When considering how to minimise your footprint when travelling, it can be difficult to know where to begin. There’s an abundance of information out there, which can often seem overwhelming, thus reducing your motivation to make a start.
To make things more manageable, here are 5 simple sustainability tips to implement on your next adventure!
From Keep Cups and cloth shopping bags to bamboo straws and reusable cutlery, there are many opportunities to minimise your plastic consumption during your travels. It may seem like a nuisance to carry a few extra items, but when you consider how much plastic you will reduce it will definitely be worth your while! Politely declining any packaging and plastic when shopping or eating out will further reduce your impact.
While products we put on our skin are generally absorbed, this doesn’t prevent residue and toxins from seeping into our waterways! A few key culprits here are oxybenzone, octisalate and octinoxate- ingredients found in sunscreen. These nasties are fatal to many beautiful species beneath the surface of the sea and even the smallest amount can affect our reefs. Buying oxybenzone-free products is such a simple way to make a massive difference!
It can be easy to leave food on our plates, especially if it’s cheap relative to the food you buy in your home country. However, food waste is a huge issue across the globe, especially in countries where effective waste-management systems are not in place. Ordering less food, or asking to take leftovers away with you (in the reusable containers you packed ;)) is a great way to reduce landfill and consequential greenhouse gas emissions.
Many people think that because they are on holidays, they can forget to implement simple and sustainable strategies used at home. Lights, heating and cooling should only be used as necessary (and always switched off when not required). To reduce unnecessary energy and water usage even further, simply pop the ‘do not disturb’ sign outside your room… sheets don’t need to be washed every day!
Taking time to consider how your actions will impact the local community is vital to ensure the longevity of a society, culture and environment. From shopping at a local store (rather than a chain store), to abiding by local habits, customs and traditions, there is a plethora of ways to contribute to a community and its economy. Shopping, eating and staying locally will also provide you with an authentic and eye-opening experience. It’s a win-win!
As mentioned, it can be difficult to know where to start when considering how to reduce your impact. But these 5 steps are most definitely achievable! Here at Rustic, we challenge you to implement all 5 on your next adventure. Time to get planning!