A Difficult Road: Trying To Be Zero Waste When You’re Always On The Move

zero waste while on the move

It’s hard enough when you’re always on the go to be economical and to operate with an environmental sensibility, especially when you use so much gas that negatively impacts your carbon footprint. In many ways, it’s better for you to stay in one place so you can be as zero waste as possible. Many people start from their kitchen, and, slowly, it encompasses the entire household. But what about those people that need to be on the move? Is there any way to be zero waste?

The Mindset

For anybody that’s doing their best to be zero waste when they’re on the move, there’s no point in beating yourself up if you can’t do it all the time, but as long as you get into the correct mindset of making the most of your limited resources you’re doing the best you can. Because you’re on the move all of the time, this negatively impacts your carbon footprint, but you can find other ways to offset this. For example, the various offers of free gas that you can take advantage of can minimize your excessive finances. Because gas is a necessity when you’re on the move, it’s about balancing out the waste you make overall, by minimizing other parts you have control over.

Hoarding (On Board)

Keeping as many items as possible that require recycling in your vehicle (when there’s no recycling point to be seen for hundreds of miles) is the best way to be as zero waste as possible. Getting into the habit of keeping these items and offloading them at recycling points will make sure you’re doing your bit while on the road. While most places offer recycling facilities, there are still gas stations that don’t. The best way for you to be sure that the items that need recycling are being done so is for you to hang on to them.


And there are a few simple methods for you to minimize your waste while on the move. Using everything as much as you can, or making food go longer, by making the most of adequate storage, can help to reduce your carbon footprint. Because of the number of miles that you will cover, the temptation is always to eat in a roadside cafe. By all means, you can do this as a treat, but being conscious of how far the ingredients have come to the cafe should form part of your decision-making. Nowadays, there are some organic eateries that make the most of local produce, and this could form part of your journey. But for the most part, if you can hole up at a campsite and cook a batch of food for you to take away, you’ll make good headway in minimizing your carbon footprint.

It’s not easy to be zero waste when you’re always on the go and traveling around. You can use up quite a lot of gas while you’re on the move, so if you can take the opportunity to find other ways to minimize your carbon footprint, this will go a long way to becoming zero waste.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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