A guide to eco-friendly traveling
A guide to eco-friendly traveling:
Travelers are now, more than ever before booking ‘green’ eco-friendly accommodations. Here are a few ways so you can start your green journey and travel without feeling guilty about your carbon footprint.
Offset your emissions
Besides booking a ‘green’ accommodation there are other ways to reduce the impact of your travels on the environment. For example, you can reduce your CO2-emissions by offsetting your emissions. Find out how much carbon you “produced” on your trip and donate the monetary value to an organization like Carbonfund.org and TerraPass.com
Try eating less meat
The meat industry is one of the biggest polluters, you can also reduce your carbon footprint by eating less or no meat. So, when traveling this is an easy way to help the planet. Of course, It also makes a huge difference if you eat less or no animal products at home.
Take public transport or go by bike
By taking public transport you’re not creating additional carbon emissions. So, while on holiday taking public transport is one of the best things you can do and it will also add to your travel experience, it’s an opportunity to interact with and transport like locals. Or another way to explore your holiday destination is by taking a bike, this way you can choose your route and it’s good for you!
Bring your bottles, bags and sustainable products
Stop using your hotel’s mini shower gels and shampoos. This will only add to the pile of waste at your holiday destination. Instead, take your shower products with you in reusable bottles. And don’t forget to bring your water bottle that you can refill so you can say no to plastic!
Act in a hotel like you would at home
This is a great tip! At home, you also wouldn’t use clean towels when it’s not necessary. So, avoid this and reuse your towels. Don’t take long showers and always turn off lights, TV, and aircon when you leave your room.
Eating and drinking local foods help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to improving our carbon footprint. It also benefits the local economy. Be adventurous and try local foods!
When flying, every kilo counts. A heavy suitcase will make the airplane use more fuel so the more carbon emissions it will produce. Pack only what you need, and the environment will thank you.
Make sure you follow the local recycling rules. Ask about the recycling program when you are staying in a hotel or talk to your Airbnb host, to see what the local rules are.