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Las Vegas continued… what to pack to reduce waste on vacation.

This trip to Las Vegas I came better prepared to reduce waste. In addition to my water bottle, I brought my Tim Hortons travel coffee cup, two Evening Call “slurpee” cups, and my furoshiki cloth.

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!

My water bottle was filled at the end of meals  with left over water, apple juice and even pop. That helped me reduce my plastic waste.

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?

~Stephanie

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

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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