The Van Life, Road-trips and Reusable Utensils
Jump on a car, turn the music on, indulge in an un-limit amount of snacks and zip on your neverending coffee, tea or kombucha. Lay back, bring your legs up if you are the co-pilot and explore areas that can’t be seen from the height of an airplane. Meet new friends, reunite with old ones, strengthen relationships and if you travel solo maybe discover something more about yourself.
Road trips are good for the soul yet can be not so good for the environment. The carbon footprint we leave becomes more evident when we’re living The Van Life, both because we use more disposable tools and cutlery but also because we normally visit locations that are not so used to human waste.
Travelling in a more responsible way though, is something we can all be part of. We’ve decided to do a little research for our readers, so when you plan your next trip you know how you can plan ahead and reduce your waste.
To ensure you commit to your zero-waste lifestyle mindset, some planning ahead will be required, and you’ll be asked to recognize that waste begins with the choices we make as consumers.
- Start at home by removing the food packaging you plan to take and storing it in Eco-Friendly Reusable Containers; they will also serve to store leftovers on the road and to minimize waste in general.
- Other Eco Utensils you can get that are extremely convenient for your comfort and for the environment are Reusable Cups, Reusable Plates, Reusable Stainless Steel Straws, Reusable Silverware, and even if Zero Waste Cutlery doesn’t sound particularly exciting, a small set of utensils is surprisingly useful when you’re away from home.
- And let’s not forget about our sustainable lifestyle efforts, that’s why we need to keep in mind that we can’t use any set of utensils, but the ones made of a sustainable material (yes that means using Plastic Free Products).
There’s a wide variety of eco-friendly materials to choose from, the most well-known being Bamboo and Stainless Steel, but all have in common the same advantages, they’re incredibly convenient, practical, and you can be in control of their hygiene.
By keeping these simple tips in mind, you can green this season’s road trip and assuage any guilt you feel about traveling in the first place. As an added bonus, we recommend slowing down and making family-friendly stops to enjoy the scenery, you may even enjoy going green!