Sustainable Travel

How Can We Become More Sustainable?

In the following blog post we will provide you with a full guide on how to make small changes in your daily routine to become more sustainable!

Our planet is in constant transformation, climate change is increasing, wildlife is becoming extinct, pollution is covering cities and COVID-19 is still around us. We have all wondered, what can we do to help our planet? How can we become more sustainable? In order to answer these questions first we have to be conscious about the magnitude of the problems we are facing. 

Everyone’s life has changed ever since the pandemic started, and that is why we must be aware and act as quickly as possible. The answer to generate a real impact on the environment is sustainability. But first, let’s define what sustainability is. According to the United Nations, sustainability is defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Nowadays, there are almost 140 developing countries in the world seeking ways of meeting their development needs, but with the increasing threat of climate change, concrete efforts must be made to ensure development today does not negatively affect future generations.

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As individuals there is much we can do, we want to provide you with a full guide of small changes you can apply in your daily life in order to become more sustainable. Everything you do in your day-to-day life has an impact on the planet, from the food you eat to the car you drive. But don’t worry! This doesn’t mean you need to make radical changes in your daily life in order to make a positive impact, small changes are what we need right now!

Save Energy

By using less energy we help reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact. There are a lot of easy ways you can save energy at home that will help you save money and at the same time benefit the planet:

- Turn off unnecessary lights
- Replace your light bulbs for LED
- Reduce your hot water usage
- Unplug unused electronics
- Hang your clothes instead of using the drier
- Use the microwave instead of your oven

                                                                    Vomo Island - Fiji

Reduce Your Plastic Consumption

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats we face nowadays. Plastic sticks around in the environment for ages, threatening wildlife and spreading toxins. Plastic also contributes to global warming, that is why we must find alternative options to stop consuming plastic.

- Use reusable water bottles
- Use reusable grocery bags
- Buy rechargeable batteries
- Use a bamboo toothbrush
- Buy bulk food instead of packaged products
- Recycle

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Grow Your Own Produce

By growing your own fruit and vegetables, you can ensure you’re not using pesticides that will contribute to water and air pollution. This will also help to reduce the amount of fossil fuels used to transport produce to supermarkets. Having your own orchard at home is easier than it looks, there are a lot of options nowaday that makes it completely possible to grow your own food either if you live in a house or an apartment. 

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Use Eco-Friendly Products

Whether it’s cleaning products or clothes there are infinite options nowadays for sustainable products. Sustainable products are those products that provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health and environment over their whole life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials until the final disposal. 

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Sustainable Travel

Last but not least, when traveling do it in a sustainable way! Most of the people are not even aware that sustainable hotels exist and all the impact tourism has on our environment. The negative environmental impacts of tourism are substantial, that is why before traveling we must do our research. Sustainable hotels are businesses that significantly reduce their environmental impact through green best-practices in maintenance, services, logistics, products, and supplies. The core elements revolve around reducing waste, water consumption, saving energy, supporting local communities, consuming local produce and taking care of the environment.
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Remember that living in a sustainable way doesn’t mean giving up comfort! There are a lot of things you can implement in your daily routine that will generate a positive impact in the environment. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start living in a sustainable way!

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