10 Easy Ways To Fly Greener And More Sustainable
This is exactly why I wanted to share some easy tips and limit your carbon footprint when travelling.
Now, to put it bluntly, every form of transport (that uses fossil fuels) is a pollutant and even the greenest taxi, bus or electric train will have been constructed or at least manufactured in not-so-green ways. This is where perspective is key, none of us can truthfully avoid our environmental impact (unless you truly live off the grid) but there are some really easy tips to actually limit that impact as much as possible… especially when flying.
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This is why I wanted to share some really easy, practical and more sustainably.
So, a number of organisations and airlines actually allow you to offset your carbon footprint by donating your loyalty miles or cash to NGOs that will help environmental projects around the world.
Organisations like Carbon Footprint can help you calculate your carbon footprint, donate money and then choose projects to support. This all makes it much easier than trying to sort it out by yourself.
Also, airlines like KLM have the option to lower your carbon footprint within your booking section on the app or ‘My trips’ section of the website. Here, they have a ‘CO2 Zero’ option where you can contribute to reforestation initiatives in places like Panama.
Every second you spend travelling is realistically less green, this is why it makes sense to lower your time in the sky as much as possible. In fact, this is the same for cars, trains and buses too.
Say, for instance, if you’re travelling from London to New York it’s much more efficient to take a direct flight than booking a cheaper ticket that goes between London, connecting in Madrid and then heading over to New York. Usually, direct flights tend to be a little more expensive but they’re also greener.
Sometimes, flying might seem like the easiest option but there are times when it’s much more green to travel by public transport. For example, although there are numerous flights between London and Edinburgh, we always choose the train.
Not only is this a greener option but it actually ends up taking about the same amount of time once you factor in transport to the airports and the faff of security etc.
By limiting your time in the sky, you’re helping lower your carbon footprint that little bit more.
For the longest time, airlines have been notorious for the amount of plastic waste that is used within in-flight services. That cup of water, meals, wet-towels and packaging all contribute to a huge amount of waste that has to go somewhere after a flight.
Nowadays, some airports do recycle but that doesn’t take the responsibility from us, the flyer in the air. Make sure to take a reusable bottle on your flight and for the departure lounge, too. Lots of airports now have free water fountains, which all means less plastic is used on the flights and in airports.
If you can, avoid the use of amenity kits that are often given out on international flights. You know, they’re the ones with a toothbrush, earplugs and socks in?
Each one of these has a hoard of items that is usually only used once by passengers, so, if you can avoid this by bringing your own reusable bits and bobs.
Alternatively, check out airlines that actually make their amenity kits from recycled goods. I know that British Airways Premium Economy kits are now made from recycled materials and as long as you recycle the waste, you can help keep single-use items to a minimum.
I’ve not yet met someone that’s ever said I want a shorter holiday, that being said, it’s actually a great way to travel greener and more sustainably, too.
For example, rather than taking 6-weekend trips a year across Europe, opt for less and stay longer in each destination. This way, you’re keeping your flying time to a minimum but also keeping that holiday spirit by exploring and enjoying a trip.
This might sound like an obvious win, but you’d be surprised how many of us still opt for paper copies of our boarding pass. If possible, download your boarding pass onto your phone and limit the extra paper usage, time and ink that goes into printing millions of boarding passes each day.
It might seem like a small gesture but if we all contribute we can make a massive impact on the
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