Eco-tourism is a consistently growing part of the travel industry. This makes sense, since everything we do whilst travelling has an impact on the Earth. The foods you eat, the transportation you choose to take and even the items we purchase to take home all make a difference in the world. The idea of "reduce, reuse, recycle" is still relevant today, and especially in respect to environmentally-conscious travelling. If you would like to incorporate eco-friendly actions in your next holiday and reduce your carbon footprint, use these tips and ideas to guide you on your way.

Reduce

  • Your number of travel destinations. Instead, spend more time in a city and become immersed in their culture and way of life instead of hopping from one spot to the next. Not only do you get a richer experience, but you also will save fuel from flying less.
  • Your battery consumption. Instead of using and tossing batteries over and over again, try a reusable battery that gets power from a USB port. For example, the USB Cell from Moixa Energy Ltd can easy fill up with juice just from being plugged in to a USB port.
  • The number of flight stops you make. Flying direct is greener than stop-overs and layovers. Why is that? Because taking off and landing both require an incredible amount of fuel and if you get from point A to point B without anything in between you are saving that take-off and landing fuel every time you cut out a stop!
  • The temperatures in your home. Many people don't think of it, but when you are away from home, you can reduce to total the heating and cooling in your house before you leave to save energy. No one needs the heat or AC when the house is empty; this is an easy way to save energy while you are gone!
  • The number of plugged in appliances you have. Before you leave your home or your hotel, make sure to unplug all appliances and chargers as they continue to suck energy even after the devices they help are gone.

Reuse

  • Water bottles. Instead of opting for the flimsy plastic ones you find in restaurants by the dozen, invest in a durable, functional and personalized water bottle for the entirety of your trip and even beyond! Check out RefillIt and Sigg for a wide variety of eco-friendly water bottles.
  • Travel shampoo and soap bottles. Instead of buying the small packages that are designed for travel over and over, just purchase one set, and continuously fill them up. You need less shampoo and conditioner than you think, and by having containers that you know are the proper size, there is no reason to worry about them getting confiscated in security lines.
  • Your luggage. Most people use luggage repeatedly over the years, but most don't think what those bags are made of. Consider using one of these tote bags from haul that are made from recycled billboard vinyl. Not only do they hold up to the wear and tear of travelling, but they are also entirely unique and made from recycled materials.

Recycle

  • Any packaging you can. Instead of using plastic bags from the grocery stores around you, bring a reusable bag with you for the various things you may need to carry. Whether it is groceries or books, you will have a sturdier base to carry and protect them than if you used a flimsy plastic bag.  
  • Whatever you can. Recycling is an important effort to make, no matter where you are in the world. Every time you choose to recycle materials instead of trash them, you are preventing one more piece of rubbish from ending up in a landfill. When you are on holiday, make a concerted effort to recycle your packaging and bottles instead of choosing the convenient option.

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