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Sustainability Tip: Here’s how to travel zero-waste this summer

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Living zero-waste is best achieved by eliminating the need for single-use plastics. Bring your own reusable materials instead of buying things in convenience packaging.
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Did you know that when single-use plastics are sent to landfills, they aren’t harmless landfill liners? They can leak harmful pollutants into the watershed, and plastics on the tops of landfills can be carried away by the wind. Staying waste-free and keeping single-use plastic out of landfills can be more challenging when traveling, especially in the summer. From fast food pit stops to airplane snacks, convenience packaging is king, and recycling bins may be few in some places. The best way to curb single-use plastic pollution? Reduce your personal plastic consumption.

Here are tips to help you become a zero-waste traveler:

1. Pack a zero-waste kit: The best way to reduce waste is to stop convenience packaging before it starts. Carry your own refillable drink bottles, washable utensils, cloth napkins and reusable containers for on-the-go food.

2. Pack your own snacks for travel: Don’t buy prepackaged food. Prepare your own ahead of time. Try a jar full of your favorite snack from home, and then use the empty jar as a glass. No room for a jar? Cloth snack bags are convenient in purses and carry-ons when space is at a premium.

3. Speak up at restaurants to keep disposables at bay: Restaurant stops can lead to a flurry of single-use plastic. Tell the server first thing if you don’t want extra napkins, straws or plastic utensils. Don’t be shy about politely reiterating as your food arrives ­— habits are hard to break!