It’s summer vacation! If you travel, don’t forget to take your earth-friendly, sustainable practices with you. Wherever you go, remember to reduce, reuse, and recycle. With a little bit of planning, you can make a big difference in the amount of waste you produce while traveling. Here are some suggestions to get you starting on making your vacation green:
- Bring a water bottle! – Stay hydrated with reusable water bottles so you don’t have to buy bottled water.
- Bring snacks in reusable containers – Traveling often requires snacks on the go. It may be tempting to buy individually packaged snacks, but you’re probably also buying non-recyclable packaging. Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, it’s easy to bring snacks like trail mix and vegetables in reusable containers. It’s not only a more sustainable option, but a cheaper one as well.
- Use reusable travel toiletries bottles – Travel sized toiletries waste a lot of plastic. When flying, carry your toiletries in TSA-friendly reusable travel bottles.
- Keep a recyclables bag – If you’re going on a road trip or camping, keep a bag for recyclables in the car. If there are no recycling bins on your stops, bring the bag back with you and empty it in your curbside bin.
- Learn the local recycling system – Take note of the local recycling rules where you’re traveling and make sure to follow them.
Get information on recycling in King County here.
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