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SOURCE: Lars Leetaru, NY Times

IATAestimates that over 4.3 billion passengers flew on an airplane in 2017, with the average traveler flying at least once every 22 months.

With the demand for flights increasing annually, the environmental impact of air travel is significant. Some estimates show that the carbon impact of travel is over 3 times higher than expected.

Here are some steps you can take to become a more ‘sustainable traveler’:

  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency aircrafts account for 12% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Using rail is a better alternative if available.
  • Avoiding multiple layovers and shorter flights are options to minimize your impact by reducing pollution per passenger mile. Fly direct as much as possible.
  • Using local public transport is an easy way for you to reduce your impact personally!
  • Consider using a bike rental to explore a new city.

Although air travel as we know it today has not been at the forefront of the sustainability movement, the prospects for a future of sustainable travel look promising. With fuel efficient planes on the horizon, the potential for low-carbon biofuels to replace up to 30% of jet fuel could lower the carbon intensity to about one third of what it was in 2016.

“Act as if what you’re doing makes a difference. It does” – William James

Read more tips on being a sustainable traveler here.  

Credits to: Chagrin Valley Soap

Have you ever considered solid toiletries, such as bar soaps, shampoos and conditioners? These are great options for travelers, as they are considerably lightweight and do not contain gels or liquids.

These bars also create positive impacts for the environment because of their package-free nature. According to UK-based Lush Cosmetics, the pioneer of bar shampoos, over 552 million bottles sold each year are from shampoo, and over 80% of the trash found on beaches are from plastic packaging. In addition, Euromonitor recently reported more than half a trillion plastic bottles will be sold annually by 2021. This demand is equal to approximately 20,000 bottles sold every second and most will end up in the landfill or ocean. This figure does not include other waste, such as additional packaging, plastic bags, or discarded goods.

Intended to last for about 80 washes, one shampoo or conditioner bar from Lush is equivalent to three regular sized bottles of their liquid counterparts. Other brands have followed suit in this plastic-free beauty movement, including Ethique (New Zealand), Beauty & the Bees (Australia), Basin (USA), Friendly Soap (UK), and Chagrin Valley (USA).

Besides eliminating the need for plastic and packaging, here are some benefits to switching from bottles to bars:

1. One bar goes a long way.

2. They are small and lightweight.

3. Support small or independent companies.

4. Many are cruelty-free and use all-natural products

5. They can go on your carry-on luggage!

To get more tips on sustainable hair and skincare products when travelling read our previous Green Tip on this topic.

Sustainability starts from taking small actions that gradually become environmentally responsible habits. Happy washing and happy travels!


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The unpredictable south west monsoon has arrived in destinations across south east Asia. These heavy rains, essential for agriculture, may nevertheless dampen the spirits of international visitors. The rains may also, with planning and aforethought, dent the bottom line forecasts of even the most experience travel industry operators.


To manage issues arising during the monsoon season it may prove beneficial for industry players to place more emphasis on the needs of eco-friendly travellers.


Read on for some basic tips on how to create an eco-friendly package during the monsoon season:


  1. Say ‘no’ to plastic coats

Instead of handing out disposable plastic ponchos to your guests, rent out umbrellas, offer high quality rain jackets or hand out eco-friendly (biodegradable) ponchos. Some companies allow you to print your company’s logo on the products as a way of raising your brand’s profile and making a clear statement about what your business stands for. Be careful to choose PFC-free products. Yes, being sustainable can help grow your business.


  1. Provide an eco-friendly insect repellent

Mosquitoes love the monsoon rains. Be sure to protect your guests from irritating mosquito bites while still being conscious of their health and the environment. Brands such as Cutter or Repel carry eco-friendly repellent. Handing out a portable mosquito net can work as well. Here are some other natural and easy ways to repel mosquitos.


  1. Choose the right activity

Offering the right activity can be challenging during the rainy season. Consider offering sustainable outdoor activities in your package that take advantage (safely) of the heavy rains, such as river rafting or visiting a rice farm. Even indoor activities such as cooking or crafting classes can be enjoyable ways in which to experience local culture.


  1. Encourage travelling

Before the guests arrive, send them a reminder about what clothes to pack for the rainy season. Light, eco-friendly attire dries quickly after a heavy rainfall and it is also lighter to carry, thereby helping to reduce CO2 emissions.


Make the most of this season as travellers are now looking for good deals, fewer crowds, and eco-friendly operators. The monsoon seasons of south east Asia have it all.