- I bring along a stainless steel tumbler to drink water etc from. If needed, I would also use it to hold water with tooth-brushing. Starbucks has a bring-your-own although I have yet to participate.
- Usually by the second day I would have a disposable cup from lunch to use with tooth-brushing. The hotels provide cups, whether glass or plastic, but I'd rather re-use a disposable cups a few times. One time I accidentally dropped a glass cup, ugh, all the more reason to re-purpose a cup from breakfast.
- If the hotel provides silverware and the office has cereals, I would borrow a spoon to go with breakfast at work.
- I take home all opened shampoo travel-sized bottles and unpacked bars of soaps for use at home. I have a good stack of them to last for a while.
- Whenever the option is there, I take mass transit to work, even though my employer provides a car for every trip. Even when I have to get from the airport, with luggages, to the hotel. It helps that I travel relatively light. A weekly pass for the local subway, when used to get to the hotel, saves money from a taxi ride, which burns oil.
- Most offices I visited have recycling bin for paper etc. As I picked up free magazines or touristy pamphlets, I brought them to the office for recycling.
- I always hang a Do-Not-Disturb sign and avoid having my room cleaned everyday. I re-use the hotel towels for the entire stay, which is mostly one week long. Another reason for the Do-Not-Disturb sign, "If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down. " I have nothing more to say on the topic.
15 February 2015
At my current job, I travel frequently. Every time I pack for the trip, I am tempted to plan to not bring back some clothes, as a way of getting rid of excess clothes. I don't buy clothes that often but I do inherit old ones from relatives and the collection grows slowly. So far I only actually left behind only some socks that became unfit. I also plan ahead and try to be a green traveler, by doing the following: