Travel For Change is a wonderful community that aims to work together to collectively share helpful ways that you can travel sustainably and ethically.
Plastic. Why does it STILL matter? Plastic isn't going away anytime soon. Consumer demand for Eco-friendly alternatives is growing; but we have a way to go. Recently, an article published in National Geographic stated that plastic trash flowing into the sea may triple by 2040 if we don't make drastic changes fast!
Plastic pollution can be found on every beach in the world
Every day around 8 million pieces of plastic make their way into the ocean
1 plastic bottle can last over 450 years
40% off all plastic packaging is made for single-use
Half the plastic manufactured in the world is made in Asia
Less than 1/5 of all plastic is ever recycled
Check out three of my favourite wanderers who have all taught me something unique about Eco-friendly travel. Jessie, Amy and Fee have very different travel backgrounds and experiences, but what unifies them is their passion for the planet and their love for exploring the world.
Amy shares with us her thoughts on sustainable travel, such as using homemade natural deodorant and shopping products with as little negative impact on the mother nature. There is nothing better than organic; good for you and good for the planet.
1 - In your own words what does Eco-friendly travel mean to you?
Eco-travel for me is maintaining awareness and consciousness of my effect on the environment wherever I go and this includes single use plastic and chemical waste.
I also feel it includes making a positive impact on the locations I travel. I do this by volunteering my skills and knowledge or supporting the local economy by eating and buying locally.
2 - What Eco-friendly trends have you embraced or swapped on your travels?
I made the switch to natural soaps, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant many years ago. I travel with my homemade deodorant and use Dr. Bronner’s soap for my body and hair. I made this chemical free change due to my readings on the negative effect things such as sodium lauryl sulphate has on our bodies and the environment. It turns out that we absorb it through our skin, which is worse than drinking it, as it can affect our waterways and soil. I like to think everywhere I go in the world I am not washing these chemicals in to the waterways or putting it into my own body.
3 - Do you prefer to use a reusable water bottle?
I would much prefer to use my own reusable bottle, but honestly during most of my travels I have bought bottled water due to not always being able to refill with filtered water. In some cases, this was the safest bet. On my next travels I plan on purchasing a filtered water bottle, so I will be able to fill up anywhere and know that I am drinking safe water. 4 - Do you have any plastic free travel essentials that you would recommend to other travellers?
I would recommend the water bottle with a filter in it and also bamboo toothbrushes are great because they are biodegradable. 5 - What plastic items do you find the hardest to swap for Eco friendly versions?
The hardest thing I have found is take away containers and throw away plates and cutlery because I have never travelled with my own containers. It is my goal for future travel. I also struggle to avoid plastic bags in many locations as they are still used in many ways everywhere you go.
Jessie has always been an incredible supporter of this community and is very encouraging when it comes to sustainable, honest, travel. Jessie shares with us some of her personal tips for reducing plastic by using what we already own, recycling and purchasing sustainable products as needed.