Five tips for travelling green

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travel tipsThe 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.

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Alex Kisiri Alex Kisiri

Working as a freelance journalist and blogger since 2011, gaining experience in producing content for various media outlets, as well as effectively making use of social media platforms to not only get the message across, but also to engage people in conversation. I also specialize in motoring journalism, having written about cars and the motoring industry in some form or another for nearly 10 years. Flexible, always looking for new challenges, and always ready to learn.

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