Embrace sustainable travel: Reduce plastic use on holiday

Author: Olga Lany

18 min read

Embrace sustainable travel: Reduce plastic use on holiday

As we plan our next holiday, it’s important to consider the environmental impact of our travels. At Admind, we are committed to sustainability and conscious branding and believe that every trip can be an opportunity to make greener choices.

Practical ways to reduce plastic

Bring reusable items. Bring reusable water bottles, shopping bags and utensils. This simple step can significantly reduce single-use plastics while you’re out and about. Look for products made from sustainable materials such as stainless steel or bamboo.

Choose eco-friendly accommodation

Choose hotels and resorts that prioritise sustainability. Many establishments now offer amenities such as water refill stations, recycling programmes and eco-friendly toiletries. Supporting these businesses encourages more to adopt green practices.

Choose plastic-free toiletries

Invest in solid shampoo bars, soap bars and other plastic-free toiletries. Not only do they reduce plastic waste, but they are often more convenient when travelling.

Say no to straws

Politely refuse plastic straws in restaurants and cafes. If you prefer to use a straw, carry a reusable one made of stainless steel, glass or bamboo.

Support local markets

Instead of buying packaged goods, buy fresh produce and handmade goods at local markets. This not only reduces plastic packaging but also supports the local economy and artisans.

Carry your own snacks

Bring your own snacks in reusable containers. This avoids the need to buy plastic-wrapped snacks and allows you to make healthier choices.

Additional eco-friendly travel tips

Beyond reducing plastic use, there are other ways to travel sustainably and minimize your environmental footprint:

Use public transportation

Reduce your carbon footprint by taking public transport, cycling or walking instead of renting a car. Many cities offer excellent public transport, which is both environmentally friendly and economical.

Choose Direct Flights

If you fly, choose direct flights whenever possible. Take-off and landing use the most fuel, so reducing the number of connections will help reduce your carbon footprint.

Stay Longer in One Place

Instead of hopping from destination to destination, consider staying longer in one place. Slow travel reduces the environmental impact of frequent travel and allows for a deeper connection with the local culture.

Offset Your Carbon Emissions

Many airlines and travel companies offer carbon offsetting programmes. By paying a small fee, you can support projects that reduce carbon emissions, such as reforestation or renewable energy initiatives.

Choose sustainable tour operators

Look for tour operators that prioritise sustainability and responsible tourism. These companies often employ local guides, support conservation efforts and promote cultural sensitivity.

Respect local wildlife

Avoid activities that exploit or harm animals, such as elephant rides or swimming with captive dolphins. Instead, choose ethical wildlife experiences, such as observing animals in their natural habitats.

Minimise energy use

Be mindful of your energy use in hotels by turning off lights, air conditioning and electronics when not in use. Reuse towels and sheets to reduce the amount of water and energy used for laundry.

Participate in Beach Cleanups

If you’re vacationing near a beach, consider joining a local beach cleanup event. It’s a great way to give back to the environment and help protect marine life.

Educate and inspire

Share your sustainable travel habits with friends and family. Inspire others to make greener choices by highlighting the benefits and ease of reducing plastic use.

Admind celebrates No Plastic Month

In line with our commitment to sustainability, Admind is once again celebrating No Plastic Month this July. Throughout the month, we are sharing tips, hosting workshops and encouraging everyone to reduce their plastic consumption both at work and in their personal lives. Let’s travel sustainably and ensure that the beauty of our destinations is preserved for future generations.

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