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Vacations are a time to relax but while you’re recharging your batteries remember to continue to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Whether you’re road tripping it, camping or staying in a hotel it’s important to be mindful about how you’re using our natural resources.
Here are some simple tips for your next vacation:
- 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. Also remember to set your thermostat and water heater at low settings – another way to avoid wasting energy when you’re gone.
- As you’re shopping and packing for your vacation, think about how you can reduce waste. For example, if you are grocery shopping, look for items that have little packaging to reduce what you will throw in the trash.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bring a reusable shopping bag (or two). 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.
- While on the road, remember to recycle. Bring a small box or bag to collect recyclables in your car so that you are not tempted to throw them all in with the trash. Watch for the blue bins while you are on your trip (or wait until you get home) so you can recycle the box or bag of recyclables.
- Shut off the lights at home and in your hotel rooms.
Source: National Geographic Traveler
Here is a list of the Top Ten Environment Traveling Faux Pas, in other words, What Not To Do While You’re Traveling:
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
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