Video:5 Ways Travelers Can Reduce Their Environmental Impactwith Christopher Padgett
It can be tougher to monitor your environmental impact while you're traveling and out of your element, but there are things you can do to reduce it. Here's a video with tips on reducing your environmental impact while traveling.See Transcript
Transcript:5 Ways Travelers Can Reduce Their Environmental Impact
Hi, I'm Christopher Padgett, an environmental scientist, for About.com and today we'll be talking about the environment. Throughout our lives you may take many vacations, travel for work, and move from place to place. There are some ways that you can help the environment while you see the world.
Reduce Environmental Impact by Packing Well
For example, if you are traveling on an airplane, the best way to pack is to only bring what you need. Take travel-size toiletries and bath products to reduce waste. While it may be difficult, try to find recycling receptacles in your travels instead of just throwing everything in the trash. If you are going to use an automobile during your vacation or business trip, rent a hybrid or electric car. Hybrid and electric cars are widely available now, and car rental companies are now adding them to their fleet because they are so popular. You'll not only save money while driving it around, but you'll be helping the environment as well.
Stay in Green Hotels
When deciding on a place to stay, check if there are any Fairmounts in the area. These hotels are the most green and eco-friendly. They offer energy-efficient lighting, low-flush toilets, and less frequent washing of bed linens. Some hotels even offer free parking for hybrid cars. Marriott is also taking strides to go green, including using recycled paper in all their rooms. Also, when you leave your hotel rooms, do not leave the lights or television on. No point in using energy if you aren't in the room. If you travel to an area where you may not require a car, walking or biking is great way to save on energy and cost. It's good exercise, and if the weather is nice, can be very enjoyable.
Conserve Water to Minimize Environmental Impact
If you are traveling to a foreign country where water is sparse, don't leave water taps running. While water may be plentiful where you are from, it can be a premium in the spot you are traveling to. Try to conserve it the best you can. Wash your hands and clothes only when necessary. Lastly, while it may seem obvious, do not litter. Find a trash or recycling bin. Ask the front desk of your hotel where you can find them if you aren't sure. Littering can hurt the plant and wildlife environment, so do your part to protect them.
Hopefully you now have a better idea on how to travel while protecting the environment at the same time. Thanks for watching. If you'd like to learn more, please visit us on the web at About.com.