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#EcoTuesday – Travel Green This Holiday

Suitcase open to show green field, trees and a deer

Seeing our family and hometown friends is one of the best parts of the holiday. But, when we travel, garbage can add up quickly. Luckily, it’s really easy to minimize our trash as we trek the globe. 

Start When Packing
  • Bring a reusable water bottle. You never have to go thirsty and you won’t fill up planes or cars with empty bottles.
  • Unbox before you pack. Packaging for things like toothbrushes, socks, and even snacks can be recycled at the house before you hit the road.
  • Bring a cloth bag. Super small and super useful!
  • Bring your own bar of soap. Hotels go through tons of tiny paper and plastic items every day. Avoid the single-use sizes they provide by bringing your own.
Going From Here To There
  • Choose a hybrid or a small rental car. If you don’t have a bunch of kids, choose a small vehicle, and even better if it is hybrid or electric. You’ll also save cash!
  • Consider the train. Train rides are great! They are generally peaceful, you can walk around more, the food is better than an airplane, and you can even get a sleeper car. Also your family would probably rather pick you up at the train station than the airport.
  • The bus ain’t bad. Save dough and reduce your carbon travel imprint by taking the bus across state. It’s way less polluting than a plane or even a rental car.
  • Some airlines offset carbon offset programs. These programs offer the customer the choice to pay a little more, and that money goes to projects that seek to offset pollution made by air travel. Emirates does not want to charge it’s customers for things like this, but still have been leaders in recycling, low emission planes, and more.
Taking the train is a relaxing and scenic way to travel
During Your Stay
  • See if your hotel has recycling. You may end up with items to recycle, so it’s good to see if the hotel can handle that. If they don’t, use your bag and take them somewhere that does.
  • Hang your towels. You don’t need a new towel every day, right? Hang it up so the hotel doesn’t have to wash it until you leave..
  • Take the toiletries if you use them. The hotel will just chuck whatever you leave behind. If you opened something, take the rest with you.
  • Stick to your guns. When staying with someone, it can be tough to keep our habits if the hose doesn’t practice them. Find a good, non-intrusive balance of keeping your green ways during your stay while not being obnoxious about it. 
Don’t open them if you don’t need them. So much trash!

How do you travel green?  Share your tips with everyone in the comments. Give us ideas!

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