Travel is an important part of life’s experiences. The more you travel, the more you’ll learn and see, and the more wonderful opportunities you’ll have. The only issue with this is that travel can also be bad for the environment, and the more we do it, the worse the issue gets.
This seems to be something of a catch-22. It’s good to travel, but when we travel it becomes bad – for the environment, if nothing else. So, what can be done? The best plan is to try to travel in a more sustainable way. With that in mind, here are some ideas about how to go about doing just that.
Avoid Producing Waste
The United Nations Environment Program has reports that there are more than 4.8 million tonnes of solid waste produced by tourists every year. Of course, on top of that is any waste produced by transportation and accommodation. So clearly there is a big issue when it comes to travelling and the waste that comes from it. With this in mind, it’s crucial that every traveler becomes better at avoiding producing waste, or at the very least minimizing the waste they produce.
There are a number of ways to do this. When you’re eating, for example, don’t use disposable cutlery, but instead have your own metal versions with you. Plus, always take leftovers – not only will this eliminate food waste, but it will ensure you save money too, as leftovers are ideal lunches. Never use a straw with your drinks either – again, you can bring your own metal straw with you, or you can simply go without; they’re not necessary for most people. These are just two examples; there are plenty more.
Use Zero Waste Products
When you’re buying items to take on your holiday or travels with you, always look out for sustainable, zero waste items. Although you’ll need to take toiletries and clothing with you, if you can make sure it’s environmentally friendly, you’ll be making a difference. Sometimes the reason that people choose not to buy these items is that they can be more expensive. In that case, simply look out for an Earth Hero coupon or similar so you can save money and still buy environmentally friendly products.
So, what are zero waste products? Some examples include:
- Reusable tissues (or handkerchiefs)
- Eco-friendly shampoo and soap
- Non-toxic sunscreen
- Reusable cotton buds
- Eco-friendly toothpaste
Choose Eco-Conscious Accommodation
In the past when you were travelling, you might not have thought too hard about the accommodation you were booking. Apart from it being in your budget and close to whatever it was you wanted to see, that might have been it. However, if you want to be a more eco-friendly traveler, you’ll need to think much more carefully about your accommodation and ensure you are choosing eco-conscious places to stay. The kinds of things you need to look out for include places that offer to plant a tree for every person who stays with them, or those that have a zero waste or no plastic policy. Don’t be afraid to ask the questions you need answers to before booking somewhere to stay.