A Wasteful Vacation
We spent a few days in Montana visiting friends and having some South of the border work done on our dog. Wonderful friends, cute new babies & cheap veterinarian services made for a fabulous vacation! Unfortunately, it was also a huge eye opener that even though we have come so far in our waste reduction we are amateurs and still have a long way to go, especially around preparation. There were are a few things we could have easily packed in our crammed to the max car to minimize our waste. There are a few simple things that we forgot and I just cringe! We could have also easily planned a few destination eating options & grocery shopping meals to minimize our waste on the road. Next time we go on a trip we will need to consider:
- Ideally bringing a cooler, however with the dog it makes packing tricky but would have been so handy.
- Planning where we will eat prior to being ravenous.
- Throwing in 1-2 reusable bags & bulk bags for groceries.
- Our coffee mugs (how did we forget these?!)
- 4 multipurpose utensils
- A few cloth napkins
- A few containers
- Water bottles for the whole family
The more I think about these extremely small simple things, it would also be handy to always have these items in our car for spontaneous eating adventures & last minute grocery shops right here in Calgary.
Although we still have a long way to go towards our zero waste goals, I am thankful for how far we have come and for the city that we live in. As a family and as a city, we take the infrastructure that is in place to help us with these goals forgranted. Visiting a small town in the states and seeing plastic & glass bottles being thrown away made me and the earth feel very sad. Hopefully one day every town and city, despite it's size, can have a facility or programs in place to recycle very basic items.