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Five tips for travelling green
The holiday season is upon us and the excitement of visiting new places beckons. You would like to travel, however, with as little environmental damage as possible.
As much as we enjoy travelling, it has a negative environmental impact. Luckily, there are many measures you can take to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are five effective ones suggested by 20 minutes:
Use eco-friendly travel
Air and car travel contribute greatly to CO2 emissions. Avoid using planes for destinations with short travel times, and favour using trains or buses. If you are travelling long-distance, consider purchasing a CO2 offset package with your airline, such as myclimate.
Is your accommodation wasteful?
Many hotels run wasteful air conditioning units, and even waste a lot of water in regions where it is scarce. For example, through the use of swimming pools, hot tubs and even bathtubs. Opting for an “eco hotel” is a good way of reducing your environmental impact without necessarily sacrificing on the comfort found in other hotels. Eco hotels take several measures to ensure a green way of operating, such as using renewable energy sources, serving organic food grown locally, and using non-toxic cleaning products for housekeeping.
Try vegetarian dishes
The energy used in getting meat products to market is higher than that used with fruit and vegetables. Packing meat in plastics and storing them in refrigerated units have a greater effect on the environment than fruit and vegetables grown locally and in season.
Avoid creating waste
One of the biggest environmental hazards is plastic bags – favour using bag packs when shopping instead of the plastic bags offered. Also, think of having local takeaways pour sauces directly on your food instead of putting them in little plastic packets.
Power down your house
Before embarking on your new adventure, remember to disconnect as much electrical equipment from sockets as possible, such as your television, wifi-router, and microwave. Not only does this reduce energy consumption, but it also reduces the risk of fire.