The cloth was used to reduce paper towel waste. I didn’t carry it with me the whole time so when there wasn’t a hand dryer I did use some paper towel. The solution must lie in having a smaller towel that stays in a back pocket or purse. There is a brand called http://www.peopletowels.com/ that will sell you towels specifically to replace paper towels used to dry hands in public. I haven’t bought any though because throughout my journey so far I try to source similar products from within my own home or locally, preferably used.One thing that I am one “click” away from buying is Strawsome glass straws. I will talk about them later this week.
The “slurpee” cups were purchased from previous trips to Las Vegas. There is a place we like to buy these spiked drinks in Bally’s. They give a discount if you refill so we saved over $12 by bringing our cups back. One of them was lost at the Excalibur our last night but that’s okay because we have an extra at home for next time!
One of the best things I brought was my coffee cup. The first three mornings I used it for my morning coffee. Once was at a Starbucks. They seemed confused with the Timmies cup! Two mornings we ate at the buffet. I forgot to ask for a cup of milk the first morning so I was stuck with creamer cups. They leave coffee in carafes on the table so I filled my cup to-go. While I was at it I grabbed a banana too. The next morning I remember to ask for the small milk so that I didn’t have to use creamers. Again at the end of the meal I filled my cup to-go and grabbed an apple (snack for later)! Another diner saw me filling up my cup. Hopefully they will be inspired. On the last morning I did get a paper cup. I had some concerns about my cup only being rinsed with water so next time I will pack some dish soap. I also plan to pack a fork and possible some Rubbermaid containers next time. If your room has a mini-bar you can take your leftovers.
My parents went to Mexico recently. Friends of theirs told them to bring their to-go coffee cups. Apparently the bartenders will fill them with drinks for you. It has at least two benefits – less waste and it keeps your drinks colder in the hot sun.
What would you pack to reduce waste on trips?
If one had taken what is necessary to cover one’s needs and had left the rest to those who are in need, no one would be rich, no one would be poor, no one would be in need. -Saint Basil