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Zero-waste must-haves for sustainable living on the go

Doing your part to contribute to the environment doesn’t have to be such a daunting task. Transitioning to a sustainable lifestyle is one way to do it. After all, it’s not so difficult to make conscious efforts to make day-to-day living a little more eco-friendly. One such way is to carry on-the-go essentials to lessen the waste you produce when heading outside. So before you head out the door, make sure you bring these 11 sustainable must-haves with you!

Reusable Shopping Bags

Opt-out of using single-use plastic bags by bringing your own reusable shopping bags. These are usually made from canvas or other similar materials that you don’t have to throw away after just one use. Not only that, you’ll be saving trees by cutting your consumption of brown paper bags as well!

Travel Mug/Tumbler

If you’re the type of person who starts the day by stopping by a cafe to grab a hot drink, it helps to bring your own mug or tumbler. Single-use plastic packaging and even paper will only end up in landfills. Get your morning coffee fix without the guilt.

Water Bottle

Bringing your own water bottle means cutting down on plastic bottles while staying hydrated. 1,500 plastic bottles are used in the United States alone every second, according to Green Sheep Water. That staggering number can be decreased significantly if everyone made the switch to reusable ones.

Reusable Straws

Straws are one of the biggest culprits behind plastic pollution. The solution? Bring your own reusable straws made from metal or bamboo. Or better yet, you can just not use them altogether. According to National Geographic, an estimated 500 million plastic straws are used every day.

Reusable Cutlery

Plastic spoons, forks, and knives are damaging to our planet. After you use them for one meal, these are sent to a landfill. So make sure to bring your own re-washable cutlery and notify the person taking your order that there’s no need for the plastic ones.