Thursday, January 6, 2011

10 Quick and Easy Eco-Friendly Travel Tips

Even the most conscious of travelers leave an impact on the Earth. That doesn't mean you should stay home on your next vacation though. What matters is how much of a footprint you leave and the decisions you make along the way. Keep these ten simple eco friendly travel tips in mind on your next trip to help green your habits on the go.

Eco-Friendly Travel Tip #1: Use public transportation.
Whenever possible, choose to take the train or bus instead of flying or driving, since all transportation heavily relies on fuel.

Eco-Friendly Travel Tip #2: Book direct.
If your travel plans require air travel, book a direct flight, which reduces the amount of fuel used in taking off and landing. Also, opt for e-tickets versus paper copies when possible.

Eco-Friendly Travel Tip #3: Be aware of your appliances.
Before you leave the house, adjust heating and cooling systems and unplug any appliances plugged into the wall – plasma TVs, microwaves and chargers are the biggest energy offenders.

Eco-Friendly Travel Tip #4: Cancel newspaper delivery.
A lot of energy goes into the production, printing and transport of each newspaper.

Eco-Friendly Travel Tip #5: Use re-usable containers.
Instead of stocking up on travel-sized toiletries, pack re-usable containers and refill with your favorite products. Ditto for water bottles; remember plastic does not biodegrade and if you're flying, you can fill bottles after you pass through airport security.

Eco-Friendly Travel Tip #6: Do laundry right.
If you anticipate having to do laundry on the road, pack a small container of eco-friendly, biodegradable laundry detergent (like Planet Ultra Liquid Laundry Detergent). It's usually much easier to find a Laundromat in most travel destinations, especially non-domestic, than earth-friendly cleaning supplies.

Eco-Friendly Travel Tip #7: BYOB(ag).
Carry reusable bags with you so if you shop you have something to carry purchases in. This is one of the easiest eco friendly travel tips and it keeps countless plastic bags out of landfills.

Eco-Friendly Travel Tip #8: Reuse your towels and sheets.
Hotels use huge amounts of water and energy in washing laundry and I don't know anyone who changes their towels on a daily basis at home.

Eco-Friendly Travel Tip #9: Flick the switch.
If you're staying at a hotel, turning off the lights and air conditioning will help save energy as well.

Eco-Friendly Travel Tip #10: Think hybrid.
If you need to rent a car, ask if there are hybrid vehicles available. Extra credit for travelers who explore like locals do: take the bus or train, rent a bike or hit the pavement (and burn a few calories in the process) on foot

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