This summer, my husband and I had the amazing opportunity to go on our first European vacation with his family. Our trip began in NYC, then on to England, France, Belgium, a snippet of the Netherlands, back to England, back to NYC, and ended with a few days exploring the East Coast. Despite the freezing cold and rainy weather (in Europe), it was an experience of a lifetime and a trip we will remember forever.
I have to admit, though, that I ended this trip pretty disappointed in myself. Throughout this "Journey to Zero Waste" I have been so focused on MY home, MY shopping habits, MY little bubble of life. It did not take long for me to realize that I was completely unprepared to travel AND practice abroad what I had been trying to live at home. Maybe I'm being a little hard on myself... let's face it, my husband and I would have done a lot of things differently if we had been traveling on our own, with our own money, so I will take that in as a factor. Still, the environment doesn't care about who you are traveling with or the millions of excuses created for wasteful decisions.
So, about half way through our trip, I started to keep my eyes open for ways to be less wasteful while on vacation. Below are a few pictures of what I found!
|I was inspired by the glass milk bottles that|
I saw in London!
|I was SO excited to be able to visit Unpackaged, a bulk shop in London!|
|I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Catherine Conway, |
and talking to her all about her journey to zero waste!
I am so inspired by her!
|These bikes were all over Europe! It would have been a |
great way to see the city without taking a taxi.
|It's always exciting to see things sold in bulk - especially cookies! =)|
|Mmm... bulk coffee beans! These ones were un-roasted.|
|I thoroughly enjoyed trying the espresso everywhere we went!|
I ordered it "for here" instead of taking it in a "to go" cup.
|We passed by a few flee markets! |
This would have been a great way to find unique souvenirs!
|We took advantage of the clothesline in our hotel rooms! Haha|
|We passed by this AMAZING butchery in Belgium!|
|A great place to buy unpackaged meat & cheese!|
|I was happy to find this shop that sold all kinds of bulk oil & vinegars!|
|More unpackaged sausage at a local farmer's|
market in Belgium!
|My husband tried a Belgian beer, while in Belgium, |
instead of an imported one.
|It was brewed on site and came down |
through these pipes!
|Back in the States, we visited the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts. |
I was so inspired by the English village and the simple life it portrayed.
|This guy was a wood carver and made all of the furniture |
used in the English village! I would love to build
my own piece of furniture one day!
|Also for the English village, these bowls and pitchers |
were made on site, instead of bought elsewhere.
|When I saw this display on the Mayflower 2, I said |
"Look! The Pilgrims bought stuff in bulk too!" Haha
Well, there is a little look into our time abroad! I am thankful for the things I learned on this vacation and can't wait to travel smarter next time!