6 Simple & Cheap Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint When Travelling Last Updated 06-09-2019

Like almost any human activity, travel is among the activities that increase the amount of carbon footprint. Basically, moving from one place to another can be perceived as the main reason for producing carbon dioxide. What if I tell you that there are various easy to implement ways of reducing your own carbon footprint? In this post, you will find 6 cheap steps you can take to reduce your personal contribution to global warming.


1- Don’t forget to turn off your stuff while you're away

This one sounds like basic, but many people just don’t bother to do this when leaving their home. An average phone charger consumes 50.4 watts of energy even when not connected to a device for a week. You should unplug all devices that do not need to be plugged at home (television, small appliances, etc.). This will both prevent possible fires that may occur and will not consume energy in vain.

Also, especially in winter, by cooling your heaters such as boilers and thermostats at 15 degrees during the period when you are not at home, you can save up to 15 per cent on your annual warming expenses and also reduce your carbon footprint.


2- Use reusable water bottles

Releasing plastic bottles into the environment is one of the factors that increases the carbon footprint the most. Bring your own reusable water bottle along for the flight, the road trip and even the hiking. Nowadays, it’s easier to find tanks to refill water bottles. If you’re traveling someplace where bottled water is important, try a bottle with a built-in filter.

You will both save some cash and also have no need to buy plastic bottled water.


3- Sharing is caring

When travelling from one place to another, choosing public transport instead of moving individually, choosing to rent a bicycle instead of renting a car, or choosing to walk as far as possible through the city is very important in terms of minimizing the amount of carbon footprint. Don’t forget to post at car-pooling platforms and ask if anyone else is planning a trip.

 

4- Carry reusable straws

Single-use plastic straws are projected to outpace the number of fish in the oceans by 2050. Many people started a trend of carrying metal straws everywhere. We know what you think, why not just refuse a plastic one? Are you not thinking of drinking coconuts when travelling? :)

Also, worth mentioning that users say that cleaning these straws are easier than you think. They also say that all your drinks taste better.

So, write “metal straws” on google and feel that you are helping the world.


5- Avoid food waste. Buy local.

Buy locally grown produce when possible. In this way, you will contribute to the local economy, reduce the carbon emissions from vehicles used to transport products and also avoid packaged food. This gives you the perfect excuse to try the local cuisine and experience the local culture.


6- Let Technology Help You Be Greener

Hotels use massive amounts of energy from lighting to laundry. As many boutique and chain-hotels are becoming eco-friendlier and more energy-efficient, you now can stay in places where the release amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is lower than usual.

This is also true for flights. Ensure that your flight has way less of an impact by having a lower number of stops. You may check websites such as FlyGRN and Glooby for further environment-friendly tips for travellers.


Little things make a difference. Be aware & share!


by Ayşem Zorlu

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