Eco-Friendly Travel Tips For the Summer

May 8, 2020
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Saving resources and adopting greener practices is important when you’re traveling. By making a few small changes to the way in which you approach vacation, you can make a difference in the longevity and health of our planet. Let’s look at a 5 ways you can reduce your footprint and become a more eco-friendly traveler.

1. Bring your own water bottle
Plastic bottles are one of the largest pollution problems in many parts of the world. They require a lot of resources to make and cannot be recycled in all places. This is why it is important that you bring your own reusable water bottle when you travel. There are tons of reusable alternatives that you can feel good about and get a lot of use out of.

2. Turn off lights & AC/heater when not in use
If you are traveling somewhere hot, it can be tempting to leave the air conditioner running so that when you come back from a day of exploring, your room is nice and cool. But it’s important to shut off the lights and use your air conditioner wisely. Leaving them on when you’re not in the room needlessly consumes energy that is likely produced with fossil fuels, contributing to global climate change.

3. Consider your transportation
If possible, choose a fuel-efficient aircraft to get you to your destination. When you reach your destination, try to use public transit, if possible, rather than renting a car. By being conscious about your mode of transportation, you will help reduce your carbon footprint.

4. Use reef-friendly sunscreen
The number of sunscreens available for purchase is overwhelming to say the least. And the majority of these contain chemicals that can damage coral reefs and other natural habitats. Opt for a reef-friendly sunscreen when traveling to sunny spots

5. Don’t use the hotel trash can
Most hotel trash cans are lined with a plastic bag that housekeeping changes out and throws away each time they clean your room. This is extremely wasteful and hard on the environment. When possible, stay away from throwing things out in this trash can, instead take your trash to public receptacles.

These easy changes can make Summer travel good for you AND for Planet Earth!