Zero Waste Travel

The thought of packing your life into a suitcase for a weekend trip let alone a two week trip can be daunting.
See below my top tips for a zero waste trip:
Embrace e-tickets
Download your plane ticket. You can get a PDF of your ticket on your phone. Some airlines offer you the option to purchase “carbon offsets” that essentially take the carbon dioxide emissions you’ve contributed to as a passenger out of the air through a variety of ways such as planting a tree.
Don’t forget your net bag
These bags are super handy. A zero waste holiday must have.
A high number of Mediterranean countries give plastic bags out with every item purchased.Today, plastic represents 95 per cent of the waste floating in the Mediterranean and lying on its beaches.
A reusable net bag or tote bag is great to always have on hand. If you go somewhere and you buy something, instead of taking a plastic bag you can just use your reusable bag.
Just because you’re going zero-waste doesn’t mean you’re going zero-style.
I purchased my vintage 1950’s Triumph swimsuit in Lucy’s Lounge vintage store in Temple Bar Dublin.
Vintage swimsuits are a great way to inject some fun into your holiday wardrobe and to reuse the resources we already have available. You can find very interesting 1950’s-1980’s swimsuits in Dublin vintage stores.
If vintage is not your thing, I recommend using https://www.depop.com/ where you can buy modern styles that people no longer want and are selling. This is another great way to reduce your environmental fashion footprint.
The clothing sharing economy is a fantastic way to stay fast fashion free while on holidays.I suggest using clothing rental / swap sites or borrowing from family.
Green is the new black accommodation
We visited this beautiful organic farm called Vioma in Mykonos.
Sometimes I wish booking.com had a ”green filter” option for for accommodation in my favourite destinations.At the moment it’s a matter of a little extra research and the word of mouth approach.
It’s best to choose ecologically or culturally important destinations, and make the most of your time there by volunteering, staying in a homestay, or an Airbnb instead of a hotel. Below are some of the top sustainable destinations for 2018:

Belize

Benin

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Mongolia

Palau