Summer is a time of whimsy, fun, and often lots of traveling. Being on the go and trying to not work so hard can mean that your green sensibilities go right out the window the way some people toss their fast food bags as they cruise down the highway.
Certainly you won’t become a summertime litterbug, but it can’t be denied that theme parks, stadiums, fairs and concerts generate some massive piles of garbage in the name of recreation. If that’s where you’re headed, here are some quick tips to make sure you can have fun and take good care of the earth while you play.
You can create less waste by avoiding:
- Single serving snack packaging: Make your own or buy normal sizes and split into reusable containers.
- Disposable cups and straws: Bring your own and ask if you can use it at restaurants and gas stations. Better yet, drink water in reusable bottles.
- Theme park and zoo maps: Harness the power of technology. Can you get the park map on your phone? Added bonus – no folding involved, either!
- Paper towels in the restroom: Commit to using the blow dryers or air drying if they’re not available. It is summer, after all.
- Wasted food: If you have kids, let them know up front that everyone might not be allowed to order their own meal. Splitting and being realistic about portions needed not only saves you money, but sets a good example about planning ahead to avoid waste.
Photo by Mrs. Bennettar
Sometimes, such as at a baseball game when you’re not allowed to bring your own food, the waste issue is out of your hands. Don’t worry too much about buying a snack at a game if it’s something you want to do anyway, but you can always make priorities like avoiding Styrofoam and shooting for the sweet treat in cardboard packaging instead.
As you pack snacks for the road when you are fully in charge, take an additional step and try to use eco-friendly bags. I recently wrote some more tips for traveling without plastic that you might find helpful.
What other tips do you have for traveling in eco-friendly style?