How to be sustainable on the go | Gifted

 Well hello to you my reader chums! I've been talking about sustainability for a while now on my blog and the changes I've made to my lifestyle, my wardrobe, travelling, and really, just the way I think about life and making decisions to live a more waste-free lifestyle.

With the mindset of trying to work towards living a waste-free lifestyle, I'm a lot more conscious when I'm out and about, how I shop, or the day to day things I get up to. If you're trying to be more sustainable or looking for some advice on how to do so, here are some of the things you can bring with you on the go.

I was kindly gifted a few of these items by gobambu but all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

How to be sustainable on the go

Reusable water bottle

I don't go anywhere without my Chillys Bottle. Ever since I got it nearly 2 years ago, it's served me very well, including being a part of my backpack contents when I was travelling. It keeps water cold all day long and generally, it's just handy to have. I always like to carry water with me regardless of where I am as I like to have access to a drink; it's so important to stay hydrated. Bringing it around will save you from buying excessive plastic water bottles that you're likely to throw away after one use.

Tote bags, tote bags, tote bags

I can't tell you the last time I bought a plastic bag when I've been doing my shopping, the idea of that actually makes me cringe a little now. I always have a tote bag at hand; they're really compact to carry around and they're a lot more resilient to heavy things I'm buying, which also means, they last longer. My favourite tote at the minute is the one I was kindly gifted from Heiko. I've been using it non-stop and as it's made sustainably, I find it feels a lot stronger than my other tote bags.

Travel mug

Now the weather is a lot colder, it's the prime season for hot drinks and that means a lot of waste with disposable cups. If you're a big hot drink fan, I would highly recommend purchasing yourself a travel mug that you can bring wherever you go. It's handy to bring drinks from home or if you're going into a coffee shop, to fill your drink up and take with you on the move. 

Sustainable bamboo products

Reusable cutlery and straws 

I was so excited to receive some of these as I've been wanting to have a set for ages, I just never got around to buying some myself. Wherever you work, you're always going to have to bring in lunch and that's when these come in handy. You can have them for your preprepared lunch or during lockdown, if you're going to stop somewhere for a takeaway, it'll save you having to use their disposable ones, adding to the waste. The straws are perfect for when things go back to normal and you can go to pubs/restaurants, or at the minute, when you buy a takeaway drink.

Swapping food bags with Beeswax wraps

Whether it's a picnic or packing snacks for work, instead of using clingfilm of disposable food bags, swap to Beeswax wraps. They're reusable, can be cleaned multiple times, and come in a selection of the cutest designs.

Your own produce bags

When food shopping, I don't know about you but I see a lot of people putting their fruit/vegetables in the throwaway plastic bags. And as easy as it is, it's also a little thing that adds to waste so for a while I just popped them in the trolley and washed them vigorously when I got home. However, when I bought some produce bags, it was a small but really effective change and I love how I'm able to reuse them over again. The same goes for the larger produce cotton bags, I find they're fab for the larger fresh produce.

Plastic-free gum

I didn't realise until a couple of months ago that chewing gum has plastic in it. And now, looking back at all the chewing gum cemented on the pavements, it makes sense as that stuff will take forever and a day to get rid of. Because of this, when I was next in my local plastic-free shop, I came across plastic-free gum and picked up a pack. it was a little pricer than regular come but tastes and looks the same - plus I know I'm not putting fragments of plastic in my body.

Other ways to stay sustainable when out and about:

  • Reduce the number of places you drive - try and utilise public transport, walk more or car share where possible.
  • Buy things with less packaging - A lot of food items sold in supermarkets are covered with unnecessary packaging. When shopping, try and limit what you buy as much as possible.
  • Recycle - If throwing things away, be sure to recycle whatever it is properly and efficiently.
  • Litter pick - If you'd like to go the extra step, try and pick rubbish up where you go and dispose of it correctly.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you again to goBambu, I'm honestly in love with everything I received. Which tips do you have for being sustainable on the go?

Thank you for reading <3

78 comments

  1. Fantastic ideas for sustainability! I really hope 2021 will be the year more and more people get on board with this! I wrote a post a short while back about how to reduce household waste and one about reducing single use plastic -- we can all do our bit to help!

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  2. I’m always looking for ways to be more sustainable and I always find it hard in the go, so this has definitely helped! :)

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  3. I love bringing my own bags and bottles when traveling around, but your set with the whole cutlery is even better <3

    LackaDaisy

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  4. Lovely post and lovely eco-friendly items! I recently have my own travel mug and tote bags and I bring them anywhere I go!
    have a happy day <3

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  5. Love these items, I dont really go anywhere without my chillys bottle anymore!

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  6. These are some great tips and some lovely products too. I try to take my reusable bottle with me wherever I go but I could definitely make a few more changes too.

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  7. I love a good sustainable kit! I already have mine, but i am always on the lookout to get better at it! Chewsy gum are amazing, I had a chance to try some different flavours and highly recommend! Thanks for sharing Della x

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  8. I looove this! I have a bamboo toothbrush/teeth care set along with gum pelets etc and it's amazing. Posts like this really make me evaluate where in my life I'm not being sustainable!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Rosie

    https://www.loverosiee.co.uk

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  9. Love the things! <3

    www.pimentamaisdoce.blogspot.com

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  10. Thanks for sharing these ideas, I already do a couple of these :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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  11. Love this post, I adore my Chillys water bottle! It makes a huge difference doesn't it. Great tips to live by x

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  12. These items look so cool and I like because they are sustainable. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. One of my goals this year is to be more sustainable and these are great ways in helping to do that, I honestly didn't know you could get plastic free chewing gum! (Not that I'm a gum chewer anwyay!) x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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  14. I love these tips! I try to focus on sustainability a lot and switching to tote bags and reusable travel mugs & water bottles has made a big difference in how much waste I was mindfully contributing too! xx

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/

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  15. I do so love a good tote bag, not just for groceries but also for personal use! I lug around any number of notebooks with me at any given time so it is nice to have a bag with room.

    I also love those beeswax wrappers; I was skeptical at first as to their usefulness but now I am sold. :)

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    1. Yes! Tote bags are perfect for anything - and I'm yet to try beeswax wrappers xx

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  16. I'm trying to use more sustainable things in my daily life. I didn't know about the plastic in gums! Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  17. I've started shopping for veg and fruit in shops that don't wrap them in plastic! Bananas really get on my nerves as they're literally in their own wrapping naturally!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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    1. Same here! I don't get why they wrap bananas, you don't exactly eat the skin ffs xx

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  18. Love the mug and the straws. I use straws all the time.
    Hoping to get more into sustainability in 2021!

    www.fashionradi.com

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  19. I love my resuable water bottle, it keeps water cold for hours upon hours, so much better than using a standard plastic bottle. I've always used a travel mug for my morning coffee to work rather than buying one on the way! You've given some really useful tools to become sustainable here!

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    1. Love that! I'm glad I could help, thank you xx

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  20. These are some great tips for being sustainable on the go! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  21. Definitely hits on one of my goals for the year! Thanks for the extra tips!

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  22. I've had a water bottle for sometimes but stopped using it. It does serve well haha. Great tips!

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  23. I've been making my way towards more sustainable items for about a year now! I still have a little way to go but my waste output has significantly reduced compared to a few years ago. Plastic sucks! x

    Emily | emiliamarlowe.co.uk

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    1. I'm glad you've made these changes! It really does xx

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  24. Great post with amazing product recommendations and replacement for more sustainable items. I definitely try to be more sustainable and I wish we all start to care more about our planet!

    xoxo Olivia | http://www.oliviaandbeauty.com/

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  25. I absolutely love this post! I feel really strongly about making any small swaps we can like using a reusable water bottle or taking a tote bag out with you. However I did not know that about gum!! I'll be sure to look for a plastic free one. x

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    1. Thank you lovely! Yes same here, it's so simple but effective xx

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  26. Fab post - I hope to be more sustainable and eco-friendly in 2021 and this is a great place to start. Thanks for sharing! x

    Sophie | https://www.loveandliterature.co.uk

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  27. I love my travel mug! Looks as if I need a reusable bag next. Thanks for the ideas.

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  28. These are great suggestions. Never heard of plastic free gum before

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  29. Great post! I had no idea chewing gum had plastic in it 😱 I love your tips for being sustainable and follow these myself. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. These are some seriously helpful tips and handy products! I stopped using plastic waterbottles late last year and I always use a refillable one now and I don't think I'd ever go back actually! x

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    1. Thank you so much! I agree, the thought of going back to plastic doesn't sit right with me xx

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  31. These are brilliant suggestions. I always use a reusable bottle, although my Chilly bottle was stolen by my son so I just use a plastic one but I have had it for 2 years so I am really making the most of it. I think with this extreme cold weather about to hit, I think I fancy a coffee mug for travelling to work.

    Thanks for sharing x

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  32. I love having a reusable water bottle, it's so handy. I've heard plenty of good things about Chillys and I may have to finally try one! Great post xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

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  33. I love the reusable cutlery, such a great idea if you go out and pick up lunch everyday for work (well when we are all back in the office.) I love using my reusable travel mug, great for cold walk. Thanks for sharing x

    Steph | www.stephhannam.com

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  34. Travel mug sounds good! I started using reusable water bottle and tote bags since 2 years ago. These are really great tips :D Thank you x

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  35. These are great recommendations! I only use fabric reusable bags for groceries, and I drink from a reusable water bottle, but I do need to get straws and cutlery.

    Lindifique

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  36. Love that you can keep sustainability in mind while being on the go! I am so big on tote bags - not a fan of having too much disposable trash or anything. Oooh, beeswax wraps is a lifesaver!! Or even reusable ones that is still not as bad for the environment after disposal. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

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  37. These all look great too, as well as being useful and sustainable. :)

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  38. I love this! I am trying to be more sustainable in 2021 and I absolutely love the Reusable cutlery and straws these would be perfect for my work, or going on a picnic instead of using plastic cutlery.

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  39. I'm forever looking at more ways to be more sustainable and this new year more than ever. I am very much a fan of tote bags and I love how compact they are as you say! Great post, lovely x

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  40. These are really great ideas! Reusable water bottles and tote bags are two of the easieest swaps in my opinion - everyone has gotta do this x

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  41. These are some great products to help you be more sustainable. This is one of my goals this year to reduce my carbon footprint. Thank you for sharing these.

    Lauren

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  42. I also have a tote bag at hand; they're really compact to carry around and they're a lot more resilient to heavy things I'm buying, which also means, they last longer.
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