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Many cities and businesses across the US have recently banned plastic straws. Plastic is increasingly not being recycled at all, and making its way into the ocean and landfills instead. I trying to do my part to limit my own use of single-use plastics, when traveling and at home. When I travel I always bring my reusable water bottle. I also bring a reusable bag that I can take to grocery stores and other shops I go to.
Shawn Miller, a photographer who was recently featured in National Geographic magazine, has this to say: “Murasaki [the crab pictured below] is using a white plastic cap as a temporary home. Plastic continues to wash on our beautiful shorelines. Plastic is having an massive impact on our beaches and the animals that call it home. This is a minute amount of trash I picked up on a local beach. This was only fifteen minutes of beach combing. Most common items washed on our shorelines are lighters, caps, pet bottles, toothbrushes, razors, Styrofoam, spoons, and rope. This week alone we have found twelve crabs with beach trash homes.”
Here are 4 Easy Ways That You Can Outsmart the Plastic Straw Ban and Be a More Eco-Conscious Traveler
1. Invest in a Reusable Bottle
I have a Klean Kanteen bottle that I’ve used for the past several years, and these bottles are nearly indestructible. I love how easy they are to clean, and how much more environmentally friendly they are. You can purchase them on the Kleen Kanteen website.
2. Bring a Reusable Tote Bag
I stash several reusable tote bags in my car for when I go grocery shopping, and bring at least one when I travel. We’ve designed some limited-edition Million Mile Secrets tote bags. Comment below if you like them!
3. Get Reusable Straws
If you really like sipping from straws, buy a few reusable ones that you can bring with you. Klean Kanteen sells these straws that come with a cleaning brush.
It’s easy to do simple things to reduce plastic waste and take care of the environment, both at home and on the go. Invest in a reusable bottle, bring straws when traveling, and use a tote bag–these are just a few ideas.
What do you do to cut down on waste in your at home life, and when traveling? Share with us in the comments below! And let us know what you think of our Million Mile Secrets “Mountain Adventure” limited edition tote bags!