Do you love travelling but also care about preserving the Earth’s wonderful landscapes? If yes, then try to be kind to your planet by having a holiday that allows you to make multiple green gestures. Even on holiday, plastic is enemy number 1. It’s everywhere… including on beaches and in the sea where we love to spend our summers! Try these plastic-free tips for your holidays this year.
Discover 5 tips for a zero-waste holiday
1- Plastic-free picnics and shopping!
Living without waste is possible, even on holiday! There are so many easy ways to replace single-use plastic with reusable items. In your suitcase, try packing a reusable water bottle to take everywhere. Whether it’s stainless-steel or silicone, a reusable water bottle is trendy as well as green. Also, try to take a pretty tote bag or fabric produce bag to use at the market, which helps to avoid unnecessary plastic packaging.
2- Zero-waste cooking and treats: buy local
There’s nothing like trying the local cuisine to immerse yourself in your destination and have a truly authentic experience. From the market to the restaurant, choose local and seasonal products. You can trust nature to provide fresh vegetables and tangy fruits. Why load your trolley with plastic-wrapped fruits from all over the world, when you can simply head to a market, where you’re sure to find high-quality local produce. What’s more, you’ll enjoy a much friendlier and more authentic atmosphere. You could also try to seek out a zero-waste grocery store and choose recyclable packaging wherever possible and remember to bring your reusable tote bag. Finally, once you’ve cooked your food and served it, you can avoid waste by putting leftovers in a composter!
3- A natural beauty routine
It’s scorching and the sun is beating down. Your skin is hot and thirsty. More than ever, it’s important to keep yourself and your skin hydrated. However, while you’re making the most of the sun, avoid chemical and alcohol-based products: the zero-waste challenge applies to your beauty routine too! So it’s back to basics! Adopt a natural beauty routine: a moisturizer in the morning, a sun cream made with natural ingredients and minimal filters that are damaging to the environment. This summer, keep your beauty routine minimal and responsible, by sticking to the essentials.
4- Excercise: take care of your body and your planet!
This summer take a step further towards zero waste by trying « plogging » ! A mixture of the Swedish term « ploka upp », meaning “picking up”, and the word « jogging », plogging is a responsible running practice, where joggers pick up litter along the way. But you don’t have to stick to jogging. Walk in the countryside, dive, swim, hike in the mountains, or get on your bike: you can still apply the principles of plogging! Remember to take a fabric bag with you. But before you put everything you’ve picked up in the rubbish, remember to sort your recycling ! Make sure you check out your local council's recycling policies so that you can do it right! So have fun on your holidays while protecting the environment!
5- Transport: minimalist travel!
When it comes to travelling light, there’s nothing better than an e-ticket.! It weighs nothing, and its carbon footprint is minimal. So no excuses: turn off your printer and download your e-ticket. Another zero-waste tip: travel light! Minimalism on holiday means only packing what you need. Take inspiration from Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. Only take what’s necessary, and leave the rest at home. Your zero-waste suitcase will protect your planet and your back!
Going a step further... If you want to live a zero-waste life all year round, you can find tips and advice in Bea Johnson’s book<« Zero Waste Home ». /span>
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