…these are all terms that we hear regularly in our modern society which we’re told is on the brink of environmental melt down.
With a little forward planning and determination you can reduce your carbon footprint and recycle toxic waste in your day to day life, but what happens when you travel?
While living with a focus on sustainability can be achieved at home how can you maintain the same ethos when you travel?
As perpetual travellers ourselves we’re always on the lookout for ways to minimise the effect our adventures have on the environment so we’ve compiled some of the best innovative eco ideas to help us achieve a more sustainable nomadic existence.
Plan your visit around cultural festivals and support local initiatives.
Take the time to volunteer with a charitable organisation and give something back during your stay.
Try and take only photos and leave only footprints, however be respectful if taking images of local people or at religious festivals.
Rather than heading to the local chain of department stores or supermarkets, buy local produce and use local services. Strive to spend your money within the local community rather than lining the pockets of corporate companies.
This is of course a personal preference but I believe giving money to beggars you may come across is not the most sustainable way to assists them. Buying them a small meal or donating to a local initiative set up to assist can be a more productive effort.
Do not buy any products that are sourced from endangered animals, aid in habitat destruction or the exploitation of children.
Never collect local resources such as shells, plants and animals. Dead or alive.
Respect local customs and conduct yourself in a polite manner.
Go paperless. Very rarely do we need printed tickets and itineraries. Reduce waste and hug a tree by keeping both in digital form on your tablet or portable device.
Vote with your feet when it comes to supporting sustainable tourism. Take the time to research which companies in the area are eco-friendly and taking steps to reduce any negative impact their business has on the environment.
Use local and public transport or walk while at your destination.
Remember to conserve water and electricity just as you would at home.
Don’t forget to switch off at home. Turn off all electrical appliances, lights, chargers etc when you go away. You could save over 10% of your monthly bill.
THERE”S AN APP FOR THAT
There are a growing number of resources on offer to assist the savvy eco minded and apps are just one way to get relevant recycling info wherever you are in the world.
Before you leave home take the time to research eco-apps relevant to your destination and familiarise yourself with their format.
Here are 2 of our favourites.
GREEN TRAVEL CHOICE
Green Travel Choice utilises GPS to offer you savvy eco advice regarding travel to and from your destination.
From hoping aboard the train and travelling half way across the country, to whether or not to take a taxi or the bus, this app has the answer and will guilt trip you into reducing your carbon footprint with its heart breaking set of stats.
iRecycle allows you to search the locale for locations at which to recycle practically everything.
Simply choose from more than 1,600,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials and never throw away recyclable waste again.
We hope you’ve found our collection of tree hugging travel tips of use.
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Is sustainability something you consider when you travel? What are your top tips for eco-friendly travel?