Because we love Mother Nature!
Posted on 13 June 2019
Every travel decision we make has consequences. It may be hard to see, but the environmental impact of the travel industry is extensive and often negative. Tourism is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions and has contributed to land pollution and wildlife endangerment. As travellers, we are naturally a big part of this problem, but the good news is that we can reduce the negative effects of our wanderlust! Here are some green travel tips that you should start practising on your next vacation.
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To reduce your carbon footprint, you should always choose non-stop flights instead of direct flights. Direct flights make stops in between for other passengers to board or leave. While it sounds like a neat carpool system but for like... planes, it’s actually not as beneficial. Since a significant percentage of a plane’s carbon emissions come from takeoff and landing, double the takeoffs and landings mean direct flights are not the most environmental-friendly way to travel, even though they might be cheaper. Alternatively, a non-stop flight is generally the quickest way to get to your vacation destination… with much less air pollution involved.
While calling an Uber or a Grab may seem like the safest choice when you want to get around an unfamiliar foreign city, it’s certainly not the most rewarding or the most eco-friendly! Many countries like Taiwan and Japan have developed public transportation systems that make intercity travels much more convenient, while others are perfect to explore on foot or on a bike. Not only will you reduce your carbon footprint, you’ll also understand the country better by immersing yourself among the locals in their daily lives.
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Yes, travel size toiletries that you buy off the shelf are convenient to pack and carry, but they also generate unnecessary plastic waste that ends up in landfills. If you travel often, it is more eco-friendly to own small reusable containers in varying sizes, so that you can put small amounts of your full-sized products into them to take with you on vacation. If you’re one of those people with a 10-step Korean skincare range, this will save you a lot of money since you won’t need to buy the smaller version of each product separately. You can get travel-friendly reusable containers at most pharmacies and at dollar stores like Daiso.
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You’ve probably heard this one before, but it still needs to be said since many people still favour the convenience of plastic products. Yes, it can be a hassle to carry around your own water bottle or tote bag, especially if you end up not using them anyways, but when you remember that every plastic item ever produced still exists somewhere on Earth… it’s better to avoid asking for that plastic bag. It’ll probably end up in the trash at the end of the day and then in a landfill for thousands of years to come.
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They are there for a reason. When you go off the path during nature hikes or jungle walks, you could accidentally disturb the native flora and fauna by damaging their habitat. Taking the road less travelled isn’t always a good thing when it damages fragile plants and any exotic creepy-crawlies hiding in the underbrush. Remember that we’re here to explore the beauty of Mother Nature… not to trample all over it.
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