Green Tip: Sustainable Vacation Practices

GREEN TIP: While traveling for vacation, remember to employ WDAY Green Tipsthe same sustainable practices that you use at home like conserving water and electricity.

According to Traveling the Green Way these are the Environmental Top Ten Traveling Faux Pas:

1. Don’t litter.
2. Don’t purchase illegal souvenirs or food produce.
3. Don’t waste water in destinations which face shortages.
4. Don’t leave lights on.
5. Don’t leave the air conditioning on in hotel rooms when you’re not in them.
6. Don’t purchase mineral water in plastic water bottles when the hotel provides drinkable water.
7. Don’t stand on coral reefs. It takes approximately one hundred years for one inch of coral to grow.
8. Don’t disturbing wild animals by getting as close as possible for a better picture.
9. Don’t throw cigarette butts on the ground.
10. Don’t forget to recycle when offered the facilities to do so.

Source: Traveling the Green Way

Another fabulous source, National Geographic Traveler, has an Ultimate Guide To Sustainable Travel which includes the following:

1. Before you even leave for your vacation make sure you turn off and unplug any appliances, computers, TVs to avoid wasting energy while you’re away.

2. Bring Your Own Water Bottle.
According to the Container Recycling Institute, more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away in the United States each day. Recycling or reusing those bottles instead would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for an entire day in 15 million households. Travelers can help by recycling and reusing existing water bottles, and refusing to purchase or accept new bottles; instead refilling a single bottle or other dishwasher-safe, reusable bottle with filtered water.

3. Use the Right Gear.
Choose environmentally friendly clothing and travel gear made from recycled, reused, organic, and sustainable natural materials such as cotton, hemp, and bamboo.

4. Bring a Reusable Shopping Bag.
Packing a basic canvas tote, or other similar sturdy, washable bag, in your luggage is an easy way to help keep trash out of landfills and off roadsides, conserve energy, and protect marine life. Use the bag—instead of the paper or plastic bags provided by stores—to carry souvenirs and other purchases made during your trip.

5. Shut Off the Lights.

Source: National Geographic Traveler

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Editor’s Note: Each Wednesday My Green Side brings Simple Tips for Green Living to The Christopher Gabriel Program. We also highlight a different favorite green site each week. You can stream the segment at approximately 1020am (CDT) every Wednesday at WDAY.com.

UPDATE: Simple Tips for Green Living now airs at 1220pm central time.

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  1. Tanya’s avatar

    Don’t forget to save time and spending your money on a hotel that isn’t green to check out their green features on http://www.EnvironmentallyFriendlyHotels.com , they list the green amenities of a hotel all the way down to if they compost! You can even leave reviews for other travelers just in case their green policies aren’t really as green as they state! Thanks for the tips this is a must-have resource when traveling!

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