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Flying plastic-free - 11 tips for your flight without plastic

Flying plastic free is a real challenge. Anyone who sits on a plane from time to time knows this. Because every passenger produces an incredible amount of plastic waste within a few hours on an airplane. Even a sip Water is again in a sealed plastic cup on the tray. That's why today I'm giving you essential tips to help you fly without plastic.

Fly plastic-free - your journey without plastic

As you're about to discover, preparation is everything in this case. On the ground, you can find a thousand plastic-free alternatives to Avoid plastic waste. Getting by without plastic on a long-haul flight for over 10 hours is not possible without preparation. Unless you have your own jet or your own airline 😉.

If that's not the case, here are my best tips for flying plastic-free:

Take empty water bottle with you

Flying in the airplane without plastic

That's right, an EMPTY water bottle. A full bottle won't get you through the inspection, because then you have to drink it all or throw it away. In the sense of Zero Waste you should then drink it and that probably means that you have to go to the toilet all the time afterwards. So to ensure that you can fly carefree and plastic-free, the drinking bottle should be empty and made of stainless steel or glass, for example. I like the Soulbottles glass bottles with pleasure.

Pack food in lunch box

Flying in the airplane without plastic

Why take a container with you on the plane? A mason jar and lunch box (each with a lid) are great for filling with snacks to go at the airport or simply beforehand. This will get you through airport security and, ideally, you'll have your own prepared food with you. So you can spend the whole Avoid plastic waste. And let's be honest: everything tastes better than the airplane food from the sealed plastic trays.

Take plastic free napkin

Flying in the airplane without plastic

There are napkins on the plane, but normally only for eating from the plastic bowls. We want to avoid this plastic waste. With the plastic free linen fabric napkin you have your own washable napkin with you, as well as protection for your food in the stainless steel tin or preserving jar. Simply wrap the container in the napkin and nothing will break.

Pack your own wooden cutlery

Flying in the airplane without plastic

With the Wooden cutlery from Papstar you are on the safe side. You can get through the airport checkpoint without any problems and use it to eat the food you brought with you and bought at the airport. Alternatively, you can also ask for stainless steel cutlery on the plane or bring it with you. this spork (fork, spoon and knife in one). But I can't guarantee that you'll get through airport security just as easily.

Have cloth handkerchief with you

Flying in the airplane without plastic

Is that really necessary if I already have a napkin with me? I think so! You'll certainly notice if you've blown yourself dry with a cloth towel and then want to wipe your mouth with it. Unhygienic and you can't wash it at any time. That's why I recommend using a cloth wipe in addition to the napkin. Fabric handkerchief to take with you.

Bring your own cup

Flying in the airplane without plastic

In addition to the plastic-free drinking bottle, you should also use a Cup without plastic take with you on the plane. Because the bottle is usually not empty. You can have hot tea or other drinks poured into the cup if you have chosen a good airline. I like the stainless steel cups with wooden handles, but basically your favorite cup from home will do just as well.

Technology instead of paperwork

Flying in the airplane without plastic

You should definitely not change your technique, such as Kindle eReader and smartphone. Because they help you save unnecessary weight for many books and save you a lot of paper waste from printed maps etc. You can easily take the technology with you on the plane and load many of your favorite books onto your eReader at the airport. These Zero Waste Appscan also help you. Everything digital instead of paper.

Wooden toothbrush in hand luggage

Flying in the airplane without plastic

I am supposed toWooden toothbrushwith me on the plane so that I can fly plastic-free? Yes, that's right! Because anyone who has ever been stuck at an airport for an unplanned period of time knows that a toothbrush in your hand luggage can't hurt. Before you have to buy a new plastic toothbrush at the airport, you should simply take yourPlastic-free wooden toothbrushon the plane.

Think about toothbrush tablets

Plastic free bath - wooden toothbrush

Getting toothpaste on the plane is very unlikely. You should also take your Toothpaste prefer to make yourselfinstead of buying artificial, contaminated toothpaste. The Toothbrush tablets are the best alternative for flying plastic-free. You can simply take them in a jar with you through airport security and onto the plane.

Take headphones with you

Plastic free flying take along headphones

Headphones usually last forever. On airplanes, you usually get headphones wrapped in plastic for one flight, which are then thrown away. What kind of nonsense is that? Just take your own headphones with you on the plane so that you don't produce any plastic waste. Sometimes the headphone connection on the plane is different, but then you just listen to music from your smartphone or laptop. In any case, you should consider the issue of headphones so that you can fly plastic-free.

Passion not forgotten

Flying in the airplane without plastic

No matter how much motivation and passion you have for the zero waste lifestyle, your attitude will be put to the test on an airplane. Because flying plastic-free sounds easy, but it's really hard and requires motivation. In the article Plastic waste in the environment you get enough of it! So you remain steadfast and pull your plastic free life even on the plane.

Flying plastic-free? Does that work?

And whether it works. As you have noticed, flying without plastic or without plastic waste requires a certain amount of preparation, but even that is in place after the first time. Flying plastic-free is a real challenge for all fans of the Zero Waste Lifestyle. If you can do it, you're an absolute pro. But I think you can fly plastic-free very well with the tips mentioned. I look forward to your experiences, ideas or questions. Just write me a comment below this article.

Stay clean,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS.: In the article Sustainable travel there are still a lot of ideas to make not only your flight, but also your entire trip plastic-free & sustainable. Oh and use this 15€ voucher for Booking.comif you would like to book a trip again. Have fun!

PPS: Have a look at the article about sustainable flying - where you can get more tips on how to stay as sustainable as possible despite the flight.

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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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