Whether heading overseas or on a quick weekend getaway, it can be challenging to maintain a sustainable lifestyle while traveling.
Road trips mean an abundance of take-away coffee breaks, airports are filled with meals wrapped in plastic packaging, and more times than not, you’re just having WAY too much fun exploring to stop and have a sit-down meal — we get it!
You’re on vacation, it’s normal for your sustainable routine to encounter new obstacles.
To help give your travels a super simple sustainability boost, we’ve come up with a list of 5 tips, tricks, and handy reusables to help you enjoy a more environmentally conscious journey, no matter where you venture!
When on the road, ordering takeaway, or enjoying deliciously authentic local street-food, packing your own reusable container is a great way to cut down on single-use plastics and waste during your travels!
Grab a lidded container to enjoy your meal later, or aJumbo Coconut Bowl to indulge right away, and fill with takeaway salads, main meals, or cheeky treats for a waste-free alternative.
Worried about the weight of your luggage? AllCoconut Bowl’s products are ethically sourced, ultra-light, and the perfect size to toss in your bag and enjoy all your delicious meals on-the-go! Pair your bowl with theirWooden Coconut Cutlery Set to replace plastic utensils on the airplane, in your hostel, or at your newly discovered takeaway spots!
Coco Tip: Always make sure your container is clean, dry, and ready to go! If you’re unsure whether a new takeaway spot will welcome your personal container, simply smile and ask beforehand — most are happy to save their packaging resources as well!
If your anything like us, no matter where we go, we LOVE to start our mornings with a hot cup of tea or coffee and stay nice and hydrated throughout the day. Packing your own water bottle is a super simple way to enjoy your favourite beverages on-the-go while cutting down on plastic waste!
To avoid having to carry multiple containers, we find that purchasing an insulated water bottle is a great way to pack a single item that will keep your water cold, and your morning coffee nice and hot! Check out ethical companies likeHydro Flask, for an epic selection of insulated water bottles and travel cups!
Just remember, if traveling by plane, empty your bottle before heading through airport security and fill it back up before boarding to enjoy during your flight!
Heading on a tropical vacay? Give back to the community by doing your own mini beach-clean up! A self-run beach clean-up not only allows you to explore beautiful beaches and soak up a few sun rays, but you’ll also be helping to keep the community that is hosting you, clean and waste-free!
Coco Tip: Make your beach clean-up a super fun family activity with these 3 games:
(Remember to always wear gloves and thoroughly wash your hands after a beach clean-up.)
There are so many perks to staying in a hotel or private accommodation while traveling — room service, housekeeping, and a beautifully furnished room all invite you to kick your shoes off and relax! But daily housekeeping can also have a negative impact on our planet. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your stay more environmentally friendly!To save water:
If you’re looking for tasty local treats, exploring the Farmer’s Market is a great way to minimize waste, explore your surroundings, and enjoy deliciously fresh fruits and veggies!
Because Farmers Market produce comes directly from the source, plastic packaging is minimal and loose bulk fruits and veggies are abundant! Just don’t forget to pack yourTaste Without Waste reusableGrocery Tote,Market Bag, andProduce Bags when you go!
Coco Tip: Exploring a town’s local market is an amazing way to immerse yourself into the culture you’re visiting, directly support local farmers and artisans, and invest your dollar back into the community!
Since many towns largely rely on income from tourism, this is a super fun and sustainable way to chat with locals, learn about favourite ‘Hidden Gems’ to visit and make a HUGE positive impact on the community you’re visiting.
As always, when making environmentally conscious choices during your travels, it’s important to remember that the road to sustainability is a journey in and of itself! Environmental knowledge varies from person to person and culture to culture. That’s why at Coconut Bowls, we always strive to do our part to minimize our own impact on the earth, educate with love, and guide others in their sustainable endeavors.