At TLC Sri Lanka, we love being able to share our passion & experience of this incredible destination, but we also recognise our responsibility to reduce the impact we have on the planet.
“Buy less, choose well.”
– Vivienne Westwood, Fashion Designer
With this in mind, what a great simple concept we can all bear in mind going through our day to day lives. Even when we travel we can think sustainably. Wikipedia defines “Sustainable tourism” as “the concept of visiting a place as a tourist and trying to make only a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy.”
Here are our top tips on how we can all do our bit for the environment while we travel:
Stocking up on your holiday items
- Zero Waste Toiletries (https://andkeep.com/collections/shampoo-conditioner-bars)
When you’re away you can minimise your environmental impact by sourcing some really fab toiletries before you leave. Try and find non-toxic and cruelty-free options. Or visit a bring your own shop refilling your shampoo and shower gel bottles to reduce plastic waste. Or how about a a shampoo bar for zero plastic & lighter luggage!
2. Try a Biodegradable Toothbrush (https://andkeep.com/collections/toothbrush)
In the UK an estimated 264 million toothbrushes are thrown away every year. Plus horrifying as it is, plastic toothbrushes take over 400 years to biodegrade!
The new style biodegradable brushes are the thing!! Perhaps one made by bamboo. You can find stylish, ergonomically designed, ones and in funky colours. (See this nice looking one in pink!) When your brush needs replacing you can place the old one in the bin & all but the bristles will biodegrade (you can find some with bristles biodegrade too).
3. Buy Pre-Loved – Clothes & Shoes
Going on holiday is an exciting time and it’s normal to take the opportunity to buy a few extra bits & pieces for your trip, new swimwear, beachwear or sandals. If you aren’t already a lover of buying second-hand, then why not try a few charity shops or second-hand websites. You can grab a quality bargain and know you are reusing something rather than buying something brand new. Sandals are easy to find on sites like eBay and there are designer brands, some of them hardly worn, for a fraction of the price of new.
4. Use Second Hand Luggage & Reusable Bags
Unless you live for designer luggage, then like most of us, finding travel gear is more of a means to an end.
There are excellent luggage items to be found in second-hand shops or online. They will only get battered around when they pass through the airport anyway, or alternatively, you could borrow one from family or friends.
5. Ocean-friendly Suntan Lotion
Many sunscreens contain chemicals which can have a harmful effect on the environment with estimates suggesting 25% of the sunscreen ingredients we apply ending up in the water. By choosing mineral-based sunscreens with a high protection factor, they are great for people with sensitive skin, but they are also kinder on marine life and delicate coral.
6. Reusable Cutlery & Drinking Straws (https://andkeep.com/collections/reusable-straws/products/bamboo-cutlery-set-in-jute-pouch)
We are made to feel guilty now by having a drink with a straw. What was such an innocent pleasure, now makes us feel bad. But you need worry no more! Relax and enjoy your drinks poolside with your own reusable straw. I found this really cute pack with its own carry case, it comes with beautifully made fork, knife & spoon set, a sleek reusable bamboo straw and its very own cleaning brush. Think how much less plastic you’ll be throwing away in your lifetime with this set.
7. Solar Powered Phone Charger
If going on your travels and running out of battery power is your worst nightmare, how about this? A high speed solar powered charger provides enough power to charge two devices simultaneously. All you need is a bit of sun and you are away! And it’s more eco-friendly by not using electricity.
8. Say No To Plastic – Use Reusable Water Bottles & Coffee Cups On The Go
We use 13 billion plastic bottles every year in the UK, with only 7.5 billion recycled. Going travelling? Think about how many bottles of water you’d throw away during your trip?!? I’d rather not. Check before you travel if it’s safe to drink the tap water where you are going. If it is then why not take your own reusable bottle and top up before you head out for the day. (Just make sure it’s empty when you go to the airport and on your flight). Or where tap water is not drinkable, ask your hotel, as most of our properties use large bottles of safe water you can fill your bottles from, or it might need sterilising before you drink it.
Coffee On the Go (https://uk.keepcup.com/)
Even on holiday, we all love a coffee. Why not invest in your own reusable coffee for your travels and reduce waste and our impact on the environment.
Let’s leave a good footprint on this world, rather than one of pollution & plastic!
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