It’s impossible to travel and explore without having some kind impact on the planet. But by making a few conscious choices we can massively reduce the carbon footprint and damage we leave behind. Here are 5 easy ways you can make your adventure eco-friendly.
#1 Make getting there the adventure
Taking a long haul flight is one of the worst things we can do for our planet. Where possible, see if you can hitchhike, bus train or ferry…..even if it is just one-way or part-way. Or even better, go human-powered altogether.
Get rid of the mindset of just getting to your destination as quickly as possible. Make getting there part of the adventure.
If you can’t avoid a flight, try at least to offset your carbon footprint.
#2 Go plastic free
Think about the items you are using and taking on an adventure and see if there is a way to reduce the single-use plastic you are using. That could include….using filter systems so you don’t need to buy bottled water, making your own expedition food and reusing containers and swapping your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one.
Have you ever had a completely plastic-free expedition?
#3 Purchase carefully
See if the brands you are buying from have an environmental policy. If staying in a hotel or using a service, use google to try and help you source an eco organisation. Showing your support for these organisations shows others that we care how they treat the planet and will encourage them to follow. Eco-lodges are on the rise because more and more people are choosing to stay in them over conventional hotels.
#4 Make good food choices
The more local you eat, the less distance the food has had to travel to reach your plate, therefore reducing your carbon footprint. The meat and dairy industry also puts a humungous strain on our planet. Reducing the amount of meat and fish you eat will really help you ‘do your bit’. Or you can go all the way and choose a vegetarian or vegan diet. This can really have a positive impact in some areas that you travel – like on many remote islands who are struggling because of overfishing (a lot of which goes to feed over indulging travellers)
#5 Repair don’t replace
We live in a throwaway culture that favours binning products as soon as they have a slight defect. Try repairing your gear and clothing instead.
Patagonia has a great environmental policy. One of the practices they follow is to repair rather than replace.
Got any other suggestions for ways you can make an adventure eco-friendly?