As we become more aware of the effects we have on the planet around us everyday, it's good to know there are lots of easy ways in order to cut our negative impacts and reduce our global footprints.
One great way is make good choices in the way we shop, the foods we eat and our day to day activities. We can use ethical companies, reduce or cut out fish, seafood and meat from our diets, watch our water consumption (simply turning off the tap while you brush your teeth can make a difference!) and make small but important changes in all aspects of our lives. However, for many people changing lots of things in their lives in one go can be a bit daunting.
Something Mike and I really noticed traveling round was how much plastic got used once, then thrown out when we stayed in hotels and ate out, from plastic single use cutlery to straws in every drink. Here at least it is easy to make a big difference; we often go shopping right before we go on holiday somewhere, so Mike and I have put together this page of photo links to useful items that are eco friendly and easy to pack, plus some great links to campaigns promoting green solutions to the growing issue of waste and pollution.
We made this list of products we thought were pretty cool, if you want to buy them, just click on the photos and it will take you to them on amazon. (We do make a small commission on these, which helps us fund our this website). All of the items below have been recommended to us by friends or we have used ourselves.
In the kitchen and at the bar:
It's easy to just ask for no straw, but if you don't want to give up straws or disposable cutlery at parties there are greener alternatives:
A brilliant and totally hassle free way to reduce huge amounts of plastic bottles going to landfill is to carry your own water bottle with you, which also works out great for hiking trips, on dive boats, kayaking or just out at the gym.
Some coffee shops will give you discount prices for bringing your own cup, reducing cardboard waste and single use plastic waste.
Beeswax paper makes a great alternative for food storage when used for pack lunches or in place on clingfilm/ plastic wrap. As are reusable bags.
Natural fibre cleaning cloths and sponges, re-useable paper towels:
Forth Element have also recently brought out a new line of swimwear made from recycled old ghost fishing nets, which is pretty cool and also very comfy! And a San Diego company is trying to reduce the amount of old flip flops found on beaches and shores around the world by making some from biodegradable algae.
Some good links concerning plastic waste
Many of you have probably seen the recent video footage of the garbage patch of plastic in Honduras on FB or YouTube. Having lived in Honduras for 2 years, we have seen patches like this and it's not all that uncommon anymore. Hopefully by using some of these alternatives, we can produce less waste and have cleaner oceans.