“Keep your waste during the trip, dispose of it only in the end.”
It is as enlightening as it is damn difficult.
Keeping trash shows quickly how much we produce.
When we throw the trash in a bin, it seems it's gone, but it isn't.
Soon, there won't be where to put the waste in your luggage.
It forces us to think about what we really need.
We realise there is little/no waste shopping and eating local and fresh.
I fully support I don’t trash my travel initiative. I sticking to its manifesto is how we should be travelling, it is common sense, and it shows respect to the people and places we go.
I collect rubbish of others almost every day while I travel. I put it in a dustbin and pat myself on the back. During my last trip, I visited places where the content of the dustbins goes...
I went to communal landfills and what I saw was pretty much a sad story. The sites were usually on fire and very close to rivers with visible pollution leaking into the water.
MOST TRASH WILL END-UP IN COMMUNAL LANDFILLS.
The only way to avoid it is not to stop producing waste in the first place.
I have to say; doing the challenge was as enlightening as it was damn tricky because a 50–day long trip is a long one and there was not much spare space in my motorcycle luggage.
Glass EASY ♻
Easy to avoid. I can't travel without olive oil. The beer bottle was a gift and the rum I got for HU Romania.
Metal EASY ♻
Easy to avoid, unless... All my metal waste - beer cans - came from events (HU Romania, HU Montenegro), no way to buy booze any other way there. No food cans, though!
Plastic DIFFICULT ♻
Tough to avoid. I didn't end up with much, but to avoid plastic on the road was difficult. I re-used plastic bags and water bottles, but I was struggling in the shops; especially when I tried to use my box for cheese, meat, etc...
Paper DIFFICULT ♻
Impossible to avoid. I ended up with a heap of receipts which are NOT recyclable! Rest of paper waste, SIM packs, various packaging, it's everywhere.
Food packaging DIFFICULT ♻
Easy to avoid. This is a combination of metal, plastic and paper. Eating and shopping locally minimise this. Any takeaway paper packaging is NOT recyclable!
Toiletries DIFFICULT ♻
Easy to avoid. Most of the toiletries available on the road won't be recyclable, especially toothpaste and other things in plastic & metal packaging. Tough to avoid on a long trip, for short ones it's easy.
plastic food wrappers
chewing gum packs
plastic shot glass