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How to Be an Eco-Friendly Traveller

Many of us love to travel, but very few consider the impact that our annual holiday or cheeky weekend getaway has on the environment. With rising methane and carbon dioxide emissions contributing to the devastating effects of global warming, it’s time we started to become more conscious of our decisions when travelling.

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Don’t Buy One-Use Plastics

One-use plastics have a long history of being bad for the environment, they are one of the largest and most wasteful uses of plastics on the planet. It is estimated that a million plastic bottles are wasted every minute, and all of these bottles end up either in landfills or in the ocean, wreaking havoc on the local wildlife. When we’re at home and in our natural environments, it’s easier to use re-fillable water bottles, but when travelling, many people end up buying lots of unnecessary plastic that could have been avoided. Not only is buying one-use plastics wasteful, but it is also much more expensive, so switching to a refillable water bottle for your travels could end up selling you quite a bit of money to be otherwise spent on food. Airplanes now accept refillable water bottles through customs, so long as they are empty, so don’t worry about being held up at security.

Choose the Right Activities.

When travelling, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement and glamor and forget that maybe all of the partying and paper lanterns you’re releasing are actually clogging up the oceans and contributing to pollution. An important part of being an eco-friendly traveler is picking activities that honor and work with nature, such as diving in Baa Atoll, Maldives. These kinds of experiences let you get an up-close and first-hand look at the nature surrounding you, without disturbing or harming it. Making sure to pick the right activities often means you will actually get a more enriching travel experience and won’t leave feeling guilty, knowing that you have left the destination to be enjoyed by many more to come.

Avoid Waste

It can be very difficult at times when travelling to avoid unnecessary waste, so it’s important not to be too hard on yourself if you do find it happening to you. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your wastage. If you buy a water bottle for example, keep refilling it instead of throwing it away. Find your local recycling resources and use them, and make sure to gather all of your washing and wash it together to save on water.

Try to Avoid Planes

Planes are one of the most damaging modes of transport for the environment, so if there is a way to get to your destination by another means, such as a train, then this should be much preferred. Currently, greenhouse gas emissions produced by planes have increased by 87% from 1990 to 2006. The average plane emits around 53 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air per mile, which is having staggering effects on the atmosphere so it’s best to try and avoid them where you can.

Do you have any other ways to help you travel in a more eco-friendly way? Let us know in the comments.