Summer is right around the corner, which means you’re probably starting to plan a fun summer vacation! While traveling, keep these 6 environmentally friendly tips in mind:
1. Bring Reusable Items
Bringing a water bottle, reusable utensils, coffee cup, or foldable bags on your trip will reduce the need to buy single use products that are oftentimes more harmful towards the environment.
2. Support Local Stores
Supporting local entities maximizes both social and economic benefits of nearby communities while additionally supporting the culture and environment of the places you are visiting.
3. Take Pictures as Souvenirs Instead of Buying Gifts
Taking photos of the sites you visit and the people you are with on your trip is one of the best ways to remember your vacation. It also ensures you are not buying products that are environmentally detrimental or that will go to waste.
4. Take Public Transportation
Consider taking public transportation on your vacation as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality, and saving energy.
5. Plan Outdoor Activities
6. Purchase Carbon Offsets from your Airline
As aviation accounts for as much as 2% of all carbon emissions, flight providers nowadays give you the option to buy a carbon credit when you purchase a ticket. This money generally goes either into reforestation projects or energy efficiency efforts—just be sure to do your research so you know how your funds will be used.