5 WAYS TO TRAVEL MORE CONSCIOUSLY
You’ve made the switch to ethical fashion and eco-friendly beauty products, and purpose-driven brands are high on your agenda, but when it comes to travel… how can you become more conscious?
Like our Founder, Tatiana, for the modern, driven and adventurous woman… travel is a part of life. In fact, more than 8 million people fly every day. But whether it’s business-related or pleasure-seeking, travel can take its toll on the environment.
With the aviation industry burning a colossal 1.5 billion barrels of oil a year, contributing to approximately 2 percent of total carbon emissions around the world, tourism increasing pollution, and extra stress being placed on native plants, animals and ecosystems, our desire to travel is changing the world forever. However, it doesn’t have to be so destructive.
A number of travel companies and resorts are taking steps to create ethical and sustainable solutions for the travel and tourism segment. Enabling people to behave more responsibly, leave a positive impact on the local community, and decrease their carbon footprint, these businesses are helping to transform the way we travel.
From eco-friendly resorts to sustainable luggage, here are just five ways you can travel more consciously.
According to luxury travel group Pro travel “no matter where you want to go on vacation, there is always a better, greener way to travel.” So before you embark on your next journey, take time to research responsible tour operators, pick ecologically sustainable products for personal use, and pack reusable water bottles.
Making small, but mindful decisions will help to make your next trip greener before you’ve even set off.
Aside from packing efficiently and sensibly in order to lower your aircraft’s carbon emissions, the luggage you choose can also make a difference.
Brands such as Matt and Nat, an entirely vegan brand that produces bags out of the least harmful materials for the planet they can find, sell a selection of backpacks and weekenders that can be used as carry-on luggage. And, ethical, luxury fashion brand Maiyet creates high-end tote bags forged by partnerships with artisans that promote self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship in developing economies.
BRING A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills everyday, in the US alone – but you don’t need to add to that figure.
Today, a handful of brands cater to the conscious consumer by producing reusable bottles that look great and do good. Keeping your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, while giving back to those in need, S’well’s luxury stainless steel bottles come in a range of sizes and stunning designs. The perfect solution for stylish women on-the-go.
PICK AN ECO-FRIENDLY HOTEL
Today, picking an eco-friendly resort doesn’t mean compromising on style or luxury. From the fully solar-powered Finolhu Villas in the Maldives to the White Pod in snowy Switzerland – a luxury, self-sufficient suite designed to use minimal amounts of water and electricity – nowadays ethical resorts are both innovative and impressive.
Perhaps the easiest switch to make when practicing conscious travel, whatever you’re looking for there are plenty of options designed to leave a positive impact on the local environment.
Finally, if you’re looking to make a tangible difference during your vacation, then why not volunteer for a local eco-project?
In Thailand, for example, you can combine sightseeing and relaxing on beautiful beaches with a volunteering project such as home staying with the hilltribes in the north or removing trash from its coastline and coral reefs. It will involve some extra work, but the impact you’ll leave could be life-changing.