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Ways to Help You Reduce Plastic While Traveling

Saturday, January 27, 2018
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There are many ways in reducing plastic while traveling. By doing so, you create a more sustainable lifestyle and play a role in preserving the beautiful places you visit as a traveler. Here are 20 ways to help you reduce plastic while traveling the world.

GIVE UP BOTTLED WATER

Get a reusable stainless steel bottle, or stainless steel travel mug, fill it up with water before leaving the house, and refill it wherever you happen to be. If you are in Europe, chances are the tap water is cleaner than any bottled water especially in Scandinavia. I don’t recommend reusable plastic or aluminum bottles. Plastic may leach chemicals into the water and aluminum bottles are lined with an epoxy resin, some of which has also found to leach into water depending on the brand. By doing so, you are eliminating plastic from your footsteps into the country.

CARRY RE-USABLE UTENSILS

By carrying your own utensils, you save on using plastic forks or spoons if you are a street food lover. Also, a great way to cut down on plastics if you are sailing. I remember I learned this years back while sailing and ever since, despite not being a street food adventurer, I still carry my own spoon with me in case!

ICE CREAM CONE VS CUP

You are going to LOVE this one! It’s a cute and simple idea. Maybe the extra calories but still better than using a plastic paper cup and plastic spoons!

PAPER BAGS OR NO BAGS AT ALL

Groceries stores and pharmacies are one of the most consumers of plastic bags! Be mindful on using the plastic bags. Instead, opt for paper bags, bring your own, or say no. Pharmacies are also the worst! They provide you with a plastic bag even on the smallest purchase. Drop it. You don’t need it! Remember, this eventually ends up in the sea and into your food.

BRING YOUR OWN HEADPHONES

When flying, you are presented (in some airlines) headphones that come in plastic bags. Bring your own headphones. Save those bags.

WHEN ON AN ISLAND, RECYCLE

When on an island, always make sure you recycle. First option try going sustainable on your hotel, if that does not work for any reason, then always be mindful on using straws that can harm turtles and sharks, plastic bags, bottles and any plastic related items. 

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Our season starts this September with different groups traveling with @dennisstever and I to Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland! 
We have also released our travel dates for 2020 and with new destinations too and new experiences. I hope you can join us!! Click the link in my bio to learn more or follow @travelwithtjd for updates!
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Thank you for showing me my true strength... Not only physical strength, but more importantly mental strength.
Thank you for allowing me to let go... Whenever I feel I need a break from the world, your shala is the first place I run to... and when I’m away, it’s the first place I think of when I practice on my own, miles away. The sound of my breathing alone, takes me back to the exact spot where I place my mat... and I’m fully transported back to the stillness and awareness. 
Thank you for giving me a safe place to seek connection & allowing me to breathe... when I’m at my most vulnerable, you’ve made it ok for my tears to roll down my face in Savasana or during a posture, open up and just be me without any judgement. 
Thank you for offering so much of yourself to allow me to grow through my practice... Thank you for teaching me the true meaning of yoga, how to practice not only on the mat, but off the mat too... Yoga is a natural state of mind and not whether or not you can touch your toes. 
The light in me honors the light in you. Happy New moon 
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