We are passionate about nature and the animals within it – this is why we love travel and adventure. With that said, travel can certainly create a big carbon footprint, so we are always mindful about how we live and explore. Therefore ecofriendly travel is always our focus.
Masha is vegan, which makes Rob vegan a lot of the time as well! This certainly does cut down on our carbon footprint and makes our travel much more ecofriendly.
BPA free food containers are key to ecofriendly travel. So, if there are any leftovers we take them along creating zero waste. We purchase fruit and veggies directly from the growers which are without the plastic wrap that so many supermarkets force on us. This also limits the transport of the products.
While traveling it is very easy to consume many plastic water bottles per day per person which makes travel very non ecofriendly. Did you know that only 5% or so of plastic is really recycled in the US?
In the developing world (and even in first world countries) it can be difficult to find water dispensing facilities, this is why we travel with a water purification gravity system. The one that we use is Lifestraw Gravity Bag which filters into a Camelback 3 litre bag. However there are many others on the market.
Yes it takes a few minutes to set it up everyday, but you can take almost any kind of water – lake, river, hotel room and make it into crystal clear and healthy water quickly and easily.
The key to a good system while traveling is the filter. For us being homeless, it is our house water purifier and needs to have a filter that can withstand use for at least 2,000 liters/500 gallons. We add on a secondary filter (super lightweight) to remove metals and other nasties.
Another must have for us are water containers to carry the water that we just purified. We use a wide mouthed bottle that are easy to clean and have a handle to easily attach to backpacks.
Bodum glass coffee cups are another must for us, as they are great for both hot and cold beverages and again eliminate the need for single use cups. Since we are such minimalists we stuff socks and other such items in the cups when they are not in use.
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Wrap Up - Ecofriendly Travel
Ecofriendly travel is top of mind for us. Do I drive Rob a little crazy with my insistence of lowering our carbon footprint? Yup, I do every single day. But in the long run we both think that it is worth it for us, the animals and the planet.
We want to be able to lead this life style for a very long time. Given how quickly the world is changing we want to do our part. Do you have any other ideas for us? We would love to hear what you do to lower your carbon footprint!
Please do share your ideas and successes as we would love to do more to travel in an ecofriendly way and lower our carbon footprint even more.