Zero waste​ on the road

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I love that quote and it fits perfectly with today’s topic: Zero waste is a great thing, but it takes some effort. What about the time you’re in the city, wandering around, craving for a smoothie, or a Starbucks coffee or you don’t have time and need something to go? No problem, we’re all only human. Still, you can reduce plastic waste to its minimum, following these simple tricks below:

  • bring your lunch box. Sure this would be the best solution instead of having to buy something to go. You didn’t have time to prepare something? Just bring your empty lunch box and ask wherever you go if they could fill in the salad or soup (recommend a glass jar for this one) or wraps or whatever you’re having into your lunch box.
  • bring your cutlery. Again if going for something take-away, there will most certainly be plastic cutlery. So bring your own and you already saved a tiny bit of plastic.
  • reusable cups. Starbucks already has that option and so do other companies, just buy one and keep it in your pocket, for whatever craving will be coming up. Also if you cannot go without a straw, check out these reusable straws. You will find those all over the internet to buy.

Tired of carrying half of your kitchen with you? Maybe you work at an office or you have a locker at school. You can always wash all the things you have at the restrooms and leave them at work, so you don’t have to take them home every time. You could even bring a little dish liquid to leave there.

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Going low waste in Dublin

waste style. I am using low waste because I did not figure out a way yet how to go ZERO waste. however, whenever you can go zero waste, go for it!

First of all, Dublin does not have too many possibilities to shop low waste. They do indeed have loose vegetables and fruits in most of the shops. Still, the amount of plastic-wrapped groceries make me want to cry. So here you can see my groceries I got today:

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So great thanks to uncle bens for keeping it without plastic! However, make sure you don’t pick the one with the small bags in it. The rice cakes were not surprisingly but unfortunately wrapped in plastic inside the cardboard box. Same for the chocolate, which was wrapped in aluminum. Back in Switzerland you could go to the Läderach chocolatier and get some unwrapped chocolate, that is completely awesome!

Anyway, I am working on that rice cakes problem. Additionally, you might pay attention to seasonal and regional products. As you can see I did not find any fruits today, as berries are mostly seasonal now, but they were all wrapped. And guys: APPLES COME IN FALL AND WINTER! So stop buying apples now, they are either imported or have been frozen for at least a year! There are some sorts of early apples available now, which are mostly used for cooking. I got some apple juice instead, which is a much more eco-friendly way to preserve the apples. Still little side note here: do not drink too much apple juice and remember it is always better to eat the whole fruit, instead of just drinking the juice. This will make it easier for your belly.

So much to think of! Clearly, you cannot think of all, but you may try your best. You can go after this checklist:

Is it

  1. unpacked?
  2. seasonal?
  3. regional?

As you might see, for the yellow peppers I only agreed on the first two of them. Just try your best.
Anyway, keep your head up, keep your heart strong, spread kindness and see you soon!