The travel industry is the fastest growing industry in the world. With many forms of transportation and a booming economy, it’s no surprise that more people are seeking travel for pleasure, business, and everything in between. The sad part, though, is that with each arrival and departure, a big ecological footprint is left. However, there is no need to fear- all it takes is a few simple changes to make that footprint smaller. Check out these tips to be green and help save the world! You’ll be surprised at just how simple it is to have a better impact on the world.
Pick an Eco-Friendly Hotel
Picking an eco-friendly place to stay is a great way to travel green. Find one that recycles and uses efficient light bulbs and other earth-friendly forms of electricity like solar or hydroelectric power.
Bring a Water Bottle
Plastic bottles create a ton of waste. Bring your own refillable stainless steel water bottles for your drinking pleasure. Plus, they keep water cooler longer.
Natural Sunscreen and Soap
Soap and sunscreen can hurt the environment. Some of the chemicals in them don’t set well with natural environments. Try using a biodegradable version of each one.
The cost of shipping food to high-traveled areas can be high in price, both in currency and in the toll it takes on the earth. Keep it local to support the economy and land.
Use Trash Bins in the Lobby
Every time the maid comes to clean out your hotel room trash, a new plastic bag is disposed. If you keep it empty by bring trash to the lobby trash can, this saves a plastic bag. Using a”Do Not Disturb” sign can help as well. Your towels and bedding don’t need to be washed daily.
Turn off the lights and AC/heating when leaving your hotel room. While it’s nice to come back to a perfectly heated or cooled room, the electricity wasted is not worth it. Also, make sure to turn off all the lights at home before you leave home. Unplug appliances, such as your television and microwave, which use power even when turned off.
Shorten Your Shower
Shorting bathing time by even just a minute can save hundreds to thousands of gallons of water each year. Do this at home, as well as during your travels.
Rent Eco-Friendly Cars
If you must rent a car, choose the smallest one or a hybrid to save on gasoline and fumes that are harmful to the environment.
Sometimes when staying in other countries you may encounter a variety of pests, particularly if the culture has different hygiene standards. Sugar ants are among the most common that you will find in hotel rooms and hostels. However, don’t fear, there are natural ways to eliminate sugar ants.
If it’s possible, take a bike or walk to more locations when traveling. Tourists waste a ton of gas stopping and going in towns and while sightseeing. Walking helps save bad emissions from being leached into the environment.
Most importantly of all the steps though is to enjoy nature and remind yourself why you are trying to be green in the first place. Our world is an important place and taking in its beauty is an significant aspect of keeping it clean. Remember that traveling the eco-friendly way can be simple and fun. It only takes one person to make a difference.