North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Leland On February - 22 - 2016 0 Comment

The biggest trend right now is to go green. You can find helpful eco-friendly tips just about anywhere now for just about anything you want to do. It’s amazing how even the smallest changes you make to your daily routine can affect the planet.

Traveling is one of the largest producers of wasted, carbon emissions, and harmful outcomes that ultimately affect our planet. We’ve constructed a helpful guide for traveling green and reducing your carbon footprint on the Earth.

  1. Road Trip vs. Flying

There’s a long heated debate about what is better: flying or driving. If you’re traveling with many people and the distance is within driving distance, consider taking a road trip and carpooling. If you’re traveling by yourself, fly. It’s more eco-friendly to fly by yourself than it is to drive.

  1. Fly with an IATA

Fly with one of the many IATA (International Air Transport Association) member airlines available. These associations invest in carbon reduction projects to offset their carbon emission as an aircraft. Think of it like this: it’s the along the same concept of planting a tree for every piece of paper you use.

  1. Book a non-stop flight.

Most of an aircraft’s carbon emissions come from take-offs and landings. You can reduce this by taking flights that are straight shots, rather than connecting. It’s also much more convenient to travel this way.

  1. Need to rent a car? Rent a hybrid or electric vehicle.

Cars that require gas are extremely harmful on the environment. Hybrid or electric vehicles use less fuel and therefore produce less carbon emissions.

  1. Stay at hotels with recycling

Simple enough. Inquire if the hotel you are booking has a recycling program. This means they typically also have trash cans and recycle bins in each room.

  1. Inquire what the hotel’s sustainability practices are.

Does the hotel use solar power? Wind turbines? Rainwater harvesting? Do they use energy-efficient lighting? These are all things you can support by booking rooms at these hotels instead.

  1. Stay at a hotel that uses local resources.

Local resources require less shipping and packaging methods, therefore produce less carbon emissions. This also goes for local staff, meaning they don’t have to fly or drive employees to their location.

  1. Take showers, instead of baths while traveling.

Sometimes we want to take advantage of the many options we have while traveling, including water resources. Instead of bathing in a bath tub at the hotel, take a shower instead. And take shorter showers, too. This uses less water.

  1. Hang towels after use.

Hotel staff will take towels that are on the floor and rewash them. Hang them up to let staff know that you are still using them or would like to reuse them. It’s unnecessary to wash towels when they’ve only been used once.

  1. Take public transportation.

Bike, take a bus, or walk wherever you’re going on vacation. Enjoy the great outdoors, while also reducing your carbon footprint. It’s also cheaper than gas.

  1. Buy locally produced products.

Support the local economy by buying local products than have not been imported. Imports that are flown or shipped have a much larger impact on the earth.

  1. Take an eco-tour trip.

Eco-tours a major consumer trend right now. Whether it’s scuba diving, snorkeling, or a nature hike, find a tour company that has sustainable practices.

  1. Keep a respectable distance from wildlife.

It’s easy to want to take photos with wildlife and Instagram pictures of yourself with a bear, but there’s a reason these animals are wildlife. Keep a distance and admire from a distance.

  1. itra14Be wise with hiking trips.

Planning a hiking trip? Research the weather and terrain. It’s the safest thing to do for yourself. If you catch yourself in danger without having researched the area, you might require a ranger rescue which drains resources.

  1. Be a traveler, not a tourist.

Lastly, change your outlook on traveling. Learn the local language, honor local traditions, and give back to the community in a way that will positively affect the planet.

This post was provided by an eco-friendly Wisconsin bed and breakfast, Pinehurst Inn, which practices sustainability and traveling green.


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