Plastic Free July Edition
At home, here in Boise, I work hard to reduce our plastic foot-print. I’ve cut out most of our single-use plastic; the next challenge is keeping the same habits when traveling.
A road trip is way easier to ensure we are not succumbing to the siren sound of convenience. For our travels to Bend, Portland and throughout Idaho and beyond I do a bit of prep work ahead of time to make sure we have utensils, snacks, re-usable coffee/tea cups and our Hydro-Flasks for water.
We typically rent a VRBO with a full kitchen so, before hitting the road, I prepare a couple of meals and snacks at home. I also will bring ingredients for a few other meals. I try to make meals that can double for breakfast or lunch. Usual suspects include: butternut squash risotto, chili or soup, muffins and bread for peanut butter/walnut butter sandwiches, fruit, granola, hummus and cut up veggies.
Flying takes a bit more resolve. It helps that it has become easier to move through security with some food items. I pack my water bottle (empty) you can fill up at the water fountain/bottle re-filling stations in most airports and the flight attendants will give you a partial refill as well. I usually make and bring a walnut/peanut/almond butter sandwich, crunchy snack and an apple. I also pack a cloth napkin, stainless straw and a set of utensils. I am much happier not having to eat the expensive, unhealthy airport food.
It DOES take some planning and effort, but in the end it makes traveling easier and a bit greener. (Yes, I know that traveling has a HUGE carbon footprint but let’s start with the easier to grasp single use plastic issue).
Tips & Resources
- Anne-Marie Bonneau, Zero Waste Chef
- Bring your re-usable bags when you shop for any and everything.
- Think twice about the plastic produce bags. Do your bananas really need to be in a plastic bag????? If your store sells mushrooms in bulk use the paper bags for your mushrooms and other produce as necessary.
- Give up that little plastic water bottle!
- Use and re-purpose what you have.
- Shop thrift stores first.
- Shop at your local farmers market.
- Buy in bulk when/where you can.
- Search Zero Waste on Google
- Plastic Free July
- How to Start the Journey to Zero Waste Living
- Mindful consumption and 5 Mantras for the Journey to Zero Waste
- Roots Zero Waste Grocery Store and Cafe opens in Boise in Aug!