With all the time spent at home lately, we’ve all been struck hard with some serious wanderlust. Our health isn’t the only thing we need to worry about when it comes to travel these days. From carbon emissions to the enormous amount of plastic waste generated on flights, travel is undeniably tough on our planet, but we can mitigate the impact of our wandering ways, and it can all start with baggage.
1. Go paperless
This might sound like an obvious place to start, but you’d be surprised how many of us still opt for paper copies of our boarding pass. If you have a smartphone, download your boarding pass and limit the extra paper usage, time and ink that goes into printing millions of boarding passes each and every day. Here at BagsID we have made it our mission to remove traditional paper baggage tags from all journeys and help airlines reduce CO2 emissions. As an added benefit you are less likely to lose a digital pass.
2. Pack lighter
Now, let’s get things straight, we are not going to start saying to weigh every pair of socks and only take one pair of underwear for a whole trip, but there is a value to packing lighter that’ll also means you’re travelling greener. The less weight the plane is carrying, the less thrust and fuel that is needed to get it off the runway. To make the plane work a little less hard, pack a little lighter and keep your flight that little bit greener at the same time.
3. Buy from sustainable and eco friendly luggage brands
Solgaard is a great choice for their selection of sustainable luggage made from entirely recycled materials, catering for those who require a level of sophistication and those who are seeking adventure.
The brand Pakt, is a small and innovative business that creates versatile eco-luggage for any occasion and If you’re looking for an ultra durable hard shell, Paravel’s 100% recycled polycarbonates are some of the most durable and eco friendly luggage available.
4. Limit plastic usage
An enormous 91% of plastic doesn’t get recycled and airlines have been notorious for the amount of plastic waste that is used within in-flight services for years. A cup of water, the meals in trays, wet-towels and all the packaging used contribute to a huge amount of waste that has to go somewhere after a flight. There is a drive now to remove single use plastics from flights and Qantas are leading the way with the World’s First Zero Waste Flight where all the products on board have been disposed of via compost, reused or recycled. Passengers can do their bit too, make sure to take a reusable bottle on your flight and for the departure lounge. Many airports now have free water fountains, which all means less plastic is used on the flights and in airports.
5. Offset your carbon footprint
A number of organisations and airlines will now let passengers reduce the impact they have on the environment through carbon offsetting their flights. Carbon offsets are voluntary schemes where people can pay to ‘offset’ or make up for the emissions that their flights produce. Airlines like KLM have also introduced a CO₂ compensation service called CO2ZERO with a small contribution from the passenger their flight can be made CO2 Neutral.
6. Take longer holidays
Sounds crazy as we’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 be more sustainable at the same time. For example, rather than taking 6-weekend trips a year across Europe, opt for less and stay for longer in each destination. This way, you’re keeping your flying time to a minimum but also keeping that holiday spirit alive, but remember point 2 and keep that packing light for an even more all round sustainable journey.
7. Book green hotels
Start your travel plans by choosing sustainable accommodation options. For those who value sustainability and environmental ethics, the big chain hotels might not be the best option here. But do your research, and you will find a selection of eco-friendly options that minimise negative impacts on the environment, while maximising the overall customer experience. And if you take in the tips above, you will be travelling with less baggage, which means more space in your hotel room!
If we all play our part then we can all have an effect on the impact flying has on the environment whilst still enjoying exploring the world.