With 10 days away in Vietnam, I have a hybrid waste weigh in post. I weighed the trash before I left Friday week ago, and let my house sitting brother free for all with a new liner. I came home to all empty bins, and started the count again from Monday. Only I’d be sad that the bathroom and bedroom bins were emptied without weighing them, wouldn’t I? Silly I know.
Friday’s weigh in was 161g. Then today I weighed in at a hefty 347g which included 3 months worth of dryer lint and vacuum fluff that’s been hanging out in the laundry. Total: 508g
Oh my, travelling is far from a zero waste endeavor! I took the stainless steel water bottle I have, but it was useless. It’s hard to get filtered water, so you end up being given water (usually 300ml, which is half a ‘normal’ bottle in Australia) or buying it. And with planes, there’s constant surrendering of filled bottled. I hated all the plastic bottles, and all their plastic shrink wrapped necks, but at the same time, I couldn’t risk my health.
Thankfully, most people seemed ok when I said ‘no plastic bag’ when buying at the supermarket or in the markets. Thankfully a friend (and reader) gave me a collapsible bag made of parachute material – incredibly light and strong, and it worked a treat. When in my handbag, I don’t notice it, but is so much better than another single use bag! The BF was also pretty good at also asking for no bag (he was mighty proud of that), but a few did slip in, which is as to be expected. Oh, and the super markets have bulk rice! Seriously, just scoop it up from a big bin!
Thankfully, a low cost carrier meant no added freebies, so I did without plastic wrapped eye masks or blankets. Sure they exist, but most people opted out of the ‘pay to use’ items.
We did have a lot of Starbucks (shame on us, I know, but they are air conditioned and have great toilets and free wifi), so we used a lot single use cups, with straws. So many straws on our trip, for boys and for girls! Can anyone see how addicted I am to pineapple based drinks? (There were many mojitos, just no photos of them it would seem!)
So there you have it, a weighty weigh in for what was a shortened week over a fortnight (anyone confused yet?). So tell me readers, what’s your favourite cocktails or mixed drink?