SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL IDEAS
Updated: Jun 29, 2020
Changes for your next travel adventure!
There are pros and cons to travel. The pros, you get to travel! The cons, that traveling is not sustainable. In fact, according to a 2019 New York Times article, traveling via plane causes an increased amount of carbon emissions, worse than expected.
The Cambridge Dictionary describes carbon emissions as "carbon dioxide that planes, cars, factories, etc. produce, thought to be harmful to the environment."
These are emissions that we as humans create in our actions. When we drive to work, take a plane across states or out of the country. These emissions stay in our atmosphere and have an effect on our climate for years to come.
Making changes to reduce our carbon emissions as individuals can be difficult. This is especially true when we take a look at how our culture reinforces consumerism and challenges our values of creating a sustainable future.
Incorporating sustainability into our travel plans can encourage us to be innovative and find ways to reduce our personal carbon footprint.
EASY CHANGES FOR YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE
BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE
When you pack a reusable water bottle, you are reducing plastic waste created by millions of single use plastic water bottles. These plastic water bottles end up in landfills or our oceans for hundreds of years to come.
TAKE STASHER BAGS
These bags are made from pure platinum silicone created from natural resources, like sand! I truly believe in the Stasher Bag mission of reducing plastic waste and making better choices for our environment. Stasher bags are great to have in your bag whether you are taking them filled with snacks or not!
Imagine you are traveling through Croatia and you see a local food vendor. He is selling an assortment of berries and you want some! You notice that he has plastic bags for the berries, but instead you pull out your Stasher Bag from your backpack! Then later when you are hungry you can open up your baggy with berries and eat some as you watch the Croatian sunset. Once you are done with your berries, and the baggy is a bit dirty, you give it a wash and pack it up for your next days adventures!
HANG UP YOUR TOWEL
When staying at hotels, have you ever noticed a sign in the bathroom that talks about hanging up your towels? It usually says something like...
"Dear Guests, every day, millions of gallons of water are used to wash towels that have only been used once.... a towel hanging up means I will use again.. thank you for helping us conserve the earth."
In real life, how many of you actually wash your towels every day? I am going to make an educated guess that this is a very small percentage of the population. Most of us use our towels more than once. So what makes staying at a hotel any different? Keep this in mind if you see a sign to hang up your towel.
Traveling, through most methods is highly polluting. So if you are going to travel, consider methods that would include other people through your trip. For example, taking a boat, ferry, train or bus when possible. If you do need to take a plane, opt for direct options as often as possible. Lastly, if you don't need to travel, stay local! Take your bike on a new route and keep your emissions at zero!
If you are interested in learning more about your carbon footprint and the effects of your current lifestyle on our planet, check out this footprint calculator!