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Tips on Packing Light for Your Next Business Trip

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A simple equation: The more the luggage weighs, the heavier the plane. The more a plane weights, the more fuel it uses, the more carbon emissions your trip produces. Here are some ways to pack less, save the environment, while saving your back!

1. Skip the hazzle- dazzle: Ditch the colors

Neutral colors are compatible with almost anything and doesn’t make it seem like you’re repeating clothing. For women, black pants can be versatile for day and night, with just a change of accessories! For men, a neutral colored suit and a change of tie and shirt should be enough for up to five meeting days. Don’t underestimate mix and matching!

2. Lose weight on electronics

Tablets are always a good alternative to laptops, if you need to use a laptop during your trip, you could also check for a business center in your accommodation. Another way to bring fewer electronic items is to audit your battery lifespan and understand whether you will need your charger for your trip (don’t forget to fully charge it before leaving).

3. Don’t let your bag bug you

Purchasing the right bag is more important than you think. Regular suitcases tend to weight more than 25% of the airline weight limit. By investing in a light weight bag, you will have more space and produce fewer carbon emissions.

4. Get rid of printed items and bulky folders

Pen drives and email attachments should be sufficiently effective nowadays, printed items and bulky folders are a thing of the past.

5. Optimize your cosmetics

Toiletries are low hanging fruit here- utilize what the hotel gives you, or consider using bar soaps. Check out this complete guide to sustainable hair and skincare when traveling. Remember to keep it light and sustainable!

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TaxiBot in action at Frankfurt Airport. Driven by electric motors, the tractors are real powerhouses — the narrow-body model has around 500 kilowatts of drive output (approximately 800 hp). Credit: Lufthansa LEOS

 

Until now, airplanes have had to use their own turbines to travel from the gate to the runway. But thanks to drive technology from Siemens, an all-new diesel-electric towing tractor controlled from a plane’s cockpit can now perform this task. Known as TaxiBots, the tractors save fuel, extend maintenance intervals, and cut noise. Already certified for the Airbus 320, TaxiBots will soon be able to safely pull about 70 percent of all the passenger planes worldwide.

Read the full article on this environmentally friendly taxiing solution here.

By Christine Rüth and Sebastian Webel for Siemens’ Pictures of the Future.

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