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The trick to zero-waste living is to be prepared. It is when we are caught out that we turn to plastic covered convenience products.
To avoid these unnecessary purchases, you can make sure that you have everything you need already in your handbag.
I recommend that you never leave the house without the following items stashed safely in my handbag.
Hydration is important. Carrying a water bottle means that you can use tap water to refill rather than buying bottled water from the shops.
It also means that you will also have water with you, so you’ll never have to worry about dehydrating.
There are loads of water bottles on the market to choose from. You can choose from different sizes, styles and shapes.
Don’t get those plastic-coated from your local coffee shop. Take your own pretty cups instead and avoid that extra wastes.
Lots of coffee shops will also give you money off the cost of your coffee if you turn up with your own cup. Therefore, it is a money saving choice as well as an environmental one.
Again these come in all sorts of styles, so you can choose the one that best suits you. I recommend a big one though. You don’t want to miss out on value coffee space.
Reusable shopping bag
I don’t know how many times I’ve popped to the shop after work for a few items and realised that I needed a carry bag. Don’t be like me and have to carry all the loose items to the car in your arms.
Keeping a resuable shopping bag in your handbag means that you are very for this. Just make sure that once you have emptied it out at home that you put it straight back in your bag.
Takeaway food is great. I love it. Paricularly fish and chips at the seaside or a salad bowl on your lunch break.
But takeaway means plastic disposable cutlery, especially if you are eating them on the go. You don’t want to be forced into either taking the plastic straws or using your fingers.
Bamboo cutlery is the perfect solution and they are so lightweight that you will barely notice them in your bag.
As a mum, I know that my kids are going to ask for a straw if we are eating out. Plus, I trust them more with a straw than I do to pick up a cup.
For this reason, I keep a family set of reusable straws in my handbag. Then when we get to the restaurant I will get them out and avoid any disposable options.
Taking a wipe or a cloth to wrap them in afterwards means that I don’t get juice or milkshake all over my bag too.
What’s in your handbag?
I feel that I might need to come back to the article as I am sure that there are plenty of good ideas that I have missed. Let me know what eco-friendly items you keep in your bag in the comments below.
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