It saddens me terribly that there is so much plastic in the world, we're leaving our mark on a beautiful planet that younger generations are inheriting with devastating issues. Did you know that it can take up to 1000 years for a plastic bottle to biodegrade? Inspired by Totally Thames Festival, did you know that this month, July is #GoPlasticFree? I've been inspired to put together hints and tips on how you can take care of yourself and the environment with these great travel essentials. Here is what you can do to travel lighter and without plastic.
Packing Without Plastic
It is sad to see how much plastic has accumulated in our oceans. Did you know that plastic has been mainly used in just the last 40 years! With over 8 million metric tons of plastic entering our ocean every year it's an environmental disaster. The "annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans" - The Guardian
Here is how you can make a difference
"If you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't spent a night with a mosquito."
Did you know you can purchase an environmentally friendly wooden toothbrush for the same price as a plastic one? And each brush sold helps a child in need.
Instead of using packets of disposable wipes which are made with plastic, why not travel light with a washable reusable facecloth? You can buy them in an array of colours.
Black Reusable Face Cloth ©MDHarding
We are all aware of the impact of plastic bags, did you know some countries have now banned them altogether including Italy, China, and South Africa as well as many others. While some countries including the UK have introduced a tax, with the money raised going toward recycling initiatives. Why not invest in a colourful canvas bag that you love and have at the ready, folded inside your handbag for those last-minute shopping sprees or holiday breaks?
Everyday Reusable Canvas Bag ©MDHarding
I hope you have enjoyed reading and are inspired to take action and save our beautiful planet. It's not too late to join in #GoPlasticFree Sign up here or find out more about plastic-free alternatives. I would love to hear what things you have changed. Please send any comments/questions to enquiries@MDHardingTravelPhotography.com Happy Travels:) x