Every day we encounter so many opportunities to consume single-use plastics; from our morning coffee to our bottle of water and utensils at lunch. Not to mention, when we’re camping it can seem like an easy option to take disposable items, but the environmental impact that single-use products have, will make you think more about sustainable camping and ‘Leave No Trace‘ hiking options. It can be hard to say no to these disposable products as they are so ingrained into our daily routines. Luckily there are many simple ways to make your day more sustainable and be kind to the environment. We have popped together a list of our top tips and products for a sustainable lifestyle.

1. Reusable Coffee Cups

Starting your day with a coffee or hot drink is apart of many of peoples routines, but did you know that your disposable coffee cup is normally not recyclable? This is due to the coating on the inside of the paper which keeps the liquid in. Each day our coffee cups are ending up in landfills, creating massive amounts of waste. Just think, if you buy a coffee every weekday that is around 260 coffee cups a year going into landfills from one person alone! Reusable coffee cups are becoming increasingly popular and some cafes even offer a discount to customers who bring in their own cup. You can check to see if your local cafe offers a discount by heading to the Responsible Cafes website.
We recommend an insulated reusable coffee cup as it allows your coffee to stay hotter for longer; meaning that you don’t need to ask the cafe for extra hot milk (avoiding that burnt milk taste) and your drink will still be nice and hot by the time you reach your desk. You can also prepare your coffee at home and keep hot until you are out on the trail. Our pick is the CamelBak Hot Vacuum Bottle as it is lightweight, stylish and leak-proof; meaning that you can pop it in your bag with no risk of spills. 

CamelBak Hot Cap Vacuum Stainless 350ml Bottle


2. Reusable Straws

Straws can be hard to give up, but when you think about the fact that every piece of plastic that you have ever used, including your straws, still exist today, it can be a little easier. But we understand there are times when you just want to use a straw, whether it’s for your smoothie or takeaway drink there are times when they are very useful. Luckily there are reusable straws available to make your day a little more sustainable. Our pick is the Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Straws as the bottom is made from metal allowing for the straw to stay open, no matter how thick your milkshake is, and the top is made from silicone meaning you don’t get that metallic taste or hard feeling on your teeth. The two pieces join together in the middle making them even easier to clean.

Klean Kanteen 5 Piece Stainless Steel Straw Set - Black


3. Reusable Cutlery

When you’re getting takeaway or out for lunch, disposable plastic cutlery is sometimes very hard to avoid. Unfortunately, many restaurants and cafes don’t have biodegradable or reusable options, so unless you want to eat your salad with your fingers, you’re going to use a disposable fork. Popping a reusable fork, knife and spoon, or even a spork into your bag is an easy way to always be prepared for a meal out. When reaching for reusable cutlery our pick is the Sea to Summit Alpha Light Cutlery set so we are ready for any meal, but if you are just looking for a one implement to do it all the Alpha Light Spork is your best bet. They are super light and thin allowing them to fit into the smallest of bags and even come with a carabiner to keep them all together.Sea to Summit Alpha Cutlery

4. Food Storage Containers

Storing food in a reusable container is such a great way to bring your own meals from home and save on waste in many ways. For instance, bringing a meal from home means no takeaway food packaging is needed, putting your food into an airtight container allows it to last longer reducing food waste and sealing it in a container instead of covering it plastic wrap means less plastic waste. Our choice for reusable storage containers is the Klean Kanteen Insulated Food Cannister, as it keeps hot food hot for up to 4 hours and cold food cold for up to 12. It’s great for work or an adventurous day hike when you want a hot lunch. It is also airtight, leakproof and shatterproof so no more spills inside your bag and it’s even dishwasher safe (on the top rack).


Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Food Canister 16oz

5. Reusable Water Bottles

Lastly we have the one that we all know about but still fall victim to… the water bottle! You’re out and about and all of a sudden feel thirsty, that temptation to buy a bottle is there. But hold on, before you buy that plastic water bottle remember the point from earlier, every piece of plastic that you have ever used still exists today! One million, plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and that number is expected to rise another 20% by 2021! How sad is that? When you think about it like that, it suddenly seems a lot easier to remember your reusable water bottle. In terms of reusable bottles, our go to is the CamelBak Eddy Bottle as it has an inbuilt straw, wide mouth so it can be filled with ice blocks or other additions and has a loop on the cap meaning that you can clip it to your pack so you don’t forget to bring it with you no matter what the adventure is!

CamelBak Eddy+ 1000ml Bottle


We hope that after reading this you are more inspired to make your day a little more sustainable. We would love to hear any tips or tricks that you use to make your daily routine a little more environmentally friendly.

#ExperienceIsEverything | #PaddyPallin

About The Author


Some 80 years ago, a young bushwalker's dissatisfaction with the limited and heavy bushwalking equipment available prompted him to design and make his own. Before long, word spread, and Paddy Pallin's lightweight, functional designs were soon in demand among fellow bushwalkers. From its early days the company has concentrated on supplying bushwalkers, travellers and adventurers with the highest quality and most advanced products and knowledge. Since 1930 the company has grown to become Australia's leading supplier of specialist outdoor and travel gear. The company, still owned by the Pallin family, now has thirteen stores throughout Australia as well as online, mail order and corporate sales divisions. We are using our vast wealth of knowledge, and experience, to build an online community where we can share our stories, reviews and tech tips to help you research and plan your next adventure.

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