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Top 5 Ways to Be Zero Waste On-the-Go

Whether you're traveling by train, car, bus, or airplane, being eco-friendly when you're on-the-go poses its fair share of challenges. Travel is tiring - and even those with the best habits at home can fall prey to the convenience of commercially packaged snacks and single-use plastic bottled drinks. But being zero waste when you're on the move isn't impossible.

Here at Khala & Co, one of our primary missions is to make a zero waste lifestyle more attainable. We've curated a collection of our provisions just for travel, and compiled some tips and tricks here to make it easier for you to be zero waste on-the-go. 

zero waste lunchbox on the go

Bring Your Own Food

When you're on the move and hunger strikes, prepare by having healthy, filling snacks on hand. When you're hungry and on the move, its easy to grab at whatever is most convenient. If this has ever happened to you, you know that this travel hanger can break down healthy eating habits lightning fast. Carrying your own food means you can eat nutritious, healthy food much easier.

The way you're carrying your food is just as important as the food itself. Travel size snack bars, water bottles, and bags of goodies are tempting, but ultimatley lead to more plastic ending up in the world. Even if you're bringing a sandwich from home, if its in a plastic bag, its not doing much to help you live zero waste. Forget plastic ziplock bags - wrap your food in a reusable beeswax or vegan wax Khala Cloth, instead. Khala & Co's line of zero waste provisions includes reusable food wraps in different sizes and styles for transporting all kinds of snacks. 

baby carrots enclosed by a folded Khala Cloth bag

Pack Reusable Straws and Cutlery

To compliment carrying your own food, keep reusable cutlery on hand. This can save you from reaching for single-use plastic forks, spoons, and straws. A set of bamboo cutlery is lightweight, affordable, and convenient to carry. Brands like To-Go Ware and Zero Waste Kit make high-quality bamboo cutlery sets.

Instead of using wasteful plastic straws, invest in a reusable alternative. You'll find glass and metal options available individually and in collections of varying sizes. Reusable straw assortments often include accessories for easy straw care and cleaning, as well. Simply Straws markets a variety of both glass and metal reusable straws in different styles and sizes. 

bamboo cutlery and carry case atop a Khala Cloth

Reconsider Commercial Travel-Sized Toiletries

While travel-sized shampoo bottles and toothpaste tubes are certainly convenient, their smaller size means more packaging used per amount of product. The most common argument in favor of travel-sized toiletries is that they're designed for carrying on an airplane - and if you're not checking a bag, this definitely matters. But, even if you're flying, you can still avoid buying travel-sized toiletries. 

Instead of buying single-use travel toiletries for trips, invest in a set of small, reusable bottles. You can label and fill these bottles from the larger quantities of product you have at home - and wash and reuse them between trips. Alternatively, consider carrying small portions of zero waste products, such as shampoo bars and toothpaste tablets. 

shampoo bar and its packaging

Go Paperless

In this growing age of technology, it's easier than ever before to travel without printed documents. Instead of paper boarding passes, tickets, and itineraries, opt for downloading these essentials straight to your phone. If you're traveling by air, check to see if your airline has its own free app - most do. These apps allow you to check in, access, and use your boarding pass directly on your phone. For car travel, use your phone's GPS as opposed to printed directions. 

If you need copies of important documents, scan them directly into your phone instead of making paper duplicates. These documents often include forms of identification, itineraries, and more. 

woman taking a picture of the landscape

Walk Whenever Possible

When you're in an unfamiliar place, it can be intimidating to get around on your own. You might be tempted to take a taxi or an Uber to your destination - even if it's within walking distance. But resist the urge and don your walking shoes. Make sure your phone is fully charged, dress appropriately, and review your route before you set out - then walk to where you need to go. You'll reduce your carbon footprint and also get the opportunity to more intimately experience a new place. 

woman eating a burrito while on a hike