Being eco-friendly is on almost everyone’s minds nowadays: recycling, saving water, driving hybrid cars, and drinking less bottled water.
But according to the Environmental Defense Fund flying is one of the least sustainable ways to travel.
So if you’re someone who tries to live a green life, it can be hard thinking that on a flight or traveling that this can be possible. But according to the NY Times, it can be. Here are 10 ways that they say you can go green while vacationing:
1. Offset Your Flight
Some airlines offer programs where you can go to their websites and determine a flight’s carbon footprint with a dollar figure. After doing so, you can donate either money or miles from that trip to a carbon reduction project.
2. Pack Less
Every little bit counts. Lighter luggage = lighter plane = less fuel outage. If you can leave a few pairs of your favorite shoes at home, than do so.
3. Use an E-Ticket Rather Than a Printed One
If you want to go green, there’s no easier way than not wasting paper. Nearly every airline has an app or way to get e-tickets nowadays, which both helps towards rainforest conservation, recycling, and shortens your time at the flight registration desk if you’re not having to print your ticket. You can even use your smartphone to scan onto the plane.
4. Do a Walking Tour
I’ve always said the best way to view a city is by foot. Rather than jumping on a tour bus, get out and take a walk. Explore a little. This also helps with lessening the carbon emission. Plenty of cities, including Memphis, have great, informational, and historical walking tours that you can take through some of the best parts of the city. Oftentimes, they’re free and just request a tip at the end! I’d suggest checking out TripAdvisor to find a walking tour of the next city you visit.
5. Have a Green Hotel Stay
Homesharing is one of the most arguably greener ways to travel. According to the NYTimes article,
“Airbnb has argued that home sharing is a greener option than hotels.”
Although this study was not scientific, many of its guests relied heavily on the idea that hotels use more energy, excrete more water, greenhouse gases, and waste compared to a large hotel. If you’re not afraid to home-share, then this could be the greener option for you.
6. Take a Reusable Water Bottle
From plastic to insulated to metal, there are tons of different reusable water bottles on the shelves of grocery and department stores today. Some even guarantee your water to stay cold without refrigeration for over 12 hours. Buying a reusable water bottle will save you money in the long-run and the environment damage from multiple disposed of plastic bottles.
7. Eat Local
This is not only good for the economy and environment, but it’s good for your intake of culture as well! Visit a farmer’s market on your next trip and buy the locally grown food. Buying locally grown food exposes you to the taste of the land around you as well as helps maintain farmland and green space.
8. Turn Off Technology
Save energy. If you’re not using your laptop or other devices, turn them off. This saves battery life and conserves using energy by charging them.
9. Choose Tours That Don’t Harm the Environment
According to the NY Times,
Find trips like these, and do a lot of walking, and you’re making major strides towards having a greener trip.
To read more about this article, visit the NT Times Travel article.