Cutting down on the amount of waste you create can go a long way to helping keep New Zealand clean. Try the following tips to reduce your waste as you’re travelling.
Pack a reusable drink bottle
In New Zealand, an estimated 828 million single-use plastic bottles are thrown away every year. Help to cut down on the amount of plastic bottles going into landfills, recycling, or the environment, by using a drink bottle.
Tap water in New Zealand is safe to drink anywhere in the country. You can refill your bottle from the many public drinking fountains, or in cafes where water is provided free of charge, or from the tap in your accommodation.
RefillNZ(opens in new window) even has a database of free refill stations, where you can fill your drink bottle with safe drinking water.
By carrying a reusable drink bottle, you can cut down on the amount of plastic waste you create and save money at the same time.
Carry your own cutlery
You can reduce your waste by carrying your own knife, fork, and spoon. It’s handy to have a cutlery set when camping in the wilderness, but also when getting takeaway meals in the city – refusing single-use plastic cutlery is a great way to travel more sustainably.
Carry a reusable bag
Plastic bags were banned in New Zealand in 2019. While paper bags are available, they still have an environmental impact. Make supermarket shopping easier and greener by carrying a reusable bag.
Replace single-use plastic or paper produce bags with your own reusable bags. You can also shop in local farmers markets to reduce the amount of packaging you go through and support local growers at the same time.