It’s time for a new post in the ‘swap’ series! I’m passionate about making small, everyday changes that have a positive impact on the world around us. By sharing these swaps I hope you get inspired to apply some to your own life. If you’ve missed the first one, you can find it here!
When we’re on the go we often pick convenience over sustainability. Quick grabs, take aways, single use packaging that gets thrown in the trash – often in a matter of minutes. It doesn’t have to be that way and with some simple changes you can reduce your waste significantly and look after the environment that we share together – our planet 🙂
So today I’m sharing some of my favourite items that we’ve been using when out and about. Some of these are products that we really love and would totally recommend but they’re not sponsored.
Let’s get started!
Five Favourite On The Go Swaps To Reduce Waste
1. A Reusable Cup: Kinto Tumbler
I’ve talked about this one before in this post – and nothing has changed since! It’s by far my favourite coffee flask and it looks just as good as it did then. Love the beautifully simple design, the leakproof lid and pleasant drinking (which is quite unusual for coffee cups!). You can fill this with a home brewed coffee, but obviously also give to the barista at your local cafe to use instead of a take away cup.
2. A Multi Purpose Sandwichwrap: Boc ‘n roll
One of my favourite products I discovered during this last year. It’s a sandwichwrap that’s cleverly designed – you pretty much wrap up any type of sandwich, fruit or snack, fold it over itself and fasten the velcro. The wrap doubles as a placemat while eating and afterwards it folds right back up (meaning it doesn’t take up any space in your bag). It’s waterproof & easy to clean. It comes in many different colours, designs and in different sizes too! Saves a lot of plastic bags, cling wrap and alu foil!
3. A Cotton (Shopping) Bag
Always in my backpack, purse or diaper bag: one or two cotton bags to be ready for any occasion – whether that’s an unplanned grocery trip or bringing something home from visiting a friend…It cuts the need for plastic bags out by a TON. I didn’t link one because you probably own a few already – it’s just a matter of getting into the habit of always carrying one! I prefer cotton bags as they are sturdy, lightweight and they fold up tiny so they don’t take up much space in my bag. They look pretty alright too!
4. A good lunch box: Mepal
We had been looking for a good lunch box for a while…One that would be versatile enough to hold homemade bread (they were often too small), a big lunch salad or last nights leftovers. And with a durable but easy to use lid too. We found that in this lunchbox – we love the little divider to create a snack area or leave it out when we need to. Been our favourite since day 1!
5. Reusable fresh bags
I was so happy to see these in the supermarkets recently (I’ve spotted them at Deen & AH)! Finally an alternative to the plastic bags for all those bread rolls & croissants we’re buying here in our country! These are still made from plastic, but they are durable and washable. You can use them for all veggies, fruit and bakery items in the supermarket. Now again, it’s all a matter of carrying a few in your bag or car so you have them on hand when needed. Every time you use them, you save a couple of plastic bags and that’s very rewarding!
What’s some changes you have made when you’re on the go? Or maybe like to make?