Sun, Sea, and Sustainability

With the school holidays starting, many of us are packing our suitcases and getting ready to head off for a trip somewhere sunny. But as we prepare to travel for our holidays, what can we do to make sure we’re having a more positive impact on the communities we’re visiting by cutting down on the waste we produce, and recycling more?

Sustainable travels

Planning ahead, and packing food for any long journeys, will help you to cut down on any convenience buys of single-use plastic or any on-the-go food and drink. Wherever you are, try to look out for the different bins available – sorting your plastic and paper packaging waste into the right bins will help it to be recycled.

Making sustainable decisions when planning your holiday can make a big difference to the amount of waste that you produce. With Earth Overshoot Day occurring earlier every year, it’s important for us all to ensure that we’re doing our bit to preserve our resources.

Where possible, you should also scrape off any excess food, or pour out any liquid, from plastic or paper-based food packaging before you recycle it – and always be sure to put it in the right recycling bin.

Aim to reduce waste as much as possible while you’re on your travels. Packing your food in lunch boxes and taking your own reusable cup for coffee top-ups can help to prevent unnecessary waste. If you’re flying anywhere, buying 100ml containers for any liquids, creams, and gels going in your hand luggage will save you from needing to buy travel-sized toiletries, and will ensure that you can re-use the containers next time you fly.

Different recycling systems

When you get to where you’re going, look up the local recycling rules. There might well be a different bin system to what you’re used to, so ensure you can make the most of the recycling options available.

You might have separate food waste collections, or a different set-up for collecting cans, plastics, and paper – check out the local system when you check in so that you know where to put your waste.

If you make sure that you put the right material in the right bin, you’re increasing its chance of being recycled into something useful once more, because you’re helping to safeguard the quality of the material being collected for recycling.

Looking up the recycling collections will also tell you what day you need to put your bins out while you’re there.

It’s always good advice, whether you’re on holiday or not, to think about recycling and disposal when making purchases. Check whether a product or piece of packaging can be easily recycled when you buy it, so you can help prevent those waste bins from filling up!

Environmentally friendly trips

We all enjoy more leisure time over the summer, but whether we’re eating out, doing activities with the family, or just catching some sun on the beach, we need to behave responsibly toward the environment.

When you’re out for the day, focus on making sure you don’t generate unnecessary waste. Packing a lunch for a picnic and carrying your drinks in reusable containers is a great first step to making sure that you’re being as sustainable as possible.

Once you’ve made sure you’re not generating unnecessary waste, and enjoyed your day out, make sure you don’t leave anything behind. Collect up any food packaging and make sure you don’t leave any litter. Most of your paper, plastics, and cans are likely to be recyclable, so take them home and put them in the right bin to ensure they can be recycled.

If you have any leftover waste that can’t be recycled, make sure it finds its way into a general waste bin. Our partnerships with Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Britain Tidy  might focus on protecting green spaces at home, but wherever you are in the world, you can help to preserve the natural world for future generations by ensuring you don’t leave litter behind.

By ensuring you’re recycling correctly, separating out your materials where you can, and planning ahead to reduce your waste, you can stay sustainable on your summer holiday.