The following is a guest post from Martin Silber, read his bio at the end.
April 23rd is Earth Day, and we are celebrating environmental sustainability. According to a landmark UNWTO climate-tourism report launched in 2019, tourism is projected to be responsible for approximately 5% of global carbon emissions by 2030. And many people may not be aware that over 60 million bottles are thrown in the trash each year. Most end up in the water or landfills, both eroding tourism sites and harming the environment.
Fortunately, you do not need to be very eco-savvy to travel sustainably and reduce your carbon footprint each time you travel. Here are three simple ways travelers can reduce their impact to the environment.
- Use a refillable recyclable water bottle instead of buying bottled water.
This allows a traveler to refill their water without the necessary expense of buying a new bottle, and negatively impacting the environment.
2. Use accommodation (hotel) providers that have established a “green” program.
Many hotel chains, many of which offer luxury wellness travel, have already implemented eco-friendly measures that allow hotels to use renewable energy for electricity, and guests to be more water efficient.
3. Use alternative modes of transportation such as walking, biking, or public transportation.
Rather than using an automobile to get around, there are definitely other transportation options, such as public transport, that are more climate-friendly that have a smaller impact on the environment.
Other tips to travelers include not using travel size toiletries; instead use refillable bottles and fill them up with products from larger bulk size bottles. Support local businesses by enjoying local and cultural events and experiences.