Happy World Refill Day! Join us and millions of other people all over the world to reduce the number of single-use plastics ending up in landfills. At Alpha, sustainability is close to our hearts and we work hard to advocate eco-tourism through our travel insurance brand. That way our customers can enjoy visiting new parts of the world while protecting and looking after the planet.
For World Refill Day, we’re sharing 5 reusable travel essentials to help you explore more sustainably. Keep reading to get your suitcase packed and ready for an eco-friendly holiday that will reduce waste, save money and make your travels more efficient.
Be prepared for your next trip by packing water bottles and flasks. With most facilities providing free tap water and some cities even having local refill points, you can top up on fresh water, keep hydrated and save yourself money. And if you’re looking to take it up another notch, there are a number of different companies that sell eco-friendly travel cups made from recycled materials like stainless steel, glass and recycled plastics.
Along with your water bottles and flasks, packing reusable straws and utensils means you can visit cafes, coffee shops and bars without using their single-use plastic ones. That way, you will reduce the amount of plastic waste that the company accumulates and help save the planet. It’s better for everyone!
There isn’t much point in taking reusables around in a plastic bag, right? Reusable shopping bags are a great essential for travelling and keeps you from racking up on unneeded single-use plastics. You can now also find foldable canvas style bags made from recycled materials, so you easily shop while on holiday knowing you have one handy at all times. Plus, you don’t have to rely on the flimsy plastic bags to carry your belongings.
Bonus Tip: Be even more sustainable by buying local and shopping at small businesses when abroad. That way you’re funding smaller organisations that have a less harmful production, fewer manufacturing processes and helping to reduce your overall carbon footprint at the same time.
When travelling, it’s easy to get carried away when buying toiletries. A good rule of thumb is to take what you already own in small reusable travel bottles before buying new. If you do end up buying more, why not opt for shampoo, conditioner and body wash bars to avoid bulky packaging taking up space in your luggage.
With the price of most things increasing, buying essentials like face and body wipes can end up costing more than desired. Why not save yourself some of your well-earned coins by packing wash cloths that you can use over and over again? For those who wear make-up, you can now find reusable make-up sponges that easily removes makeup with warm water. Helping you to cut back on the number of belongings you need and buying wipes, cotton pads and make-up remover.
With these five tips you can travel more sustainably, reduce your carbon footprint and limit single-use plastics from ending up in landfills and negatively impacting our environment. To help us share the importance of World Refill Day and looking after the planet share this blog post with your friends and family so they can save money, make conscious choices and become a more sustainable traveller.
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