10 Green Travel Tips for the Eco-Conscious Traveller

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Tips to Stay Green While Travelling 

  1. Bring your reusables – spork, coffee tumbler, water bottle, and shopping bag. 
    On a recent trip to San Francisco, I was impressed that these refillable water stations (photo above) were at my conference and the airport.  
  2. Purchase and use refillable toiletry containers for shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.
    Often located in the same aisle as the pre-filled travel sized toiletries, refillable containers are easy to implement.  
  3. If staying at a hotel, reuse your bath towel each day and decline housekeeping when possible.  
    Many hotels follow a policy with towel hanging to indicate you’ll reuse it.  While housekeeping service is nice, do you need it everyday?
  4. Take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints.
    One of my favorite slogans that I first read at a national park.  A great motto to live by when travelling. 
  5. When swimming near coral reefs, use reef safe sunscreen.  
    Chemicals like oxybenzone found in most sunscreens, damage coral reefs. Opt for a reef safe brand such as Coral Safe.
  6. Be aware of unethical tour companies offering “wild life encounters” or experiences with animals held in captivity.
    In 2016 Trip Advisor stopped selling tickets to these types of attractions.
  7. Bring your healthy snacks from home that were consciously selected rather than scrambling for junk food at the airport.  
    Junk food often contains palm oil.
  8. If you fly, direct is best.  
    Landings and take-offs generate the most emissions.
  9. Consider a carbon offset program when flying.  
    Many airlines offer one or carbonfund.org has a tree planting option.
  10. Ask about your hotel’s recycling program and follow it.