Several years before we learned of the zero waste movement, the idea of purchasing souvenirs during a trip was abandoned. With the exception of one small painting, all the souvenirs we bought over the years were tossed at some point. T Shirts. Pens. Trinkets. These days we will either buy a consumable--local homemade jam, cheese, bread hot from the oven—or another painting by a local artist.
Another idea someone passed along—buy the T Shirt from your second store before the trip. Enjoy it and donate it again.