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Seven Easy Eco Travel Tips
SAY "NO" TO PLASTIC
Bring a reusable water flask from home or
ask your tour operator or hotel to provide
one for you. Such requests also send the
message that travelers care about stopping
the plastic waste that clogs landfills and
pollutes our seas - and may spur more
travel companies to also say no to plastic.
SKIP THE SHRIMP.
Most of it comes from aquaculture ponds
bulldozed out of tropical mangrove forests
and doused with chemicals. Opt for
sustainably sourced seafood by use of the
Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch
List phone app.
Patronize hotels and tour companies that
include a sustainability commitment
statement on their websites. Sure, some
might be "greenwashing" - talking without doing - but most will provide a good
idea of what they're doing to go green,
and a statement puts them on record
as being open to your questions about
When dining out, always go local and,
when possible, organic.
CARRY A FOLD-UP REUSABLE
It's one of the easiest things we can do for
the environment, to avoid contributing to
TAKE THE TRAIN, BIKE,
AND WALK WHERE YOU CAN.
It's environmentally friendly and will help
you embrace the slow travel movement -
which emphasizes experiencing more than
just seeing a place. When you do fly, use a
reliable carbon-offset provider such as
MyClimate to offset your air travel, and
opt for nonstop flights versus connections -
fewer flights, less emissions.
NEVER BUY WILDLIFE PRODUCTS.
Ever. From pretty shells in Vietnam, to fur
hats in Kazakhstan, to sea turtle bracelets
in Maldives, no matter where you are, the
odds are overwhelming that such items
came from killing wild animals. Just say no
- and send a powerful message that travelers do not support the illegal wildlife trade.
Virtuoso traveler shopping
local in an outdoor market.
operations and practices.
It's about the green fundamentals
of "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle."
The protection of natural
and cultural heritage.
Supporting wildlife conservation
organizations or scientific research
projects aimed at protecting
nature are just two examples
of ways to become involved.
Likewise, preserving cultural
heritage can mean contributing
funding for archaeological site
restoration or promoting traditional
handicrafts. Tourism should
not conquer a place; it
should enhance its cultural
and natural authenticity.
Social and economic benefits
to local communities.
This means hiring local staff
as a priority, providing fair
wages and benefits, and
supporting locally owned businesses as much as possible.
THE 2017 COLLECTION