Bus Demolition Day 16: We Are Going Back to LA!

We couldn’t believe we were still working on the same jobs - cleaning the glue off the frame, rust removal and taking the seat rails out.  Check out our previous blogs for day 12, 13 and 14 if you want to see how we did this. After much trial and error we found a good method, even though it was a slow and tedious job. 

We had to take a  quick business trip to Los Angeles and it honestly came at a perfect time. We needed to step away from our frustrations with the demolition and take a little break.  Flying is not one of the most eco-friendly things you can do, but sometimes it is necessary and cannot be avoided. What we do try to do when we fly is reduce our waste on the flight.

Travel Edition: Reduce your waste

  1. BRING A REUSABLE COFFEE MUG AND WATER BOTTLE.
    They will have to be empty to get through security (this is true for the USA, some countries might have different rules for local travel) but once you are through TSA there will likely be a coffee shop or restaurant that you can purchase your hot drink and ask for it to be put directly into your mug.  If you make a purchase they are more likely to say yes to filling up your water bottle too.
  2. LOOK OUT FOR WATER REFILL STATIONS.  
    I have found a lot of airports in the US now have these located next to the restrooms. 
  3. SAY NO to the complementary but wasteful snacks and refreshments offered on flights in single use containers.
  4. PACK YOUR OWN FOOD AND SNACKS in reusable containers.
  5. BRING YOUR OWN CUTLERY AND CLOTH NAPKIN.
    I try to pack food that I can eat with my hands like a sandwich, nuts, fruit etc. But if I do need a knife and fork that won’t be considered a weapon I use compostable bamboo cutlery.
  6. USE REUSABLE STASHER BAGS FOR YOUR CARRY ON LIQUIDS instead of ziploc bags.  Reuse those ziplocs bags until they have lived their best life and then replace them with stasher bags which should last much longer and can be recycled once they reach the end of their lives.

If you have any other travel tips, please comment below and share your ideas!

It was great to get a break from the bus build and see some friends and family while we were in Los Angeles, especially since the past few days have been so tough.  We were happy to head back to our bus and this trip helped affirm our decision for this lifestyle change.  

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Up Next
We knuckle back down to work and get into the last phase of the bus demolition.

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Stasher Bags
​100% pure non-toxic platinum silicone: the world's first fully functional, self-sealing, non-plastic bag. Plus unlike traditional plastic bags, Stasher bags contain no BPA, no PVC, and no latex. Keep your food safe from contaminants in Stasher bags!



Bamboo Cutlery
Biodegradable, compostable, sustainable, and comes in plastic-free and recyclable packaging! No metal so easy to take through airport security,

Bees Wraps
Made of organic cotton and bees' wax, Bees Wraps are one of the best solutions we found for replacing many our single use plastic products is Beeswax wraps.

Stainless Steel Containers
We are moving away from our Tupperwares when they wears out and turning to stainless steel containers.  They have a silicon seal so are airtight in the fridge or freezer.

Mason Jars
We do upcycle our jars we get from the grocery, but there is nothing as reliable as a Mason Jar! We're not the only ones who love using mason jars - check out all the things people are doing with jars on pinterest.

Mason Jar Lids
Mason Jars can last for generations. But the lids will need to be changed. When we buy new lids for our jars we choose to shop for BPA free lids.

By Mela & Don

Mela and Don are sharing their journey as they make conscious decisions to live a more healthy, environmentally friendly life together.

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