Eco on the Go: 10 Ways to Prepare Your Low-Waste Lifestyle For on the Go

We live in a busy world full of people who are constantly “on the go.” Unfortunately, this means that the “I’m too busy” excuse for leading a zero-waste lifestyle gets brought up a lot. How can you be zero-waste while eating out, grocery shopping, or making unexpected trips? 

Trust me, it’s possible and it’s easier than you might think. 

It all comes down to preparedness and planning. A busy life doesn’t have to be a disorganized one and it certainly doesn’t have to include an abundance of waste! Love Your Mother Boutique (LYMB) offers a wide variety of advice and resources that will help you to keep your daily buzz eco-friendly. LYMB’s On The Go collection helps you establish your eco-forward habits that include these 10 ways to prepare your low-waste lifestyle for on the go.

10 simple ways to go low-waste on the go

1. If you choose to eat out, pick your place wisely.

Call ahead and do your research to see if a restaurant will accommodate your zero-waste requests. Ask what they use for take out packaging? Do they provide plastic take out containers for leftovers, or do they at least use cardboard packaging for to go boxes. Find out their values and low-waste practices. 

    2. Tell the server if you are eating-in.

      Let them know that you would like to use a real mug, dishware, cloth napkins, and utensils. 

        3. Take-out in your own containers.

          Bring your own reusable containers, water bottle, hot drink cup, utensils, cloth napkins, and straw. 

            4. “No straw please!”

              Drinking from a reusable cup is the best scenario here but when a straw is necessary, refuse the plastic and choose reusable for that too. 

                5. Minimize eating take-out.

                  Yes eating out is delicious, but it can be very wasteful for a planet. On the other hand, a well-stocked pantry and strategic meal planning will avoid food waste and help you to not buy on the go. Packing leftovers in a reusable container or lunchbox saves time, money, and the planet! If you do need to buy food on the go, opt for restaurants with eco-friendly packaging options, and places that use low-waste cutlery. Plus, eating at home is usually healthier for you than eating out. (so that’s a win for you and Mother Earth!)

                      6. Grocery shop at a location that aligns with your eco-initiatives.

                      Find somewhere that offers local produce, fresh bread, and dry bulk food. Supporting our local farmers helps to invest money back into local communities and not towards big corporations.  

                        7. Buy bulk, package-free items & pack food with reusable materials.

                          Pack letfover food in reusable containers, mason jars, and beeswax food wrap. Swap the saran wrap for beeswax for an eco-friendly fix to store food leftover food in the fridge.

                            8. Use Reusable bags!

                            Use upcycled market bags, produce bags, bread bags for all they’re worth. These items are invaluable and super versatile! Keep them in your tote bag, backpack or the trunk of your vehicle, so you can use reusable bags on the go.

                              9. Expect the unexpected.

                                Store a bin in your trunk that can be kept in your vehicle in case of unexpected excursions. You can include picnic extras like plates, cloth napkins, jars, utensils, and containers. These are great for spontaneous take-out meals (plates, etc), take out leftovers (containers), big messes (extra napkins), and more!

                                  10. Use what you have - you don’t need to buy new!

                                    A water bottle can take the form of an upcycled container or mason jar. Convert old sheets and towels into cloths, napkins, and produce bags.

                                      The next time you feel too stifled by your day-to-day rush, take a peek at this quick and simple list to remind yourself how easy it can be to live a zero-waste lifestyle. You don’t have to make all of these changes to have an impact. You can take it one step at a time.

                                      Remember, “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” (Anne-Marie Bonneau)

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