In this post, we will talk about What is Sustainable Travel or Eco-friendly Travel or How to reduce your carbon footprints while travelling, learn how to Eco-Travel.
What is Sustainable Travel or Eco-friendly Travel or How to reduce your carbon footprints —or whatever we want to call it—the main focus is to ensure that we are not harming the environment while travelling. In this post let’s learn how to Eco-Travel so that we protect this beautiful planet.
According to the (UN) World Tourism Organisation:
“Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities…“
…Sustainable tourism should also maintain a high level of tourist satisfaction and ensure a meaningful experience to the tourists, raising their awareness about sustainability issues and promoting sustainable tourism practices amongst them.”
Eco-Tourism is another commonly used term, but one that is starting to be open to more abuse as people catch on to the marketing power of ‘Eco’. In some countries, the term “Ecotourism” is simply used to describe any kind of tourism activity that involves the outdoors or wildlife: whether or not there is any responsibility or sustainability behind it. For this reason, we try to avoid using the term ecotourism.
Many organisations are trying to promote Eco-Friendly tourism, read more here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Tourism_Organization
Here’s how you can be Eco-Friendly while Travelling:
- Lightweight camping utensils don’t take up much space in your pack, stop using (or at least limiting the usage of) Disposable utensil, cutlery, etc.
- You could take your own reusable metal drinking straw, try carrying it in your bag.
- Sit down at the street food stall and use their plates rather than getting it “to go” wrapped in plastic.
- Look for food that has a natural wrapper – a banana leaf in SE Asia for example. Keeping in mind more and more restaurants are becoming environmentally conscious, many of them do have such alternatives.
- Avoid plane silly plastic. Stop buying disposable mini-bottles of shampoo, conditioner and soap, when they could buy reusable bottles and fill them at home.
- Invest in getting an Eco-toothbrush. No, seriously, think of all the plastic toothbrushes thrown away every year!
- Team it up with natural charcoal tooth cleaning products (not chemical paste) for extra Eco-warrior points!
- Then pack those earbuds with paper stems instead of plastic.
- Remember the 3 R’s- Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.
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