I have been making an effort to try and minimise my waste. In the last year or so I have been really conscious about what I am using and how often things end up in the rubbish after just one use. I really notice this with food & drink items as I’m often out and about or eating on the run. Having been caught out so many times without my stainless steel straw or reusable cup I decided to pull together this little kit to throw in my bag and I have to say it’s been a lifesaver on many occasions!
Here are my 'Waste Free Kit' essentials:
Reusable Coffee Cup
Coffee on the run is my lifesaver and I can’t be without my KeepCup! Whether you drink a double shot flat white or a peppermint tea make sure you bring your own cup. Add up how many takeaway cups you would use per week, it’s a no brainer swap to keep rubbish out of landfill.
Reusable Stainless Steel Straw
Not a necessity but who doesn’t love drinking a smoothie from a stainless steel straw! Say no to a straw next time you order a drink and feel the satisfaction of using your own. Carry a couple and next time you're out share yours with a friend!
String Shopping Bags
This is my must have, refusing plastic bags is one of the simplest ways to minimise your waste. Not only great for the supermarket but for whatever you are buying. And with more and more retailers getting on board to ban the plastic bag, the best way not to get caught short is to keep a few cotton reusable bags in the car and your bag for unexpected stops.
With any food or drink on the run there can often be a little mess! I love to have a cotton napkin on hand, pop in the wash and reuse plus it's a little bit nicer then using a rough paper napkin. I love my one from NZ based homeware shop Bohome and Roam or make your own with some fabric.
Handy for all sorts of meals and snacks the Spork is my personal fave, a spoon and a fork in one. Ideal for anything from salads to soups to noodles. Or pop to your local Op Shop and find some preloved cutlery.
I have re-purposed a lovely linen drawstring bag that I got, you could also use a produce bag or bulk bin bag depending on how much you need to carry. Or if you are creative make one from an old pillow case or tea towel into a little carry bag!
Every little change we can all make will add up to make a difference! What items do you make sure you have on you when you are on the go?