Plastic Free Travel — 5Rs for More Sustainable Tourism
2 min readJan 17, 2018

You might know the old mantra of the 3Rs, but now consider these 5 Rs:
How can we #refuse, #reduce, #reuse, #repurpose and #recycle on our travels for more sustainable tourism?

Plastic pollution on a beach
Plastic pollution on a beach

In your packing, in destination, in your day-to-day behaviour, there’s tons of small changes you can make to de-plastic your life.


Refuse to buy food with plastic packaging > Buy instead loose and local!

Refuse to take out > dine in instead or invest in your own reusable take-away tin box!

Refuse plastic straws & cutlery > do without or use bio-degradeable or reuseable alternatives like bamboo or metal.

Refuse single serving sachets in restaurants (eg. ketchup, mayonnaise).
> suggest they stock bottles instead.

Refuse any complimentary hair or tooth plastic brushes > take your own wood or bamboo brushes.

Refuse products with microbeads > search for non-abrasive, or better, natural alternatives.

Refuse single use plastic cotton buds > use paper cotton buds.

Bananas wrapped in plastic
Bananas wrapped in plastic
  • For example, in Costa Rica our partner verifies distributor environmental standards such as no plastic wrap, packaging and willingness to reuse recyclable containers as well as single stop delivery;
  • our partner in Nepal use vegetable crates to carry shopping.
  • and in Nicaragua, they made a policy many years ago to eliminate all single-use plastic straws.
  • our partner in Indonesia use only bamboo straws, and carbonate their own water and make their own natural organic syrups for drinks too.
Local food market in Nicaragua

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Do you have tips to refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle while travelling? Let us know!

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