2020 and 2021 haven’t been easy. We endured circuit breakers, enhanced measures and countless fluctuations in Covid-19 cases as we eagerly waited to be able to travel again. More countries are opening Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) to and from Singapore, so travellers would not have to quarantine in applicable countries.
However, if we are not careful, we might worsen the global climate crisis, as the tourism industry is responsible for approximately 5% of global warming (BBC, 2020).
Fret not, as we are here to inform you below in this article about how you can minimize your environmental impact when travelling.
Choose to travel on trains or coaches
Trains (international/intercity) and coaches produce the least CO2 for every kilometer (BBC, 2020). Even though they take up more time, they provide numerous benefits over flying. For example, you get to arrive in the heart of major cities, not at an airport usually far away from the city center. Some trains stop at the heartlands of various countries, too, enabling you to explore off-beaten tracks and immerse yourself in the country’s authentic culture. Did we also mention the scenery you will get to experience?
You can practice sustainability by purchasing from local businesses! When you spend on local businesses, you can be assured that you will get the best quality food and merchandise at lower prices. In addition, there are no extra costs incurred from transportation, human resources, packaging, and taxes. Thus helping reduce your carbon footprint. So indulge in some guilt-free shopping when you support local businesses!
Limit Packaging (Use reusables)
Utilize reusables such as tote bags, cutleries and containers as much as possible. Minimizing packaging goes a long way in reducing waste as it reduces avoidable waste and prevents landfills from filling up at a faster rate.
Here are some reusables that you can get at affordable prices:
Thermal Stainless Steel Flasks by Bamboostrawgirl
Round Nesting Containers (Set of 3) by Your Sustainable Store
Are you planning a trip anytime soon? Do you have any more tips when it comes to travelling sustainably? Let us know in the comments!