Most people are now aware of or focused on environmental wellbeing but when it comes to travel for work, holidays or downtime away from home the focus is sometimes lost or relaxed. People tend to take there mind off doing many daily activities including environmentally friendly activities when away from home.
When away people simply don’t think or ask about recycling coffee/tea cups, food waste, water bottles, plastic cups, foil containers, and many other items. Sometimes it’s not easy to see or identify solutions but there are choices so please ask no matter where you are!
We found Green Travel to be a term covering two main areas? Firstly it refers to following responsible travel practices and taking care of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. This might include considering and using the most eco-friendly travel options!
Secondly, it refers to eco-tourism which is described by some as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial mass tourism
As awareness and choice increases we can choose a variety of eco-friendly destinations, transportation, hotels, tour operators, and holiday shopping activities which don’t damage the environment. We can also create extra benefits and value for local people earning their living from tourism by purchasing locally made items rather than mass-produced gimmicks.
Here are some tips for travellers
- Before leaving home turn down the fridge, turn off lights and unplug the radio, alarm clock, and TV, turn off heating and close windows.
- Take a reusable water bottle with you so you can refill over and over again.
- Book a family holiday in Ireland and travel together on public transport.
- Travel light, you’ll never use all the clothes you bring.
- Walk, jog or cycle to areas of natural beauty – forget about hiring a car – use the bus.
- Use online maps or electronic guides rather than printed paper material.
- Research and book eco-friendly accommodation – learn more about green destinations in Ireland.
- Choose a hotel, Airbnb or guesthouse using solar power, wind turbines, rainwater harvesting, energy-efficient lighting, and low-water usage toilets.
- Ask the host where to put your items for recycling.
- When you leave your accommodation, turn off all the lights, heat/AC, television. tablets etc.
- Use a biodegradable sunscreen or simply cover-up while in the sun. It’s environmentally friendly and saves money!
- Opt to have your bed sheets and towels changed at most, every third day as this save an amazing amount of water, energy, and detergent.
- Hang up your towels after each use, which is the universal sign that you’d like to use them again
- Take any leftover soap, shampoo, or toothpaste with you. Unused liquids are often thrown away, why not use and then reuse/refill the plastic bottles.
- If you go shopping take a reusable bag.
- Refrain from buying plastic or single-use gifts
- Let the air out of beach balls and take games home for reuse!
- Leave finished books and magazines where others can pick them up for a good read.
Travel for work or play is great to experience. Seeing new things and meeting new people expands our minds, promotes relations, cultural understanding and provides opportunities for some fun and memories of a relaxed time in our lives but do try to remember the environment and help save it for the next generation of travelers.
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT are an award-winning, eco award community enterprise providing recycling collection and drop off services for all types of waste electrical, electronic equipment (WEEE) and pure metal items.
During 2018 Recycle IT offered to drop off and collection services to tens of thousands of homes, schools, charities and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and screens
Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is supported by Pobal, Dormant Accounts, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.