Friday, October 12, 2007

Emergency Post: Traveling Made Me Use Plastic!

Starving and trapped in the Columbus International Airport, I had no choice but to order an oh-so-plasticky bowl of broccoli and cheddar soup from Quiznos! The soup came in a polystyrene (a.k.a. Styrofoam) container, and alas, I had no choice but to use a plastic spoon to eat it.

Other plastic blunders while traveling: I went to an amazing ice cream shop called Jeni's and agreed to try a sample of their pumpkin and spice ice cream, which was immediately served up on an ultra-tiny plastic spoon. Darn. I also got a complimentary cup of coffee at my hotel in styrofoam because I was running late and I didn't have time to stop anywhere else (I'm totally addicted).

Avoiding Plastic: Travel Tips
All and all, I really didn't use too much plastic, but I still found it very difficult to travel and avoid the stuff. Here are a few tips I learned from my trip, though:
  • Definitely, definitely, definitely bring your own stainless steal mug for water and other beverages. It will help tremendously.
  • If you travel a lot, consider buying a set of travel silverware and a small stainless steal plate. I already have a set for camping that I'm going to bring with next time I travel.
  • Try to avoid fast food restaurants if you can since many of them serve their food in plastic containers.
These are just a few tips. If anyone out there has any additional advice, please leave a comment and let us know!


Anonymous said...

I do have some travel tips. I wrote a couple of posts about traveling back in September. Here's a link to my travel and transportation category:

LifeLessPlastic said...

This is perfect. I especially like your Disney posts. They have some really great info. Thanks!!

Shannon Hodgins said...

I'm keeping a few bags in the car for our trash.

When I did eat out at the mall a couple of months ago (blek, won't go again for a good long while) I was shoving all of our "trash" in the backpack so it could be recycled.