Switch off your emails, swipe on do not disturb and put your feet up, you’re on vacay! Travelling is great for the soul but it’s not always great for the planet. Here are some simple things you can do to keep your carbon footprint down when you’re on holiday.
Rather than printing out your plane tickets, concert and theatre tickets, opt for saving the pdf version on your phone and showing that to scan. To avoid using paper maps you can use google maps on your phone, and they even have a function where you can save maps to use offline, so you don’t need to worry about getting lost without data if you plan ahead. Just click on the 3 lines in the top left hand corner of the apps and tap ‘offline maps’ to start saving the maps you’ll need for your trip.
Use your own toiletries
Those tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash at hotels have a big plastic to product ratio, what a waste! Bring your own and use a few less plastic items.
Pack your Bar None Shampoo and Conditioner bars
They’re solid so you can put them in your carry on bags, they have no plastic and their packaging is 100% recyclable.
Pack reusable containers.
Add it to your packing list and check it twice! Bringing along your reusable coffee cup, reusable takeout containers and water bottle will not only eliminate unnecessary plastic and non-recyclable materials, but it will make you feel like an eco-warrior nomad extraordinaire every time you grab your morning coffee.
BYO liquids bag for the airport
Some airports make you put your liquids in a clear plastic bag to go through security. Instead of using the ones they provide that usually get discarded after, bring your own. Or better yet, bring a reusable silicone bag like Stasher storage bags that are better for the planet.
Wash your clothes while you’re in the shower
A makeshift washing machine, if your body wash is fabric friendly why not kill two birds with one stone and wash your clothes as you wash yourself?
Take the train
Planes leave quite the carbon footprint, see if there’s a train to your next destination. Door to door they can be just as fast, and you don’t need to fret about getting busted for having 2 kilos of extra luggage.
If a train’s not an option, give yourself some eco karma points by paying the extra to offset the carbon from the plane trip. It’s usually about $2 and will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside.
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