Looking for ways to save the earth while you travel? Look no further! Here are 7 easy tips for making your travels a little greener.
Traveling with a water bottle is a great idea for two reasons.
- It will keep down the amount of plastic bottles, aluminum cans and disposable cups that are used and discarded.
- Since you won’t need to buy so many drinks, it will save you money.
Whether it’s buying food or items, buying local helps to support the economy of where you’re visiting. It also helps by cutting down on the pollution caused by having to transport food and goods.
When eating out, choose restaurants that use locally grown food.
One of the great things about staying in hostels is the use of a kitchen. Cooking your own meals rather than having to eat out all the time saves money and most cities have farmers markets that sell locally grown and made food items.
Use Public Transportation
Using public transportation cuts down on pollution and precious resources like gas and oil. It’s also a great way to experience a new place and spend time with locals. Using public transportation will also save you money.
Even better, when it’s possible, rent a bike. It’s an easy way to get around and great exercise.
Hang Dry Clothes
If you do laundry while you’re traveling, consider hanging up your clothes to dry rather than using a dryer. This will cut down on the amount of electricity you use.
Traveling with a reusable tote bag (cloth or nylon are great because they’re light and washable) can cut down considerably on the amount of plastic bags you use. Carry it with you and put your purchases directly in it rather than using a store bag.
The less your luggage weighs, the less fuel a plane will need to get off the ground or a bus or train will need to go. Plus, you won’t have to carry around a heavy backpack or suitcase once you arrive.
Reuse Towels and Sheets
Reuse your towel and sheets for several days rather than having them changed every day. This cuts down on the amount of water and electricity used.