The peak holiday season is here and while we are all looking forward to a break, there are some things we shouldn't break from; eco-minded habits. Taking eco-mindedness abroad or on your staycation with can offset some of the carbon generated in transit.
At ReGen Waste we work tirelessly all year to improve waste management and summertime is no different. Enjoy some our summer eco-tips and see if you can continue your green efforts into the holiday season.
Where are you holidaying?
A major consideration is your holiday destination, the distance you travel will be a major factor in your holiday's carbon footprint. Destinations that don't involve a flight will always be less damaging to the environment, but that's not always realistic. If you are flying this summer, consider making a donation against your carbon footprint on ClimtateCare. Sites like this calculate the emissions from your flight and suggest a donation based on the distance.
You could also be opting for a staycation, in which case give serious consideration to public transport. A holiday from the car can be good for your health, the environment and even your wallet.
What to do on holiday?
In recent times, purely eco-tourism has been on the rise massively as tour operators attempt to offer up holidays for conscious travellers. Realistically, a family holiday based on solely on green activities may not sit well with everyone so small doses will do. As often as possible choose natural activities; cycling, kayaking and surfing are all zero emissions. Quad biking and jet skis can damage local areas and over time can completely change an areas eco-system.
Strike a balance on holiday by finding some local nature trails/sports as well as usual activities.
Green Accommodation Habits
When on holiday, there's a temptation to clan the apartment by bagging everything and taking it to a nearby bin or dump. But, is this practice good for the environment? Realistically, most families in the UK & Ireland recycle domestically thanks to modern waste management methods. While abroad, keep up your good habits, finding a dump or separating your rubbish will not be hard. If you have travelled to a picturesque town or city, help to maintain its beauty, take responsibility for your waste.
If you are staying in a hotel, check ahead and see what sort of environmental policy they have. If there's no mention, don't be afraid to email and ask.
Exit through the gift shop
On your way home, there's always a temptation to pick up a few gifts for friends and family at home. Be careful though, a lot of souvenirs can prove damaging to the local environment. The problem can be that some souvenirs can come from questionable sources or use materials that are local to that region and endangered. On other occasions, souvenirs are mass produced, hold no values for the local economy and instead encourage waste culture.
Shopping locally is advisable, but do your homework before reaching for your wallet.