How to Outsmart the Plastic Straw Ban and Be a More Eco-Conscious Traveler

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How to Outsmart the Plastic Straw Ban and Be a More Eco-Conscious Traveler

EmilyHow to Outsmart the Plastic Straw Ban and Be a More Eco-Conscious TravelerMillion Mile Secrets Team

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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.”

Murasaki, a Blueberry Hermit Crab, Has Made This Bottle Cap Its Temporary Home

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.

Klean Kanteens Can Last For Years

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!

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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.

These Straws Come in Fun Colors

Bottom Line

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!

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Great ideas here from both of you! I’d change the title from Ban to Problem, as we’re supporting and expanding on the ban. Also, re ycle as much as posdible and purchase recycled products so that recyclers have the financial incentive.

Oh boy, my passion! Well, of course I use my own bottle and bags, and yes, I have steel reusable straws!

At home, I use the “no poo method” to wash my hair, which involves baking soda wash with apple cider vinegar rinse. When traveling, I use a shampoo bar which can be found at lots of online retailers, but I like Chagrin Valley best because they don’t use any plastic packaging. ( I use regular bar soap instead of body wash, skipping those plastic bottles. I buy it from a local shop that wraps it in tissue paper, thus also supporting local businesses. I use Uncle Harry’s toothpaste that comes in a glass jar. I use a bamboo toothbrush.

For the kitchen, I do dishes with a wash cloth instead of a disposable sponge. I get dish soap in my own jar from Mom’s Organic store. I have cloth produce bags for shopping and I to only buy loose produce rather than anything wrapped in plastic or foam. I buy eggs from a neighbor and bring back my cartons so they’re reused.

For laundry, I use powdered detergent that comes in a cardboard box, but Mom’s Organic does sell liquid detergent in bulk so you can bring your own container (they also have honey, olive oil, vinegar, and tons of dry goods like beans and pasta). In the dryer, I use wool dryer balls with essential oils instead of dryer sheets, which are made of plastic.

The most important way to be sustainable and ditch plastic is unfortunately to give things up. You can also contact companies and encourage them to use more sustainable packaging, and there are groups like Terracycle that find ways to upcycle things that aren’t typically recyclable, like chip bags, snack bar wrappers, and make up packaging.

Good luck!


These are great additions, thank you! As a mom, I look for ways to use less as well. We have reusable cloth wipes with a homemade coconut oil based cleanser (she’s never had diaper rash and they are so much easier to remove than traditional wipes). I’m also trying to potty train her at 11 months old by using elimination communication and split crotch pants.