Avoiding Unnecessary Plastic
Imagine a road trip, and your mind will naturally conjure up stops at the services - not only to refuel but also to grab some food or drink. Unfortunately, the ubiquity of plastic water bottles has led to warnings that annual consumption of these utterly pointless items is set to top half a trillion by 2021. Similarly, 2.5 billion single-use coffee cups are used and subsequently binned every year in the UK. A simple, well publicised and responsible solution to this is clear; purchase a reusable bottle and keepcup. Refill.org.uk is a handy app to direct you to thousands of stations across the UK – where you can refill for free – and most service station coffee shops will refill your water bottle for you.
Instead of wet wipes, which are inexorably littering our coastlines and blocking our sewers, take a reusable organic cotton muslin cloth or flannel and refresh in the service station bathrooms using good old fashioned water. Not only will these simple changes make a positive impact on the amount of single-use plastics you are throwing away, you will also notice the cumulative effect on your wallet – more money to enjoy yourself, wherever the road may take you.
(MORE: HOW TO TRAVEL PLASTIC FREE)