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August 15, 2018

How to Travel Plastic Free

Your flights are booked, your plans are set the only thing left to do is pack your bags and go. Are you considering packing items that will help you travel plastic free?

no plastic bottles

 

What to pack:

  • Reusable water bottle - Read on below for tips on how to find ways to refill in countries where the tap water is not safe to drink
  • Coffee keep cup - You’re on vacation, so chances are you have a lot more time to sit and drink that coffee rather than take-away but if you’re worried you might want to take it on the go then by all means pack you’re reusable coffee cup
  • Reusable bag - By bringing your own bag shopping you’re avoiding plastic bags that can take up to 1,000 years to break down and you’re setting an example by spreading the message on reusing and refusing plastic
  • Bamboo Cutlery &  Straw- Planes can be one of the worst culprits for plastic waste. Bring your own cutlery and straws to enjoy your foreign delicacies without the disposable plastic cutlery

What to do if the tap water isn't safe to drink?

Depending on your destination it can seem difficult to avoid buying plastic water bottles, but not impossible. Not all countries are as lucky as Australia to enjoy clean and safe drinking water, which means tourists often turn to buying multiple plastic bottles to stay hydrated. So while it may seem like your Water3 bottle or other reusable water bottle won’t be useful in places like South East Asia or South America, there is a way around it.

Most guesthouses, backpackers and hotels often offer free refills. You may sometimes have to pay, however it's always a lesser amount than what you would have had to pay for a plastic water bottle anyway. And it saves yet another plastic bottle from being purchased. Local restaurants will also often have filtered water they can refill for you, just make sure you keep your trusty reusable water bottle with you. You can also look into buying UV light filters that will sterilise the water by using ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and viruses and make drinking water safe.

Take a look at how the locals get water. Locals generally don’t drink tap water but they don’t guzzle down spring water from plastic bottles either. Often markets and convenience stores will have big drums of treated water upwards of 10L they sell to locals, so you just need to ask around. Sometimes these drums are also returnable so they get reused which is even better! Even if you’re staying in a place for just a couple of days you’ll be at surprised how much water you do go through.

When in doubt ask around. Yes it requires a little more effort to look for an alternative but that alternative will save a lot of plastic entering our oceans and choking our marine life.

Water3 offers travel friendly water bottles that won't take up all the space in your bag, are stainless steel so won't smash and have a very handy handle to hold onto while you're exploring the world. Not too mention they're insulated, keeping your water cool for up to 12 hours. Grab your Water3 stainless steel insulated water bottle for your travels by ordering online here

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