This action is probably one of the longest to integrate completely: Get your To-Go Kit. Remember, there are always alternatives if you are on a budget.
Let’s begin describing what The Perfect To-Go Kit; it would include:
- Reusable Mug
- Water Bottle
- Reusable Silverware
- Cloth Napkin
- Reusable container
- Metal Straw
Most of these products come from sustainable materials such as stainless steel, bamboo, or wooden materials, amongst others. The silver lightning of these materials is that they are compostable or recyclable.
How to make your own To-Go Kit if you don’t have access to buying all of the items? Let’s check one by one each item.
For our Reusable Mug, we can use jars, camping mug, or any mug or cup you might have you can carry around with you.
For the Water Bottle, you can reuse any bottle, or you can use a small thermos. Reusing plastic bottles work here as well. It is ideal to avoid plastic, but it is not always possible. Therefore, we must take consciousness and reuse our plastic items and recycle them as much as possible.
Reusable Silverware. Our best options are to get a set made of wood, bamboo, or stainless steel. The first ones are lighter to carry and compostable. However, you can also grab a fork, a spoon, and a knife from your house; roll them in a cloth napkin, tie everything with a ribbon, and you are all set. For travels, I was able to bring my bamboo kit with me and avoid using the ones they provide you in the plane. When I didn’t have it, I would bring with me the ones I used and reuse them on my road trips.
Concerning the Cloth Napkin, you can either buy or make them. These are important because of the waste that using paper napkins generates, and the making of them requires many resources as well. When using cloth napkins, you can wash them once per week, and by bulk. Now with COVID, it’s necessary to keep our items clean and disinfected. I don’t recommend sharing cloth napkins for the moment.
Regarding our Food Container, we have many options from where we can choose. You can buy stainless steel or bamboo ones. You can go with a plastic one if necessary. Another more eco-friendly option is to reuse glass jars. Anything you can put food in and close without dripping works. For dry meals like fruits, vegetables, and sandwiches, you can wrap them in Bee Wax Wraps or use a paper bag that you can compost later. For dry meals like fruits, vegetables, and sandwiches, you can wrap them in Bee Wax Wraps or use a paper bag that you can compost later.
Our last item on the list is the Metal Straw. You can either go for a bamboo one or easily avoid them. I have one that I carry with me just in case but hardly use it. Now maybe a bit more due to COVID, but I usually drink from my cup, bottle, or mug.
Be patient and take your time to change your habits. Give yourself time to process and live through your path of changing your habits to a more eco-friendly and zero-waste lifestyle. Remember one step at a time. I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I do.
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A True Nomad - Sol Acevedo