Staying Green: Traveling Green

Is going green a primarily at-home practice? No! For those of us who travel often, it’s important to go green on the road as much as we attempt to go green at home. In fact, it’s easy to go green when you’re away from home and away from your regular habits, if you follow a few simple guidelines.

Traveling Green

Today, we’re sharing a few of our favorite tips for keeping your travels as eco-friendly as possible.

Keep Doing What You Already Do at Home

While some green practices from home (like composting) don’t translate to travel, the majority of them are easy to continue when on the go. Try these green habits even if you’re at a hotel or on an airplane:

  • Minimize your shower time to save water.
  • Going local is fun. Use local transportation instead of renting a car.
  • Don’t use phantom energy (energy used by appliances you’re not currently working with)! Unplug unused electronics.
  • Instead of cranking up the heat in your room, ask for additional blankets.
  • Ask your hotel where to find recycling when you check in.

Reuse as Much as Possible

When you’re on a business trip or on vacation, it can be fun to ramp up the perks. Instead of capitalizing on them, remember to do the earth a favor, and reuse as much as possible.

  • New towels and linens sound like a good idea, but hotels produce a lot of excess waste. (For example, the lodging industry in California produces 600,000 tons of garbage every year!)
  • Travel with your own shower products. A hotel will throw away products you open and don’t use, which creates garbage and landfill waste.
  • Instead of using disposable cups, bring your own reusable water bottle. It’ll save you from buying wasteful bottles in the hotel vending machines, on the airplane, and anywhere else your travels take you. saves money, too, so it’s double the benefit.

What tips would you add, green pros? Leave a comment below and let us know how you stay eco-friendly when you’re out and about!
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