4 Ways to Keep Your Carbon Footprint Low While Travelling
Reduce carbon footprint while travelling, Sustainable Travel Tips, Eco-Conscious Traveler
Written by Robbie Jolene
Now that countries are opening their borders to tourists once again, it’s time that you improve the way you travel. A report on Tourism’s Carbon Emissions revealed that tourism-related transportation methods are expected to account for 5.3% of all man-made emissions by 2030.
What’s worse is that the Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC went on record saying that although tourism is a big contributor to carbon emissions, not much has been done to mitigate it in recent years.
However as a traveler, you can do your part by keeping your carbon footprint low while exploring your dream destinations. And here are some tips on how to do it!
1. Pack sustainably
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If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, you have to make conscious choices long before you even step foot in a new country. This starts with the very items that you take on your trip. As such, it’s important to be mindful in packing the most essential and sustainable items for your trip.
You should opt for things such as travel- and eco-friendly hygiene products. Our Zero Waste Shampoo and Conditioner Bars come in travel tins, making them handier than two separate products. Plus, its vegan formula, which combines hydrating and balancing essential oils, guarantees that your hair will remain smooth and soft during your trip.
You can also maintain your hygiene by bringing a Zero Waste Natural Deodorant. This cruelty-free deodorant effectively eliminates odor-causing bacteria, sans the harmful toxins and irritants.
2. Choose eco-friendly accommodations
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There are hundreds of different hotels and boutiques to choose from when you go on vacation – you just need to know where to look. And you can do your part in reducing carbon emissions by supporting eco-friendly accommodations.
When looking for a place to stay, prioritize accommodations that use renewable energy sources. Hoymiles emphasizes that smart energy doesn’t only help save the planet, it can also give you a great experience during your stay. You’ll be more comfortable knowing that you’re using reliable and renewable energy during your vacation.
In addition, you should check if they have specific recycling programs or eco-friendly practices. By choosing your accommodation carefully, you can reduce carbon emissions and support businesses that are also doing their part to save the environment.
3. Try different modes of transportation
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Cars, boats, and planes can make your vacation feel luxurious. However, the WRI points out that the transport sector is already a major contributor to climate change. 72% of the emissions come from road vehicles, with emissions from the aviation industry increasing on a yearly basis.
But when you’re traveling, you don’t have to limit yourself to these transportation options. For instance, walking can be a great way to get some exercise in. Plus, you can find some hidden gems along the way.
You can also try local transportation modes for a fun experience. If you’re planning to go to Thailand, for example, you can try riding in a tuk-tuk. And if you're in Venice, Italy, don’t miss out on the romantic and eco-friendly gondola rides. By trying out unique transportation, you can reduce your carbon footprint and create good memories while you’re at it.
4. Have a taste of the local cuisine
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Your food choices can also impact your carbon footprint and your travel experience. This is why the UNTWO promotes gastronomy tourism, which encourages travelers to enjoy local cuisines while supporting eco-friendly food practices. This ensures that both the locals and tourists can benefit from the experience.
You can do this by supporting local vendors. Often, local restaurants source their produce from the area, which means deliveries and sourcing are quicker and more sustainable. By supporting these locally sourced food businesses, it makes you a more sustainable traveler. And as an added bonus, you get to try fresh food as well.
The tourism sector has a huge impact on the environment. As a tourist, you can help in reducing your carbon footprint by packing sustainably, staying in eco-friendly places, trying public modes of transportation, and eating local food. And the locals will thank you for it, as well.