Eco-travel tips for the conscious traveller
For some of us travel is our bones, we long to explore new terrain, meet new people and marvel at what this beautiful and diverse earth has to offer. As much as we love our planet, travel and tourism is responsible for major carbon emmissions and generates lots of waste that ends up in the enviroment. How can we as travellers offset the detrimental impact our passion has on the planet? Here we will share 5 eco-travel tips for the conscious traveller:
1.Eat local and/or eat plant based
Choose to consume food that has not travelled as far as you have! Consider the carbon footprint of everything that has been imported before you choose to buy it. Large scale animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change due to its use of vast resources and contribution to large scale deforestation. We are not suggesting that you become vegan overnight- however, be mindful of your meat consumption and avoid it when possible.
2. Refuse plastic bags whenever possible
This is where your savvy packing comes in handy.If you have packed everything that we suggested in our what to pack as a low waste traveller blogpost your consumption of single use plastic will be minimal or non-existent.
3. Buy things that are not packaged
One of the beautiful things about Grenada is that most of the locally grown produce can be bought at market stalls in the city’s of the various parishes or at roadside produce stalls. These stalls often don’t prepackage their produce so that customers can have their pic. Buying local and seasonal produce in these places means you can pack them into your canvas tote or backpack and avoid plastic all together. Expert bonus tip- pack your bananas to the top so they don’t get smooshed.
4. Pick up trash when you are on the go
It goes without saying that one should never litter! Picking up trash that you spot in the environment (lets say 5-10 items per day) may seem like a small thing to do. However, consider the impact over time if more individuals did it. This will lead to a significant shift in how much trash is in the environment and in our oceans.
5. Help with locally organised environmental clean ups
If you want to make a bigger change, you can volunteer at locally organised clean ups. As they say “many hands make work light.” environmental clean ups can be a truly eye opening experience- you can see just how much trash accumulates over time! It also gives you a sense of accomplishment seeing the difference you helped to make.
6. Stay at an Eco-Resort or Climate-Smart Resort
Choose accomadation that cares about the environment as much as you do. More and more resorts are becomong savvy to alternative ways of powering their operations like using solar panels to generate electricity and harvesting rain water to use in the bathrooms. In January of 2019 True Blue Bay Boutique Resort opened 21 new climate-smart rooms that are energy efficient and solar powered and harvests and treats rainwater for use in the rooms proving that being environmentally conscious and luxurious are not mutually exclusive- we call it Eco-chic.
September Green Up Grenada Coastal Cleanup Project
If you are in Grenada in September, please join our Green Up Grenada Coastal Cleanup Project which hosts cleanups for 3 Saturdays and Sundays in honour of International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 21st. Sign up through our google form and check for updates on our facebook page.
Kickstarting a low waste lifestyle while travelling
Making the commitment to live a low waste and environmentally conscious lifestyle during your holiday will help to strengthen your commitment to a low waste and environmentally conscious lifestyle in your daily routines back home. If you are visiting a small island like Grenada you will notice that almost everywhere is in close proximity to the ocean. This means that the waste ends up in our environment and our landfill does not have to travel far to end up in the ocean where it does great damage to the ocean life also.