthy, is rather uncomfortable and undesirable. It’s tempting to grab those bottles of water, drink and flick away. We regularly carry Camelbak bottles and a steripen just in case we’re not sure of the water quality.
If you’re after a water bottle & filtration system check out the Water To Go bottles. Our friend Mike from Bemused Backpacker has some fancy words on these great bottles.
Coffee Cup of Happiness
There’s such a simple pleasure of a cup of hot coffee in the morning. Or afternoon. Late in the evening. What’s not great? Ah the 500 billion – yes billion – disposable coffee cups are produced globally each year. We could go into more detail about the lining in these cups and how much energy they take to make. If you do want more information on than the Story of Stuff is where you want to go to learn more. Since 2009 we’ve been travelling with a KeepCup. Along the way these cups have served us well carrying hot coffee, keeping it hot and saving us money. Many cafes offer a small discount if you BYO.
What’s In Your Wardrobe?
Clothing is a necessity in most parts of the world. Unless your off in Norway doing a naked hike. In which case enjoy your hike and remember to put on some clothing once you’re done. Clothing can have a huge environmental impact. From the making to the washing. For a little bit of luxury on the road we’re huge fans of Boody. Sustainable bamboo clothing that’s comfortable, easy to wash and feels nice on your booty. The range is basic but brilliant. The undies have become a favourite staple in my hiking wardrobe. Soft, smooth and don’t heat up. Ain’t no body got time for a hot booty.
Fresh Is Best
Being a female traveller there are a few additional things to think about. Getting your period on the road can be a right pain in the uterus. Especially when things get moving when you’re not ready. It’s not always easy to find lady products on the road. ModiBodi are the original period panties. Terrible use of the word panty but a seriously great product. Even just for those long flights or over night buses. Cause we all know that fresh is best. ModiBodi uses modifier air technology which draws sweat and discharge away from the source and fights bacteria to keep you fresh as a daisy, all day.
Keepin’ All Your Delicates Super Clean
Having amazing active wear and delicates is the first step to a sustainable wardrobe. The next and way less glamorous is the washing of beautiful wear. The Allurette washer is the easiest way to gently and effectively clean hand-wash only clothing. Compact, portable and only 112g its perfect for ladies who like to travel. The Allurette is so easy to use. It features a flexible internal washboard and with a few minutes of gentle massaging provides you with a machine worthy wash. All without trying to find a laundry matt. We’ve used our Allurette bag on recent hikes. It’s been great for storing dirty laundry until we get a day to do the all important washing.
But wait there’s more to being a sustainable traveller.
Isn’t there always more that we can be doing? Of course, there is. Personal hygiene items – like face wash and deodorant.
Or BYO shopping bag. Do you really need more plastic bags from shopping? Ah no you do not and quite a few cities have recently banned the plastic bag, so you can’t even get one if you wanted one.
Being a sustainable traveller starts with the things that we take with us and flows onto the ways in which we act in the communities that we travel through.
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