Plastic free travel starts in your backpackPlastic-free travel is a reality within your reach, within everyone’s reach! And it starts in our backpacks. All it takes is a little bit of willpower, leaving excuses aside. Come on, if you haven’t joined this wave of change yet, it’s about time.
Let’s declare war on plastic!How? By changing our travel habits. Today we want to share with you some easy tips that can help you travel without plastic and prepare an eco-friendly backpack.
Free and plastic-free waterWater is the product we most consume and it (almost) always comes bottled in disposable plastic. We later see the same plastic floating in the sea when we swim or dive and that the tides bring to the shore of our favorite beaches. In short, the enemy that pollutes the sea that we love and enjoy so much. Traveling without plastic bottles, or reducing their consumption, is not only possible but also easy and cheap. Get a stainless steel bottle and refill it at the recharging points, paid or free, that you will find everywhere you go: restaurants, hostels like ours at DPM, or recharging stations. And if there is no other alternative and you have to buy (we know that sometimes happens), it is always better in multi-liter format, which you can then refill and with it, you refill your reusable bottles every day.
Straws, made of bamboo or stainless steelThe use of disposable plastic straws is both the most shocking and the dumbest thing you can see. Millions are consumed every day – millions! And worst of all, they are used for only a few minutes and can take up to 500 years to decompose in the sea. Sadly, most of them end up in our oceans. And they’re not even necessary! So the solution is easy: drink your beverage without a straw, or do it with reusable ones, whether they are made of bamboo, coconut, or stainless steel. They won’t take up space or weight in your backpack.
Goodbye plastic bags!Many countries have taken the lead by banning the distribution of plastic bags, while many others have started charging for them. So their days are numbered – fingers crossed! If you have not yet joined the use of reusable cloth bags, you are long overdue. You can find them everywhere, in any country in the world, whether in stores, supermarkets or online.
Plastic-free street foodFoodies passionate about street food also face the problem of disposable plastic. Everything comes wrapped in this polluting material. But we assure you that traveling without plastic is possible, and it only requires a little effort. At DPM we advise you to use your own Tupper or reusable container when you buy your street food. It doesn’t take up so much space in your backpack, there are even collapsible ones. Don’t forget the cutlery! Reusable spoon, fork, and chopstick kits are practical and can travel with you without adding weight and space to your backpack.
Toiletries in bulkIt may seem difficult to travel with a toiletry bag without plastic, but surprise, it’s not! At DPM, we know that more and more travelers are switching to solid shampoo or a bar of soap. Toiletries that are not packaged in disposable plastic can be found in many places around the world. And if you can’t get them, there are also other options, such as buying them by weight. Yes, you read that right, paying for the quantity you buy. Many stores are selling bulk products where you can take your own container and refill it without littering the planet. Check out these 7 refill stations in Bangkok or this list of Bali shops.
Non-polluting mosquito repellentsLovers of the outdoors and warm climates are constantly faced with the risks of contracting diseases from mosquito bites. And in the best-case scenario, the risk remains an itchy discomfort or allergies. Who has not suffered from this martyrdom at one time or another? So the use of repellents has become a travel imperative in many parts of the world, especially in Southeast Asia. Repellent is a fashionable perfume! The chemical components of most repellents pollute the air, the water and harm our health. Are there alternatives? Always. We bet on natural repellents, such as citronella repellents. But here is another problem: are these repellents packaged in plastic? If the answer is yes, and as you will probably need more than one bottle on your trip, we also suggest that you switch to bulk repellents. You use the same container that you can refill in these stores selling by weight that we have mentioned. Even on small islands such as Koh Tao (in Thailand) you can find them.
Plastic free travel is possibleAs you can see, the alternatives to travel without plastic are within everyone’s reach, eco and budget-friendly. And what is even more important, the reasons for doing so are powerful: to care for and protect what we love most, our seas, our oceans, and our natural environments. Are you trying it on your next trip? Let us know in the comments!
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