Japan is an incredible country to visit. It has a rich history, breathtaking vistas and a unique culture. The people are extraordinarily polite & friendly, respect is a huge deal and service of all types is exemplary. Whether it be in a restaurant, at the train station or in a museum, workers go above and beyond to ensure your visit is unforgettable.
However, along side all of those positive things is one of the most wasteful societies I have ever visited. Japan is a country that is controlled by single use plastic and single use items. Nearly everything comes wrapped individually, every restaurant uses disposable utensils and take away plastic containers are abundant. It’s depressing to see a country so beautiful have such a disregard for their environment.
Having said all that, with a bit of thought, it is easy to avoid. Carry your own shopping bag (@boomerangbags
), coffee cup @keepcup
) chopsticks, cutlery etc. If you can’t avoid an item in plastic, ask yourself...Do I really need this? I bet the answer is no! One of the hardest times to be conscious of waste is while traveling but with a little bit of effort it really isn’t that hard!
What advice or tips do you have to help cut down on one’s impact while traveling? ————————————————————
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