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I am super excited for this blog. This past weekend, we found ourselves headed out to a basketball game, college, CU Buffs, for those who were curious (Go Buffs) and we became entangled in a conversation about our footprint and how we can reduce it.
I am completely ashamed to admit that we seem to acquire an unnecessary amount of trash when we are at home. A lot of it has to do with our obsession with ordering online, we love Amazon and the delivery drivers practically know us by name but we are trying to do better. Ordering more items at a time and picking the box at checkout that says, ship together if available, that sort of thing.
One thing that I would really like to move away from is plastic bags. Our local grocery store, part of the largest chain the country, has declared that by 2025, they will remove al plastic bags from the chain. While we applaud that effort, we want to do something now and I am trying to figure out how I can still order online but eliminate our plastic bag usage, stay tuned.
One place where I feel we do our part in reducing our footprint is when we travel. Here are some of the ways that we are able to travel as frequently as we do and be environmentally conscious at the same time.
Embrace the Refillable Toiletry Containers.
When Disney made the move toward refillable toiletries in the showers at their resorts a lot of people were upset. Not us! We love it. Especially because people tend to hoard them and take them home where they sit in a drawer, forgotten for decades until you get that itch to clean out that particular area and come across your mad stash of travel sized toiletries from a trip you’ve long since forgotten.
Don’t get offended, you do it too. People rarely actually use those toiletries they stash and take home and if you do, good on you but how much plastic are you wasting? We donate them to a local center for the homeless that provides free showers to their guests so at least they are getting use but I could just as easily go buy a giant container of shampoo, conditioner and body wash and donate that. The travel sized toiletries are wasteful. Bottom line.
If you are so gung ho that you need that H20 shampoo in your life, buy some reusable containers, fill them up in the showers at the resorts and voila, H20 to go. You do not need those tiny, wasteful containers to live your best life.
We love the festivals. Some of our favorite things to do at Walt Disney World is visit the festivals which means we eat a lot of food. At each kitchen we order at, we realized we were getting new plastic cutlery. Then we were finished, we were tossing that cutlery in the trash. The actual trash because the recylcing receptacles at Disney Parks are only for bottles and cans not other plastics.
I was searching Amazon (of course) and came across this little pouch full of bamboo cutlery. The order came with two pouches that velcro shut and included a carabeaner that I could easily attach to our backpack.
Inside each pouch is a knife, fork, spoon and straw. Each item is made of bamboo and perfect for travel and eating on the go. In our resort is a little container of dish soap (deluxe resorts but you can purchase it at other resorts as well) and each evening I wash the cutlery for the next day.
These wonderful little travel pouches are perfect for us. We can travel from booth to booth, sampling different items and cut back on our waste by bringing our own cutlery.
This is something that we take with us wherever we travel and even at home. We keep a set in our cars for coffee runs or when we grab an iced tea somewhere. Places like Disney are moving away from plastic straws, which we are all for. However, those paper straws are not our cup of tea so we got our own.
Thesereusable strawscome with their own little container to keep the gunk off of them and also a cleaner. Whenever we hit up a Starbucks or purchase a beverage, we just pull out either our bamboo straw or our silicone straw and voila! Perfect, portable straw that doesn’t kill the ocean or our planet. Win win.
Bringing Our Own Water Bottle!
Water is a constant in my life. I rarely go more than 30 or so minutes without it, I drink it all day long. When we travel, I still want my water but I am not trying to purchase plastic water bottles that I will just toss after I chug it. We bring our own bottles wherever we go.
Especially in Disney, water is a must. We refill our water bottles upwards of ten times a day. If we were purchasing single use bottles, I can’t even imagine that damage that would do to the oceans and landfills.
Disney is doing their part but installing water bottle refilling stations throughout the parks and we hope that this is a trend that is on the rise with more destinations, hotels and more installing these stations and selling fewer bottles.
We carry our bottles in our backpack. If I don’t want to take the large backpack, we bring a smaller bottle that we can still refill but that fits in my mini backpack.
Decline the Bag for Goodies!
We try to purchase most of our souveniers at the end of the night or as we head back to our hotel so we don’t have to lug them around all day. If they fit in our backpack, we bypass the plastic bag given to you at Disney merchandise locations and just stuff the item in our bag. If we have already purchased something and received a bag for whatever reason, we don’t get a new bag, we just put the new item in the first bag. Easy peasy.
Those are just some of the ways that we try to decrease our footprint when we travel. There are so many things you can do to be mindful of waste especially when traveling. Stay tuned for more ideas and suggestions as we find them.
Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.