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ZeroWaste April Update.

Traveling with a zero trash goal sure is challenging, but we’re doing all we can to stick to it.

April came and went in a flash. This month we managed to get a real count of our trash, which we’re updating monthly on Facebook.
You can see it below.

Our Zero waste tally this month. Trash:23 miscellaneous plastic bags10 granola/chocolate bar/cookie wrappers7 beer…

Posted by We Travel And Blog on Friday, May 1, 2015

As you can see, it’s been very difficult for us to source food which doesn’t come in plastic bags. Between the tortillas, bread, bagged veggies, etc… we had a plastic bag of some sort for almost every day of the month.

We started getting better by the end of the month at bringing our own containers to establishments. For example, you can get fresh tortillas right off the press in so many parts of Mexico, but they bag them. I started bringing a plate and asking them to put a dozen tortillas on them. I stored them in a re-used cranberry ziplock bag when I get back to the van. Some street vendors have pre-packaged food, like sun-dried fruit. 

Still the plastic bags remain an issue.

We finished our Costco box of granola bars. We now stick to nuts and dates. It’s hard to bake cookies in the van! by which I mean impossible. We’ll have to try harder to find non-grocery store cookies, or another alternative.

We had extra milk cartons this month from the puppy’s formula, but milk cartons remain difficult to deal with. We mostly drink almond milk, which can be homemade if you have a blender, but that’s not an option in the van. Still looking for a solution.

We kept some recyclables for almost a whole month looking for a place to dump them. Aluminum cans turned out to be really easy, we drop them off at metal scraps places, they take them willingly. Plastic and glass bottles proved to be impossible to recycle in Baja. Fortunately, we didn’t have any plastic bottles, and glass doesn’t have too hard of an impact on the environment, but from now on we’re going to have to stick to cans. Carrying recyclables is a space hog and it suffocates us.

If you would like to join us and pick up the challenge, please leave a comment below. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling or not!
If you’re already on a zero waste journey, what have you found to be challenging?


  1. I’m trying to inch towards zero waste as well :) My big dilemma is food packaging. Gah. Especially since all organic fruits and veg at the local shop are all completely wrapped in plastic! When I emailed the company they gave me a canned response about shopping carts and titled it, “Dear Javier, …” so yeah, don’t think they care too much!

    I’m going to invest in some produce bags soon that I’ll toss in my purse for on the go purchases. Good job guys in trying to keep it up! I’m about to release a post later in the week that outlines how I’ve been doing as well.
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