Long haul flights can be a real drag. Fifteen hours of cramped conditions, dry and fart laden air and to top it all off, it’s a bloody throwaway plastic nightmare, if you’re that way inclined. Hubalini and I have strived and strived to reduce out plastic footprint. Taking it to the next level of dedication we have even subjected our locks to the Bicarbonate Of Soda method, which left us both with hair Chaka Khan would be proud of. Not however a good look for a mere mortal.

Caught up in pre-holiday excitement we totally dropped the non plastic ball and unprepared we were greeted by an absolute barrage of waste. It was the biggest fail in the history of fails. It was like a bad joke, only we had to laugh, otherwise I might have cried. Plastic cups, plastic salad bowls, towels wrapped in plastic and plastic cutlery wrapped in plastic, it was a full blown plastic Armageddon.

Go on...hand it over!

Go on…hand it over!

When I attempted to retain my cup or knife and fork for a second use, the moment I fell into an awkwardly positioned sleep it would be cruelly swiped away. If I was awake I would usually end up in a wrestling match as I fumbled to explain my motif for harboring used cutlery. This I would usually LOSE.

In preparation for our next visit overseas I have done my research. Here are a few useful products to make your flight just a shade more environmentally friendly (and ease your conscious over the tons of aviation fuel being pumped into the ozone)

Re-usable Cutlery – re-usable for ANY occasion! Bloody marvelous! To-Go-Ware do a good set.  Check out these bamboo badboys HERE

RePEaT-Family-LR1
If you aren’t planning on leaving the country and running the gauntlet that is Airport security and customs, you could just keep a set of regular cutlery in your bag. Etsy have a few ingenious cutlery carrying packs, all handmade and rather cute. Have a gander HERE.

il_fullxfull.277209545

Re-usable coffee cups – Also good for water, juice, tea, carrying goldfish, soup and beer. Our favourite is Melbourne based Hook Turn Industries. Made from food grade silicon, damn good looking and run by three lovely ladies dedicated to making positive change, what more could you want in a cup!?
Check em out HERE. All-4-pastel-colours

Lunchbox – take your own food, how about that?! On flight food is basically a load of crap anyway and the evil stuff tends to stay with you for days, impeding on your holiday fun times.

Yum. The photos 80's colour grade also reflects the nutritional value.

Yum. The 80’s color grade in this picture also reflects the meals nutritional value.

Eat light, its not like you’re running a marathon, its more like a sit-on-your-ass-athon. Nuts and dried fruit are good, and noodles, sarnies, pasta salads or some kind of cous cous arrangement.

Lunchbots make awesome stainless steel food containers. The only problem is the astronomical price. Whilst I struggle to get my writing career pumping and save some cash, my food will continue to absorb the plastic chemicals from my re-used take away containers.

Lunchbots are available HERE in the UK, and HERE in Australia. They’re available in a range of jazzy colors too.

NewLunchBots

Lunchbots – So expensive you might presume they also make your lunch