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Sometimes, you just want to escape into the wild and break away from routine. Camping trips help to rejuvenate the soul and give you a fresh perspective on life. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Although, it would be a shame if your trip adversely affected the environment.

Here are some tips on how you can enjoy an eco-friendly camping experience:

  • Reduce your carbon emission by carpooling to the camp site instead of arriving in separate vehicles.
  • Bring reusable utensils, plates, and pack refillable water bottles. This is cost efficient and will minimise waste.
  • Leave nothing but footprints and make sure to dispose of your garbage properly. Carry enough garbage bags and recycling bags. If there are no designated dumping bins, pack up the trash and don’t leave any behind.
  • A cosy campfire to gather around and roast marshmallows over can be great, just make sure that your location doesn’t have a fire ban; if there isn’t one, then be sure to keep your fire under control.
  • Never get too close to wild animals, don’t feed them either. Store your food and garbage securely so that animals can’t rummage through.
  • Preserve the tranquillity of the environment, let nature’s sound carry on triumphantly.
  • For washing and cleaning, use products that are less harmful for the environment. Try biodegradable soaps and check out these multipurpose alternatives. Just remember that no matter what the label, no soap/detergent etc. should be used directly in rivers or lakes. Use such products at least 200 feet away from any water source.
  • Consider alternatives to toxic bug sprays. Read more about natural mosquito repellents.
  • You can even try using a DIY natural sunscreen.

To learn more about planning responsible outdoor trips, read our previous posts: Enjoying a responsible national park visit and Tepee or not tepee. That is the question.

If you’re looking for a more glamorous camping experience, then perhaps glamping might be what you’re looking for. Either way, a break from a bustling life is just what the doctor ordered!

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Halloween is just around the corner so here are some ideas to ensure that the spookiest time of the year is green. Whether you are celebrating with your family and friends or have a themed event at your office, you are only a few steps away from a ‘green’ Halloween.

Decorations and costumes

Look for do-it-yourself decoration ideas by making the most of recyclable items around your house and workplace. Browse for easy recycled decoration ideas and be inspired. Tin cans of all sizes, empty glass bottles, jars and toilet paper rolls can easily be turned into scary décor. It’s the same with your costume. Browse your wardrobes or the local flea markets for clothing suitable for your scary DIY Halloween costume.

Choose environmentally-friendly face paint to make your own fake blood. to get motivated, or if you lack all necessary items, make it a fun get-together with friends and ask them to bring arts and crafts supplies and recycled materials to trade.

Food and drinks

No Halloween party is complete without drinks and snacks. Green your party with reusable crockery and cutlery and search for recyclable or compostable items if required.  Choose organic candy without artificial flavours or preservatives. There are many options for delicious and healthy home-made Halloween snacks including vegetarian/vegan options that do not require detailed preparation and cooking/baking skills.

Pumpkins

Halloween is simply not the same without pumpkins. However, think about how to get the most from your pumpkin. Many people use pumpkins purely for decoration, even though they make delicious pies, soup, bread and even dog food. Check out these creative upcycling ideas for pumpkins using old sweaters, socks and more. If you choose a real pumpkin, make sure to read our tips on what to do with pumpkin waste.  

Take this year’s green Halloween initiative one step further by staging a fun competition in your workplace. Form teams to create the most sustainable and creative decoration for the office and then post your spooky Halloween photos on social media.

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Green your golf game

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Green your golf game

Golf is an integral part of the travel and tourism mix across the Asia Pacific region. Many thousands of golfers escape the cold winters of Europe, North America and Northeast Asia to capture the sunshine and glorious landscapes of well-manicured gold courses in warmer climes. But how can they also take into consideration the importance of preserving and protecting the environment when enjoying a round of golf?

Here are our top five tips for reducing golf’s environmental impact.

Tip # 1: Use reclaimed water

  • Add water features such as ponds, rivers, lakes and waterfalls that collect water and provide challenging hazards for golfers
  • Use rainwater or reclaimed waste water for irrigation

Tip # 2: Reduce energy consumption

  • Switch to LED lighting – including inside the clubhouse and for floodlights during night-time play
  • Consider utilising renewable energy (e.g. geothermal, solar or wind) throughout the property
  • Enjoy driving around the course with zero emissions by investing in solar powered golf carts. Find out more here
Solar powered golf cart

Solar powered golf cart

Tip # 3: Use products which are recycled or reuse materials

Tip # 4: Dispose of all rubbish responsibly

  • Course management companies should ensure that recycling and waste receptacles are easily accessible
  • Encourage recycling broken tees
  • Use your own water bottle and top up regularly at each drinks station. Encourage courses not to sell water and soft drinks in plastic bottles

Tip # 5: Show your respect to local wildlife

  • Use the landscape to your advantage and create a unique course that maintains the authenticity of your destination. This can provide a new challenge for golfers and also help brand your course by making it more recognisable
  • Convert the ‘rough’ and out of bounds areas to more drought-tolerant native grass species
  • Every golf course is home to a fascinating variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. Remember that these animals were there before you. Do your best not to disturb their natural habitat

This San Francisco-area course sits within a 32,000-acre wildlife refuge and shares its home with many species of native plants and animals like deer and birds. Photo credit: Crystal Springs

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