How to Help the Environment While Traveling


Did you know that the travel industry is the fastest growing industry in the world? According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, last year alone saw over 175 million international arrivals worldwide.1 With so many people coming and going you can imagine what that looks like in the form of pollution and waste. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize each traveler’s impact on the environment, not just on Earth Day, but every day.

  • When booking travel: Book electronic tickets and then bring up the ticket on your smartphone when the airline attendant needs to scan it. It also helps to book non-stop flights whenever you can. Just imagine what it would amount to if every traveler did this – we’d save a lot of trees and have a positive impact on the environment.
  • Hotel Selection: Make sure that the hotel you select is close to public transportation, so you don’t need to rent a car, which would result in more emissions cast into the atmosphere. In addition, make sure the hotel you stay at carries an environmental certification – this means that they are doing all that they can to be “green” and help protect the environment.
  • Before you leave: Be sure that all your major appliances are unplugged (TVs, DVD players, toasters, microwaves, etc.). Set your thermostat and water heater at low or “off” while you are away, so that energy is not wasted.
  • What to pack: Use refillable bottles for hygiene products like body wash, shampoo and conditioner. Remember a reusable water bottle so you don’t need to constantly stop and buy water in bottles.
  • Lights out: Remember to turn the lights out when you leave your hotel room and lower the thermostat if you will be gone for a while.
  • Buy locally produced products: Do your part in reducing the pollution required to import goods from other places. Better yet, frequent the local farmer’s market and bring the goods back to your hotel to munch on.

For more advice on how to travel green, click here.

 

1 http://www.epa.gov/region1/communities/traveltips.html

 

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