Sustainable travel is becoming more and more important to me. It’s an area that I have learned on my own, through my own personal research, experience and observations. So, if you would like to alter your approach to travel and reduce your ecological footprint, here’s a list of things I try to consider when I travel. Many of these points can be applied to everyday life also!
- If staying at a hotel or somewhere with housekeeping services, reuse your towel. Washing towels daily requires an excessive amount of water.
- Where possible, carry a stainless steel bottle and refill it instead of buying plastic bottled water. I know that this is not possible in some countries, which raises the argument about the basic human right for clean drinking water.
- Carpool or use public transport to get around. Not only will you reduce carbon emissions but you can save money on fuel. The Danes do it right – they cycle everywhere!
- Try not to buy too much packaged food, which creates more rubbish. Prepare a meal with fresh ingredients or go out and eat! Further to this, eat a vegetarian or vegan meal occasionally, perhaps weekly (if you are not a vegetarian or vegan already).
- Recycle as much as you possibly can. Be conscious and use the correct bins. Again, I know that some countries do not have a system that supports this.
- For shopping or storage, use a tote bag or a reusable bag instead of a plastic bag. For dirty laundry, invest in a wash bag. I have two and use them over and over again when I travel.
- Wash and re-wear the same clothes. Only buy new clothes if absolutely necessary. Increased consumption of goods is not sustainable and also adds to the issues of materialism and commercialism. I know this point is particularly hard to achieve. I am a girl who loves shoes, clothes and accessories as much as the next girl, and I am guilty of buying new clothes when I travel. But I can proudly say I did not purchase a new item of clothing, shoes or bag for 12 months between September 2015-2016!
If you have any further suggestions, please share in the comments below!