As avid travellers, we have become accustomed to constantly moving from place to place without a real concept of ‘home life’. For many of us, sustainable travel is important and more than just a hashtag or trend. We passionately care about the planet and the future of our Mother Earth.
So how can we transition our Eco-friendly travel habits to our current lifestyle at home, during and after, the global pandemic? The good news is that you are already on the right path and for anyone new to Eco-friendly living; welcome! Here are a few simple suggestions to help you start!
Living out of a backpack certainly is a unique lifestyle. For the most part, we are thinking of our next mode of transport or where we will sleep for the coming days. So, what do we do when we now find ourselves with a home base? How can we remain sustainable just like we aim to do on the road?
Every backpacker is used to grabbing some delicious street food on the way out for the day, having coffee in a cosy cafe or meeting friends at the night market for a late night meal! We sleep in a room that has been prepared for us, we share a communal space and just go with the flow.
The responsibility of our Eco-friendly travel often relates to the personal products we choose to use and bring with us. Many of us have already transitioned to reusable cups, bottles, cutlery and bags. Interested? Let's take a moment to see what else can be done from home.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
No matter where you are in the world, finding a vegan option is easier than ever before. Vegan cafes and restaurants are popping up all over the place! It really is an exciting part of travelling in 2020 with more ways to eat healthy and affordable food available. Check this adorable vegan travel book by Lonely Planet available in an e-book to save on paper!
Plant-based cooking is simple and healthy. If you are shopping for everyday essential food items, you might be surprised at how much money you can save and the meals you can create. For cooking inspiration from humble ingredients, the beautifully written book Hummus will sit perfectly on any coffee table. Cooking simple affordable vegan meals from around the world is a wonderful way to feel like you are 'travelling from home!
Buy Eco-Friendly Products
An amazing variety of Eco-friendly products are available on the market and the best part is that they are affordable! A cleaning product for your home that is friendly to the earth and your health is a wonderful way to remain as sustainable as possible whilst living at home.
Check out the following ideas and try and order local whenever possible to support small businesses and our community members via their online stores. Most of these suggestions are simple ideas that you can do just by choosing the most environmentally friendly option when you shop. By choosing plastic-free products you are already making a positive choice.
Shampoo bars This brand is vegan and cruelty free plus each purchase helps a person on the street take a shower with their mobile bathrooms The Right To Shower
Stainless steel reusable razor set for couples
Eco Bamboo toothbrushes
Unbleached recycled bath tissue
Grocery Shopping Ideas
Reusable fabric bags
Reusable produce bags
Reusable coffee cup
Beeswax reusable food wraps
Linen bread bags
Biodegradable bin liners
Shop local whenever you can and support small businesses during this time. Create new DIY projects and reuse and recycle as much as you can. By choosing to shop online via Eco-Friendly stores you are making a valuable commitment to the planet during this time when we are all at home taking care of each other.
Shop Online & Support Local
Be inspired to share your ideas - Many of these Eco-friendly products can be purchased online and delivered via sustainable stores such as Beeco.
Don't be afraid to try something new
Pay it forward with a coffee
Cook a plant-based meal for a friend
Gift a reusable coffee cup to a loved one
Bring blankets & towels to local animal shelters
Donate used books or magazines
Create A Calm Space At Home
Staying inside, in one place, is certainly important for everyone at this time. However, this does not mean for wandering souls that you cannot transform your living space into an environment that you love working or relaxing in.
Here are a few simple things you can add to your space to create a calm and healthy atmosphere in your home, work or travel space
Lotuscraft Cork Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat
Laura Ashley Mini Essential Portable Essential Oil Diffuser
Vegan Leather Travel Page-A-Day Journal
When you start to travel again you can bring your yoga mat, portable oil diffuser and travel journal with you.
Recycle & Reuse
Depending on your current location and living situation, your options for recycling may be limited which is understandable. Here are some ideas for the home that you might like to try or keep for later.
Recycle what you can
Reuse jars to plant herbs or store food
Compost your organic food waste
Make your own vegetable stock from left over produce
Choosing Eco-friendly and sustainable options whilst staying at home is possible and it is a great challenge to embrace because it benefits not only yourself but the wider community and the planet. There is no better time than the present to embrace change and create a space that you enjoy being in. Cook healthy food, ease your mind with meditation and gardening and support local small businesses.
How many of these simple Eco-friendly choices do you have in your home?
Travel For Change would love to read your feedback, tips and advice on this topic in the comments below. Stay healthy and be kind to one another - remember that we all have a part to play during this time. By adding one sustainable choice to your home you are making a difference to your local community and the environment!
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