Do you travel to school, college or work every day and find that you are spending a small fortune on water, salads, or takeout coffee? As well as high costs, disposable packaging is full of nasty toxins that are bad for your health and the environment. Plastic has toxic properties such as BPA, PVC and polycarbonate – substances which leach chemicals into the water or food it is packaging. Absorbing these chemicals can cause hormonal disruption, increase diabetes, heart diseases + cancer (super scary!)
DETOXIFY your commute with our simple guide to going plastic free! And remember, a few minor changes will bring a lifetime of healthy results!
1-A steel water bottle
This water bottle is BPA free and sustainably manufactured. I LOVE that the bottle cap is made from sustainable bamboo too! Steel is built to last – so this lil investment will allow you to reuse reuse reuse (it could last you years!!) Research suggests that over 267 marine species are now affected by our plastic garbage, crazy, huh? Say goodbye to turning our seas into chemical soup!
2- Steel lunch boxes
Prepare your fresh lunch, nuts and healthy snacks the night before and keep it all fresh in an ECOlunchbox, don’t they look great? At first they may look pricey, but, eating out can get expensive (plus, I LOVE that you can see exactly what is going in your food!) You can buy the one in the picture here or you can have a look at the tri bento lunch boxes here.
3- A flask of your favourite tea!
Fill up your flask with your favorite tea and enjoy a lovely hot cup on your break. In college, a flask of tea kept me going through looong study days in the library. Brain fog? Pour a cup, calm your mind! Using a flask will stop your need to order takeout tea & coffee too. Takeout drinks are mostly served in polystyrene or paper cups with plastic lids which are jammed full of toxic nasties!
4- A knife & fork
Simply pack a knife & fork to eat your freshly prepared meals. It is surprising how many cafes still mostly use plastic cutlery (plastics take 1000s of years to decompose!) Here is a travel bamboo set that we love!
5- A tote bag
You may pick up some groceries on the way home – some milk, lettuce, cucumbers or tomato for lunch the next day. ROLL up a tote bag and carry it with you in your handbag. You will not need to use a plastic carrier bag = better for the environment + for your home space! (I love this Simplify tote bag, do you?)
If you have any tips on plastic free living, tweet us @dreamingreeng!
Love & inspiration,