What to bring:
Drawstring bag – it’s perfect for carrying loose bakery items or fruit
Water bottle – you can drink the tap water in Barcelona (although it’s not obvious)
Coffee cup – there's an abundance of coffee shops
Utensils – for food markets
Suncream – if you make your own
A metal straw – they put straws in everything! If you're like me and dont use a straw, make sure you mention this prior to ordering
What to do:
Be ready. People are waiting to give you waste constantly, whether it’s giveaways or at supermarkets, but get ready to say no, lots of times.
Shop smart, find the bakery and fruit isles for lots of zero waste fun
Go to local markets, you’ll find it a much more zero waste environment
My first day in Boston did not start well…
Within hours of scouring Boston for food we came across a food market. When I travel I always like to eat local food, it’s authentic and makes me submerge myself into the culture. This meant Clam Chowder was on the menu, which FYI is delicious, I naively ordered thinking they would give it to me on an actual plate. This of course didn’t happen, to my horror this did instead:
Once I actually looked up places that had zero waste goods, things went a lot more smoothly. I found fruit, veg and chocolate at locations including Harvest Coop.
What was great about the zero waste locations I found was that everything was local, which makes me super happy. I knew that the food I was buying was made close to that area, meaning less food miles.
The coffee cup culture annoyed me because, unlike London, they don’t use re-usable coffee cups. I spotted them EVERYWHERE and it drove me slightly crazy but hopefully with time we can change this!