Vacationing, Eco-Friendly Style this 2020


A new year, a new decade, a new leaf. It’s always great to live through the decades, knowing that we have more wonderful things ahead of us. May it be a promising career, a wonderful family, a peaceful place to come home to, the positive prospects are endless. However, there is one concern which has been making the rounds, and is arguably one of the never-ending issues faced each year by people worldwide – our environment. Pollution, global warming, flash floods, and calamities. They say that what goes around comes around, and Mother Nature’s power has been devastatingly felt by everyone a couple of times this past decade alone. People aren’t careful about the items they use, those which they throw after every use, and the repercussions after that. This is mostly evident during the holidays. People are enjoying their vacation, taking snapshots and sipping from their soda cans, after which they’d just leave the can on the sidewalk then go back to their hotel. It truly is appalling and is an evident sign that people need to change for the better. In such case, what better time to implement that change than now? It is a new decade, after all. New Year resolutions are what it’s all about, and a definite change in the way people use and dispose of their items would eventually result to a positive effect in the environment. This can be done, even in the simplest of ways. As a matter of fact, using alternatives to the items you already use on a daily basis can even help with that. Better yet, the items which you can bring on vacation also has their specific variants. If you don’t believe us, here are just a few examples:

1) Reusable Straws

One major contributor of waste is plastic. Plastic bags, plastic cups, and worst offender of them all are plastic straws. Single-use straws make up a particular portion of the garbage which can be found in the ocean. Understandably, people use straws almost on a daily basis, due to the fact that all beverages offered in fast food chains come with straws. On a single order, a customer may even request for more straws, in case he or she would like to share the drink with friends. This is definitely evident even in tourist spots, where restaurants and food stalls also get in on the action with the disposables. Luckily, reusable straws were introduced in the recent years to combat excess plastic usage. Reusable straws come in two forms, one is a food-grade metal and the other is a rubber/silicon type. Both of them can be carried in a convenient pouch, much like your toothbrush, so you can bring them anywhere you like, even in the most exotic islands or the most isolated mountain range. You’d never have to use another disposable straw again, ever.

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2) A Travel Bottle

While we’re on the topic of straws, remember that it doesn’t just end there, as there are other plastic disposables, after all. Single-use plastic bottles from supermarkets are somewhat of a fickle subject when it comes to making things eco-friendly. On one hand, you have something compact that would provide you with a cool refreshment whenever you’d need it. It would make things convenient as you go through your workout and beach sidewalks, being lightweight enough to be carried in your backpack. On the other hand, however, when a single-use plastic bottle has long passed its usability (crumples, holes, and whatnot), the way that it would be disposed would majorly affect the ecosystem of an area. A plastic that is thrown unceremoniously would accumulate,causing long-term harm on the environment. Other municipalities would usually gather plastic wastes and repurpose them into building materials such as hollow blocks, but the number of these recycling plants are far and few. This certain problem can be solved with a travel bottle. Travel bottles are compact, yet durable and reusable than the usual single-use plastic bottles. Also, unlike the run-of-the-mill single use bottles, they can last for a lifetime with no foreseeable damage and wear and tear. Think of it as a more ecofriendly alternative to the ones that you can buy at the convenience store. In terms of your preferred content, you can put in protein shakes and other forms of refreshments in order to cool down within your preferred tropical getaway.

3) An Eco Bag

If you’re looking for a bigger option which you may carry around, then an Eco bag may just be the right choice for you. Eco bags are made from tough materials, which can hold an appropriate amount of items; useful, especially for those vacation days allotted for buying souvenirs. Of course, souvenirs and tourist memorabilia do not always come in the form of keychains and threaded wrist bands. Some are a lot bigger than those, not to mention, heavier, such as a mini statue of the country’s landmark, for example. If you are going to buy a bundle for your loved ones back at home, a strong Eco bag should do the trick. If you’re worried about carrying an Eco bag clear as day throughout your trip, don’t worry, as there is a variant which you can roll and tie up, compact enough to fit in your shoulder bag. The Sandy Eco Bag, for example, features this very same compact tie that unfolds into a useful bag whenever you’d need it. It also comes in multiple colors, so you’d at least be able to match your Eco bag with your outfit on the beach. This would also eliminate the need to purchase or ask for plastic bags, thus, lowering the number of disposables you’d be using for the whole trip.

With all of that being said, hopefully, everyone would include an eco-friendly resolution in their list this 2020, and proceed to consistently act on it. After all, the environment will always be connected to people. Without it, humans would have nothing to depend on. By the way, if you happen to be interested in any of the items mentioned above or are hoping to gift others with these eco-friendly alternatives to everyday disposables, than look no further than Gift Solutions, the top provider of customizable gifts and corporate giveaways in the Philippines. For more information, you may visit their website at