When it comes to traveling, most people often think that throwing that bit of plastic wrapper on the streets would barely matter because someone must be there to pick it up. Why do we need to wait for that someone to come and clean the streets? Why do we want another fellow travelers to clean the mountains when we leave? You might have often seen the NGOs and volunteers cleaning the hill stations, beaches, and streets of a gorgeous city. Have you often wondered why they have to take the pain for strangers they will never meet? It is because we all forget our responsibility to be a sustainable traveler. Let us learn how we can support the environment while leading our regular lives, as well as while traveling to any place in the world.
The easiest thing to do
Plastic is the biggest culprit when it comes to harming the environment. Just by cutting down on buying a plastic water bottle, you can save hundreds of lives at present and in future as well. You can buy a trendy BPA-free water bottle or a thermos to carry hot or cold water so that you do not have to buy a pet bottle whenever you feel thirsty. You can refill the bottle wherever you find filtered free water, which is plenty in many countries. Doing your little bit can save a million creatures, which are invisible to the naked eye.
Carry a few utensils
Ditch a few unnecessary things from your luggage and add a steel spoon, a lightweight plate, a fork, and a glass to eat and drink whatever you want on your road trip. Most disposable utensils, including straws, are used only once, but they take many centuries to decompose. Don’t you think it is a considerable burden on the environment to bear when we throw away that plastic straw, glass, spoon, and plate every time we eat or drink something? If a straw seems necessary for your beverage experience, you may carry a bamboo or metal straw, the expense of which is much lesser than the impact of our Mother Earth.
Avoid buying things wrapped in plastic
You may feel like a maniac who does not eat anything that comes packaged in plastic, but it is necessary to set live examples for everyone who meets or sees you doing things. Rather than buying the chips packed in plastic wrappers, you may purchase anything that a local vendor sells. Many countries sell foods boxed in environment-friendly packing. It may not be possible for you to avoid food packed in plastic entirely, but you can at least make an effort to do so.
Being eco-friendly may be a little costly at times, but it is worth every penny to spend that money on toiletries that do not harm the environment. The plastic bottles of the shampoos and conditioners are big offenders in creating a substandard living place for our future generations. You may buy toiletries that are packaged in glass or metal containers. Solid shampoo and conditioner bars are also available in various cities while you travel.
If you keep your eyes open, you will find many substitutes to unnatural elements such as plastic. Just for once, think about the way people lived when plastic was not invented. They used disposable utensils made of leaves, bottles made of glass, and consumables made of eco-friendly ingredients. No one is asking you to live the olden way of life, but we can adopt a lifestyle that creates a better place to live for our successors.