Easy Ways to Make Your Trip Eco-Friendly
Everywhere you travel you leave behind a carbon footprint. With higher awareness of this than ever, it’s good to know that by being conscious of a few small details during your trip, you can minimise this footprint.
Wherever you travel, eating locally grown food helps prevent global warming because it requires less fossil fuels to transport, generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions. As an example, think about the carbon footprint of a banana travelling from Central America to your local supermarket. The many stages of its journey each come with a cost to the environment.
Sampling local food is also a part of the joy of travel – whether it’s fish caught in the Mediterranean on the same day as eating or sampling a Thai rambutan fruit for the first time.
To demonstrate the varying impact of alcohol on the environment, let’s look at the carbon footprint of a pint of beer.
300g CO2e: locally brewed cask ale at the pub
500g CO2e: local bottled beer from a shop or foreign beer in a pub
900g CO2e: bottled beer from the shop, extensively transported
Therefore, drinking a local ale can slash your carbon footprint by two thirds, and you still get a delicious beverage!
One of the most exciting ways to sample locally produced drinks on your trip might be to visit a brewery, distillery or winery. Not only does this support the local economy, and the art of craft beer making, but you get to sample unique flavours and recipes you’ve never tasted before.
Use Public Transport
Taking public transport is one of the best things you can do for the environment when travelling. It means you’re not creating any additional carbon emissions from private transport. It will also add to your travel experience, providing you with opportunities to interact with locals.
Just imagine how proud of yourself you will feel after navigating a busy train station where everything is written in a foreign language! Plus you will see more of the local culture by cutting through the landscape on railway, or winding round local boroughs and villages on the bus.
Stay in an Eco-hotel
Perhaps the ultimate way to ensure your vacation is eco-friendly is to stay in sustainable accommodation. Eco-hotels and eco-lodges are more popular than ever. All eco-certified hotels must pass a detailed inspection and satisfy stringent criteria designed by environmental experts. These hotels are conscious of their carbon footprint in many ways; using energy saving light bulbs, conserving water with low-flow toilets and showers and using green non-toxic cleaning products, amongst other things. Travel companies such as ecobnb and greenpearls can help you find a green hotel in your dream destination.
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