Is going green a primarily at-home practice? No! For those of us who travel often, itâ€™s important to go green on the road as much as we attempt to go green at home. In fact, itâ€™s easy to go green when youâ€™re away from home and away from your regular habits, if you follow a few simple guidelines.
Today, weâ€™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) donâ€™t translate to travel, the majority of them are easy to continue when on the go. Try these green habits even if youâ€™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.
- Donâ€™t use phantom energy (energy used by appliances youâ€™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 youâ€™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 donâ€™t use, which creates garbage and landfill waste.
- Instead of using disposable cups, bring your own reusable water bottle. Itâ€™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 itâ€™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 youâ€™re out and about!
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