5 Ways To Go Green When You Go Anywhr

As an avid diver, I have seen first hand the detrimental effects of our plastic waste on our seas as well as marine life. Earth is made up of 70% water, 30% land and when we run out of space on land to deal with these rubbish, it ends up in the sea.

Close friends and family are aware of my conscious efforts to be environmentally friendly and it rubs off on them to do their part too, no matter how small. They always comment that my wedding invitations will definitely be 100% online since hard copy ones are used once before they are thrown away.

5 Ways To Go Green When You Go Anywhr

Here are some methods I practice while travelling. Yes, it was a helluva hassle at first but once I got used to it, it kind of became second nature. I still practise them even when I am back home! These are all small steps to reduce my own personal carbon footprint but I believe that if everyone were to all take these small steps, it will ultimately make a difference!

I have even slowly influenced several fellow coffee drinkers in the office to take-away our coffee in glass cups instead of styrofoam cups during our daily coffee runs.

1. Bring my own travel sized toiletries

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Store bought travel sized toiletries normally do not allow refills and will have to be thrown away after it is emptied. This eventually adds up to quite a bit of plastic thrown away. I have several travel sized bottles that I use for travelling so I don't need to purchase them off the shelves. Besides, I can fill them up with the shampoo, soap and conditioner that I use daily.

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2. Use a reusable water bottle + straws

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By using a reusable bottle, I can simply refill it from clean water sources wherever available. This will cut down on the need to buy bottled mineral water, which in turn reduces the amount of plastic to be thrown away at the end of my holiday.

I love love love bubble tea and have 2 different sized metal straws to drink from. This replacement for straws works for other drinks that requires a plastic straw (e.g. smoothies, iced drinks). No more turtles with straws stuck in their noses~

3. Ditch single-use Plastics

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I will usually stop vendors from placing my purchased items into plastic bags, especially when it easily fits in my bag.

Furthermore, I bring along my own stash of reused plastic bags, ziplock bags and recyclable bags. It is foldable, doesn't take up much space and comes in handy when shopping. I always make known to vendors before paying that I have my own bag.

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4. Refrain from buying wildlife products

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Some places sell wildlife products for souvenirs such as white corals, shark teeth, and sea turtle shell products... the list is endless. These products are obtained through intentional or natural means. For example, all dead corals are white but not all white corals are dead. There is still a chance of them recovering, only if we leave them in their natural habitat.

I'd say the best way to curb the supply is if there is no demand for it.

5. Take all my rubbish with me

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Singapore is a relatively green country where we have dustbins at almost every corner. We even have dustbins at the top of Bukit Timah Hill. However, that is not the case in most countries around the world. Especially if I am on long treks or hikes, I am often required to bring snacks and meals which often results in unwanted plastic packaging. I would hate to see the route to be filled with rubbish and spoil the hiking experience for others trailing behind. I will collect my rubbish and dispose of it properly after the hike.

As the cliche saying goes “leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but memories”.

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Author: Hui Ee

 
Huiee is Anywhr’s Trip Curator. She has a huge passion for diving and often marvel at the wonders of the underwater world, constantly looking out for great diving destinations wherever she goes. From washing disposable cutlery to reuse, to using metal straws for bubble tea, she will do anything within her means to go green!

Huiee is Anywhr’s Trip Curator. She has a huge passion for diving and often marvel at the wonders of the underwater world, constantly looking out for great diving destinations wherever she goes. From washing disposable cutlery to reuse, to using metal straws for bubble tea, she will do anything within her means to go green!