How to travel lighter…
Tips to reduce your carbon footprint.
Your travel footprint.
The travel sector accounts for 8% of global carbon emissions and is set to grow at 4% per annum. When traveling we tend to do things a bit different to when at home. Our routine is different, we use more transport and probably eat out a bit more. It’s easy to become a bit less mindful when experiencing a new and exciting destination.
Transport collectively accounts for 75% within travel.
Accommodation makes up for 20% of carbon emissions within travel.
The remaining 5% includes our consumption of food drinks and experiences.
Aircraft emmit stagering amounts of carbon emmitions. In addition to CO2, NOx, sulphates and particular matter are emmited straight into the atmosphere due to the high altetude of flying. These emmision are absorbed into the atmosphere at much higher concentrations than ground level emmitions.
Air travel is the means of transport with the highest carbon footprint.
Bus or train
Where possible, consider using public transport like trains and busses instead of flying or renting a car, their carbon emmisions are much lower.
When flying, consider opting for a non stop flight instead of a stop over flight that uses much more fuel (planes use more fuel for take-off and landing).
Fly economy class rather than anything fancier (from an eco point of view, the more passengers in an aeroplane cabin the better).
Opt for paper-saving e-tickets and boarding passes
When searching for flights on Skyscanner, look out for the the green leaf symbol in the top right corner of the most eco-friendly flights
Offset CO2 emmisions.
To offset your carbon emissions means you measure your output from one activity and remove or prevent it from another.
There are lots of ways to do this online or projects you can contribute to. https://www.carbonfootprint.com/carbonoffsetprojects.html
Better Places Travel, is an example of a travel agency that monitor and offset carbon emissions for all of their travellers.
When traveling to a popular tourist destination, consider not going during peak season. An influx of too many people in one place can have a negative impact on the infrastructure and natural surroundings.
What to pack.
Pack as light as possible (the lighter a plane is the less fuel it uses)
Take your own reusable water bottle so you wont need to buy plastic.
Reusable straw and pocket cutlery. Chances are good you’ll eat more takeout.
Environmentally friendly and biodegradable sunscreen. Traditional sunscreen is harmfull to ocean coral reef and other marine life.
where possible, look out for the most energy efficient transport, from a bycycle to scooter.
When renting a car, ask for the most fuel efficient option.
Support local businesses.
Eat at local restaurants that use local produce.
Shop at local shops and avoid the usual international chain stores.
The accommodation makes up for 20% of carbon emissions within travel.
Many hotels and lodges are guilty of greenwashing, claiming to be more eco-friendly than they are.
BookDifferent.com is a website which shows the carbon footprint for every hotel on its website.
Self-catering and Airbnb’s are a far less wasteful option.
If staying at hotels and lodges consider staying at ones that are eco-friendly. Look out for certification from bodies such as Green Globe, Green Key, and LEED
If you dont change your linen everyday at home, why have it washed everyday when on holiday. Keep it for the duration of your stay and save electricity, water and detergent.
Turn off aircon when you leave the room.