We have all heard about ways to go green; turning off the faucet while brushing our teeth, recycling plastic bottles and newspapers, composting, and numerous other ways. One way of helping the environment to stay green is by taking a look at some of the things we do when we travel. Instead of having clean towels every day, use the same towels throughout your stay at the hotel. If you take the amount of water and electricity it takes to rewash those towels, it would amount to tons of water and thousands of watts of electricity. Take a look at some of ideas and see what changes you can make to help our planet be healthy for us and for the next generation.
- Explore cities on foot – When traveling to other cities, walk, bike, or take the subway, bus or train when possible. You will reduce greenhouse gases.
- Experience a green vacation – Reuse your sheets and towels, take shorter showers, turn off the air conditioner, turn down the thermostat and turn off the electricity when not in the room. There are hotels that have sustainable practices such as harvesting rainwater, and when rooms are not in use, they do not have heat or air-conditioning on. To learn more about these hotels, check out Green Hotels Association and Expedia.com. You can also view if the hotel of your choice is following any green ideas, by answering the ten questions by Nature Conservancy.
- Use a reusable water bottle on your trips – On a recent visit, a hotel was charging $5.00 for a small bottle of water! The cost could be interpreted as yes, we have water, but it will cost you especially if your demand is great. Keeping in mind the amount of money businesses are charging for water and the cost of mass producing the bottles, this is an issue we should all be addressing. Millions upon millions of barrels of oil is needed to produce plastic water bottles that we consumed as noted by the Pacific Institute. Their study indicates that the production of plastic water used, is enough to “fuel more than a million cars and light trucks for a year.” We can all help by curbing emissions by traveling with a reusable bottle, or disposable cups for those who are coffee and tea drinkers. Use travel mugs instead of disposable cups.
- Pack light – The total weight of passengers’ luggage on a plane determines the amount of fuel needed to make the trip. It is easier to travel lighter and easier to keep track of your possessions.
- Go local – Purchase locally sourced food and buy locally made souvenirs. Bring them back to your hotel room in reusable bags.
- Turn off electronic devices when not in use- Maximizes the use of of battery life and helps the earth also.
- Share your new and familiar travel habits to your family and friends- We all can make a difference in keeping our planet habitable for all to use and enjoy.
From: Ready, Offset, Go: 10 Ways to Travel Responsibily
The Getway by Stephanie Rosenbloom
Dated: Sunday, April 24, 2016, page 3
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