Stop Using Plastic Cutlery
Each year, billions of plastic straws, forks, spoons, and knives are used once and then thoughtlessly thrown away. Eventually, these plastic items end up in landfills and rivers, either polluting our air and soil or making their way to the world's oceans.
One easy and obvious way to reduce our plastic cutlery use is to purchase reusable or biodegradable straws and cutlery.
Carry a Reusable Tote
Just like plastic cutlery and straws, billions of single-use plastic bags are used and discarded every single year. A great way to combat plastic bag use both at home and while traveling is to carry a reusable tote. A simple tote bag will be flexible enough to fold and carry in your purse or backpack, is inexpensive, and will save you from using plastic bags. This one will easily fit in your pocket and is washable.
Ditch the Travel-Sized Bottles
Travel-size shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste tubes are a huge issue when it comes to eco-travel. These tiny plastic bottles are used once or twice and then thrown away, giving them a narrow window for usefulness while polluting our planet for years to come.
While it's not usually practical to travel with the full-sized versions of your favorite toiletries, putting them into smaller, reusable bottles will save you from using a lot of plastic in the long run.
Bring a Reusable Bottle
Instead of purchasing plastic water bottles and single-use coffee cups, consider purchasing one single reusable bottle that will keep your hot liquids hot and your cold liquids cold. A reusable bottle with high insulation is an awesome tool for refilling on the go and will act both as a water cooler and as a thermos, depending on what temperature liquid you pour into it.
At the same time, if you do end up purchasing a coffee on the go, try and support a company that values sustainability. Footprintus.com works closely with companies to provide them with biodegradable coffee cups and lids, helping you make a purchase you can feel good about.
Use Compostable Products
From toothbrushes to trash bags, so many of the day-to-day products we use both at home and while traveling are made of plastic, yet have sustainable alternatives. Before purchasing your next plastic every-day item, do a quick search to see if there is a compostable/biodegradable version of that item.