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Reduce Food Waste
Whether it is street food, buffet joints or 5 star restaurants, only order what you can finish. Just because the food is cheap, does not mean you should order more. Be mindful of what you purchase and consume.
Don’t Use Plastic Straws
Statistics show that in America alone, 500 million straws are used every day. Imagine how much plastic that consumes. Bring your own reusable straw if you must use one.
Nothing is better than eating local cuisine. Not only is the food unique and delicious, by eating local food you are
also helping the local communities support themselves. Eating from locally, and forget the familiar during your travel.
Don’t Just Eat At Tourist Restaurants
Eating at local restaurants is about encouraging local culinary culture. Not only that, eating locally is usually more sustainable because local restaurants don't rely as much on imports from abroad to satisfy foreign palates.
Bring A Reusable Water Bottle
You can now have your own filtered water bottle for travel. Using a filtered reusable water bottle helps to reduce your environment impact by limiting your plastic usage. Reusable water bottle also allows you to save money on plastic bottles.
Minimise Water Consumption
Water is one of the most precious resources on earth and you must treat it with all due attention wherever you go. Every country is working on minimising water consumption and it is essential for travellers to give our contribution to the process.
Choose Sustainable Restaurant
Restaurants that practise environmental sustainability are those that minimise their impact on the planet. Choosing to eat at these restaurants allows you to contribute to these positive efforts and take part in helping the environment.
Consume Plant Based Food
The sunscreens people normally use are loaded with chemicals like oxybenzone, a harmful ingredient that causes coral to become sick, bleach, and eventually die. Therefore, instead of buying sunscreens that contain oxybenzone, choose natural or reef-friendly sunscreens.
Order Food Wisely
Only order as much food as you can eat to prevent food wastage. Try to order less at first, and order again if you are still feeling hungry after eating. A lot of the time our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, so start less and know that you can always order again if you need to.
Avoid Eating with Plastic Utensils
Try to reduce the use of utensils to minimise the chances of creating garbage. Whether it’s food you pre-packed, on-the-go airport food or a sit-down dinner at a casual beach bar that uses disposable cutlery, avoid eating with disposable plastic utensils by bringing your own reusable utensils.
Avoid Exotic Foods
Avoid consuming anything harvested in a cruel or harmful way. For example, shark fin soup. Fishermen cut the fin from the shark, leaving it to die bloody and in pain, as only the fin is needed. This act is not only inhumane, but has also led to many shark and ray species being threatened.
Refrain from ordering food that is made with ingredients derived from endangered species because if you consume these dishes, you are indirectly supporting the industry. Also, try to make it a point to reduce your consumption of meat because livestock production contributes to greater global greenhouse gas emissions than the transportation sector.
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