Love travelling and wonder what you can do to reduce environmental impact on the places you’ll be visiting soon? Here are some easy tips on how to stay eco-friendly and travel more sustainably.
1. REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS.
Instead of consuming bottles of mineral water, bring your own water bottle to refill at the hotel’s water station or restaurant to stay hydrated. Many hotels and resorts around the world are no longer providing plastic straws to reduce environmental impact. So, here’s what you can do to contribute… bring your own reusable straw if you need one. Similarly, when you’re on a street food hunt, try to ditch plastic cutleries and bring recyclable bags.
2. USE OCEAN-FRIENDLY SUNSCREEN.
Did you know that sunscreens contain harmful chemicals that are toxic to coral reefs and marine life? These threaten their growth and slowly kill them. When you’re on beach vacay next time, opt for reef-friendly, mineral-based sunscreen or skip it altogether. We know you nature lovers wouldn’t mind a lil’ sun-smooched skin.
3. SAVE ENERGY & WATER.
Simple action such as turning off the TV, air-cond and lights when you leave hotel room can go a long way in conserving energy. And on top of that, if you’re staying multiple days in a hotel, leave a “DO NOT DISTURB” sign to let the staff know that you’ll reuse your towels and do not require daily housekeeping. This will help to reduce water waste and conserve our clean water.
4. DO NOT LITTER.
Always be a responsible traveller by leaving no trash behind after visiting a holiday destination. Imagine if every traveller or guest could do the same. The locals no longer have to put in extra efforts and resources to clean up anyone’s mess. Mother Nature will also thank us with her pristine beauty.
5. DO NOT FEED WILDLIFE.
Always feel tempted to share some snacks with the wild animals you encounter during your holiday? Don’t! Resist the urge to feed them as it can bring negative impact when they become reliant on people. Moreover, we won’t know if they can properly process our human foods.
“Keep our oceans blue, our planet green, and our animals safe.”
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