The more I travel, the more green I become. When you go to third world countries and you see piles of plastic trash being burned with tooth brushes, razors, the straw from the coconut you just drank, tampons, and little conditioners, you start to think twice about your consumption. These are three of little things you can do to go green while traveling, or otherwise, and save you money in the long run!
Moon cup (for the females)
This is a NO BRAINER. One of these cost $40 at its most, and you only have to buy it once. The environmental impact of your tampons and pads is HUGE. An average woman can use up to 17,000 tampons in her lifetime. In the United States, 12 billion pads and 7 billion tampons are disposed of annually. Aside from the tampon, think of that little plastic applicator, all that plastic wrap around it, the chemicals and bleach in the products, and the factory and transport pollution.
The moon cup is the healthy, sanitary and most environmentally friendly option. If you’re traveling through South East Asia, India or any third-world country you will get this wake up call soon enough when you see your trash dumped in the ocean or burned. The moon cup is the top way for females to go green while traveling.
Get the right size, A (before childbirth), B (after childbirth)
How many toothbrushes have you used in your lifetime? I can’t even begin to count. Not to mention the packaging these things come in with that sheet of plastic and cardboard. I’m 23 and I am changing that today. From now on, I’m using bamboo, biodegradable toothbrushes. What an easy way to go green while traveling.
The Life Straw (or Reusable Water Bottle)
An easy way to go green while traveling, check out this life straw it’s unbelievable. Perfect for trekking in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, you name it. It’s on my wish list!
P.S. Stop using straws. When ordering a smoothie or a coconut, anywhere, anytime, remember to say “no straw please”.