#PetBottleTales

Plastic pollution is real, we see it everywhere yet a lot of us don’t do anything about it. A lot of us then question – what can I do about it? The simple answer to that is – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

While travelling, we realised we were buying bottled water all the time. Moreover, you see these plastic bottles everywhere across several destination carelessly strewn across beaches, mountains, streams and cities. No part of our planet is spared of this plastic menace.

We decided to do something about it, to do our part and be more responsible towards our planet and everything in it, including us humans as a species.

The next time we travelled, we brought along a plastic pet bottle that we had purchased from IKEA Singapore for 90 cents. Till the time we reached the gates at the airport we had consumed the content. Instead of throwing it away, we saved it. During the length of our trip we filled it with tap water and brought it along whenever we stepped out. In fact, we still had the same bottle while flying back home. This first happened on our trip to UK. By following something as simple, we had avoided buying at least 10 new bottles of water and even saved some moolah. Bottled water is pricey in London and if we remember correctly, the price ranged from 4-8 pounds. That’s insane! Why would you spend that when tap water is absolutely safe to drink.

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Bottle feeling one with the snow laden mountains. Hakuba, Japan

On subsequent travels, we followed the same practice and brought along the very same bottle. Overtime we grew attached to that very pet bottle who by now, had become our travel buddy. We named her ‘bottle’ 😀

Bottle has had amazing adventures and travelled far and wide with us. Along with UK, she has been to New Zealand, South Africa and more recently to Japan. We post about her travels with #PetBottleTales on Instagram.

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Bottle paying her respects at the Fushimi Inari shrine. Kyoto, Japan #PetBottleTales

Bottle plans to join us on many more adventures and do her part in saving planet Earth.

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Bottle enjoying the pretty views at Lake Ashi, getting a glimpse of Mt. Fuji in the distance. Hakone, Japan #PetBottleTales

See this fantastic video by The Story of Stuff Project and you will understand why you need to reduce, reuse and recycle.

5 simple ways of sustainable travelling

Such a beautiful view. Picture taken at AJ Hackett Bungy center near Queenstown, New Zealand

We know the planet is drowning in plastic! Case in point, this video. And global warming is a known fact.

I’m a firm believer that every little counts. Meaning that if we all do our part, we can save the planet.

Here are 5 simple things that we do on all our travels so that in our own small way, we are not generating unnecessary waste.

  • Carry our own water bottle – even if it’s a plastic one atleast we are not buying and disposing new ones. At airports, we carry in an empty bottle and fill-in from drinking water kiosks. At destinations where tap water is drinkable, we fill-in whenever we are stepping out. Imagine how much plastic will be reduced if everyone did this?

 

  • Carry our own handbags and avoid plastic bags  – most often we will be carrying a handbag or a back-pack when roaming around on any trip. While, shopping, we often just take the bill and stuff the purchase into our bags esp. if it’s small sized items. Makes us feel a lot better esp. while street shopping as low quality plastic bags are handed out in tonnes to shoppers/tourists every day!

 

  • Turn off aircon and other electronics when not in use or when not necessary – so we tolerate a few mins of heat and sweat. But it’s a small price to pay given how much electricity and wastage can be avoided.

 

  • Do not wash towels/linens everyday – well think about this, when you are home, do you wash your towels or change your bedsheets everyday? Why should it be any different in a hotel/motel/guest house/airbnb? Helps save gallons of water and reduces the amount detergents that get washed away into rivers and oceans.

 

  • Never buy products/souvenirs made by killing animals – we NEVER buy such stuff. It could be the best crocodile leather wallet or a purse made using kangaroo skin, the thought of how it was made sickens us.

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop” – Mother Teresa

Happy Green Travelling folks! Let’s do our bit 🙂