12 ways to reduce your carbon emissions when traveling

With the travel industry responsible for 8% of total global emissions, every action you take to curb your carbon is worthwhile. Here are some things to consider ahead of your next trip.

1.Fly smart.

If you fly, reduce in-flight emissions by choosing a carbon-efficient airline, a direct flight and a seat in coach (economy) class instead of business. Other tactics include lowering window shades (to help keep the plane cool), bringing your own amenities and food (or, failing that, pre-ordering a plant-based meal).

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2. Use public transportation


Taking public transport (or even better, a rickshaw cycle) won’t only help reduce emissions, but you’ll also tick off a classic local experience. Many global cities are now equipped with affordable bike-, e-bike or scooter-share facilities.

3. Pack light


No matter what type of transport you’ll be taking to reach your destination, or once you get there, a lighter suitcase requires less energy to transport.

4. Sleep green


Low-carbon hotels generally run on renewable energy, use energy-saving lights and other appliances, recover rainwater, recycle and use local products. Slash more emissions by foregoing housekeeping and minimizing your electricity and water usage.

5. Use electric vehicles or e-taxis

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Electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure is improving around the world every year. And while major ride-share apps Uber and Lyft have yet to introduce EVbooking systems, both companies are currently incentivizing drivers to make the switch over to electric vehicles.

6. Choose low-carbon activities


From walking and cycling tours to non-motorized snorkeling and diving excursions, carbon-light activities are better for your health as well as the health of the planet.

7. Skip the tourist tat


Typical tourist souvenirs create a triple emissions whammy: they’re made from plastic or chemically modified fabrics, in emissions-belching factories, and are transported in gas-guzzling trucks, ships or planes.

8. Embrace zero-waste travel


Every product you use on your trip requires energy to manufacture, more energy to recycle, and releases emissions when it breaks down. By curbing waste whenever possible, you’ll also curb emissions.Skip the long showers
From Cape Town to Kathmandu, many travel hotspots around the world struggle with water shortages. By using less water, we can not only help to reduce pressure on the local water supply, but also help to slash the emissions created by treating and pumping water.

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9. Skip the long showers


From Cape Town to Kathmandu, many travel hotspots around the world struggle with water shortages. By using less water, we can not only help to reduce pressure on the local water supply, but also help to slash the emissions created by treating and pumping water.

10. Eat local


Sampling regional delicacies at local-run stalls and restaurants is one of the great joys of travel, and choosing foods that are grown and produced locally helps to reduce food miles (emissions created by transporting food). Small farms are also more likely to adopt eco-friendly practices like avoiding toxic pesticides – ask for info before you buy.

11. Eat less meat


With greenhouse gas emissions from agribusiness on track to surpass that of all other sectors, including energy, transport and industry, the single best way of reducing emissions on the road (aside from not flying) is to lower your intake of meat, particularly red meat. , which creates the most livestock emissions.

12. Line-dry all your travel clothes


There’s not always time to line-dry travel gear when you’re on the move, but with one dryer load using five times more electricity than washing, it’s worth packing a travel clothes line to use when you can.

Source: lonelyplanet.com

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