Leaving behind footprints is okay as long as they aren't made of carbon.
There are sooooo many things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint. Your carbon footprint is made up of your habits and activities – energy usage, waste we leave behind & what and how we eat! Here’s some tips for every day life as well as during your travels:
Bring a reusable water bottle!! First of all, you save money by not having to buy jugs or bottles of water all of the time + it’s SO much better for the environment. Try out a Que bottle - perfect for travelling & every day use.
Pack light! The more a plane weighs, the more carbon emissions it produces. Plus, your body will thank you or not having to lug around a ton of extra weight. Try to avoid checked baggage. You can often fit everything you need into a personal item bag & carry on bag. When I travel, I use a Mountaintop backpack which fits everything I need in it & is super comfy for me to carry around.
If you need to use transportation, public transportation is the best way to go. BUT!! When you’re able to, biking or walking is always the best option! It’s also the best way to see the place you are visiting.
Eat local produce and food. This reduces the rates of food being shipped in from elsewhere. It also helps support locals which allows them to keep doing what they do. If you’re going to drink, drink local products! Drink the beer that's made locally or nearby.
Keep your showers short and only do laundry when necessary. Do this always, at home & while you are away. Money-saver + earth-saver.
Be mindful of the earth you are visiting. Stay on pathways to avoid damaging plant-life - much of it is protected or endangered. Leave things where they belong! Don’t tamper too much with the land you are visiting by taking something as a souvenir.
Choose airlines with higher occupancy and more efficient aircrafts.
Reusable bags. Bring them everywhere. Use them always. Try out BeeGreen’s set of 5 reusable bags that fold up into tiny pouches, so that they are easy to pack.
Unplug before you leave! If your house will be unoccupied while you are gone, unplug all of your electronics, appliances, lamps, etc. Even when they aren't on, they are using energy! It’ll also save you money!!
The only thing you should be leaving behind is your footprints. It’s always better to leave a place in better condition than you found it. If there is garbage laying around, pick it up & make sure you aren’t one of those people who left it there in the first place.
Take non-stop flights as often as you can. The takeoff and landing is the most damaging part of the flight as it consumes the most amount of fuel.
Choose to fly economy! Flying economy means that each passenger’s % of carbon emissions is much less because it is spread out over more people. There may be less room for you and your legs, but there is more room for more people.
There are so many things we can do to help reverse the damage done to the earth, and revive its healthy state; these are just the basics. Do the best you can! If we want to keep seeing this earth and exploring its beauty, we need to take care of it.
Stay mindful, stay grateful & enjoy your travels.