The Global Business Travel Association estimates that business travel spending will grow by 6.1% this year against a likely 5.1% last year. As a business traveler, it’s more important than ever to make an effort to reduce the footprint you leave behind. These sustainable travel tips won’t only help the environment, they’ll enhance your whole trip.
Bring a water bottle
Let’s start with an easy one. It sounds simple, but bringing your own water bottle is an easy way to make a big impact. Bottled water packaging often ends up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. With some bottles, the plastic degrades over time, meaning you end up ingesting some of it. Plus, having your own bottle means you can empty and fill it anytime. This will make staying hydrated inexpensive and stress-free before and after airport security. With so many different styles available, you’ll be able to find one that suits your needs, and looks great.
Invest in carbon offsets for your flights
All Blacklane rides are carbon neutral thanks to our carbon offset program. Unfortunately, not all other transportation companies take the initiative. Take environmental responsibility into your own hands by choosing companies that do. You may also consider investing in a third-party carbon offset provider which will calculate the carbon cost of your flights and invest your money accordingly.
Take the train
Offsetting your flight is great, but even better is not flying at all. Although not always feasible, taking the train is more sustainable and more rewarding. You not only avoid the stress of navigating an airport, you also get to enjoy the view. Most also offer free WiFi, allowing you to get some work done on the way. Another plus is that you can go for a stroll through the train at any time, not just when the seatbelt sign is off.
Stay at an eco-friendly hotel
Eco-friendly hotels are amazing, and not just because they make an effort to be green. These hotels are on the cutting edge of sustainable technology. They take their design cues from nature: think bamboo bathtubs and vertical gardens. You’ll be just as enamored with your room as you are the nature you’re protecting.
Be a responsible guest
Even if you’re not staying in an environmentally-friendly hotel, there are lots of small things you can do to make your stay as green as possible. Taking showers instead of baths and reusing towels will save water and save you time. While many hotels do adopt water conservation practices, putting the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door for a day is a simple way to conserve more.
Eat local and seasonal foods
Trying local delicacies is one of the best things about travelling. Restaurants that use local ingredients do more than showcase what the area has to offer. The more middlemen between you and your food, the more likely it is that your food wasn’t produced sustainably. It is also often the case that you sacrifice on taste.
Seek out locally-made souvenirs
Take the time to find a local artisan. You will support the local economy, and bring back something more meaningful and unique. It will come as no surprise that the more readily available souvenirs are mass produced in other countries. Avoid purchasing any wildlife products too. It is hard to determine if they were obtained humanely, or even legally.
Familiarize yourself with the local recycling process
Are you planning on staying somewhere long-term, or perhaps in an Airbnb or shared apartment? Familiarize yourself with the local recycling processes. If the place you’re visiting doesn’t have an easily accessible recycling program, look into other solutions. Perhaps there’s a private company that repurposes recyclable products, or perhaps you’ll be the one to start that company!
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