Tips to Stay Green While Travelling
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you fly, direct is best.
Landings and take-offs generate the most emissions.
- Consider a carbon offset program when flying.
Many airlines offer one or carbonfund.org has a tree planting option.
- Ask about your hotel’s recycling program and follow it.