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10 Tips for Reducing Waste While On Vacation

Apr 27, 2015
Melissa Hincha-Ownby

Tips for reducing waste on vacation 

Going on vacation doesn’t mean that you have to leave your commitment to waste reduction behind. Even though you’re out of town and in a different environment, you can still take steps to reduce waste through simple reuse, recycling and waste-avoidance measures. Implementing these 10 tips will help you reduce your waste while on vacation.

1.    Use electronic ticketing and mobile boarding passes. All major airlines provide electronic ticketing services and most airports have e-ticket machine readers at security gates.

2.    Reuse towels unless they are dirty. This is an easy one – unless your towels are dirty, reuse them while on vacation. This will help conserve the amount of water you or your hotel use on laundry.

3.    Find and use recycling bins. Most major hotel chains provide in-room recycling bins, just make sure you separate your waste from your recycling.

4.    Use mass transit instead of taxicabs. Skip the cab line and opt for a bus, trolley, subway, train or other mass transit method. Not only is this an eco-friendly route, but it will also give you a glimpse into the life of a local.

5.    Visit restaurants that utilize seasonal, locally grown food. In addition to being a wiser environmental choice, locally grown food tastes better. Do some research beforehand to check out your options and make reservations ahead of time.

6.    Skip the disposable bag when purchasing souvenirs. Plan ahead of your shopping excursion and bring reusable bags or a large purse to store souvenirs.

7.    Carry reusable coffee mugs or water bottles. Pack your water bottle with you on the plane, just make sure it is empty when you go through security, and avoid buying a bevy of bottled water.

8.    Use hotel shuttle services for transportation to local hotspots. Utilize hotel shuttles for in-town sightseeing. As an added bonus, many hotels offer free shuttle service. Call ahead of your hotel stay to get some details about their shuttle service as some offer transportation to and from the hotel.

9.    Turn off the lights when leaving your hotel room. Just because you aren’t paying the electric bill, it doesn’t mean you can ignore electricity use on vacation.

10.    Take advantage of electronic receipt options when checking out of the hotel or turning in your rental car. If the clerk asks if you would like your receipt emailed to you, answer yes. If you’re worried about being added to email subscription lists, you can easily remove yourself later.

It is easy to reduce waste during your vacation; it just takes a little bit of forethought and planning. Hopefully these tips will help guide you and your family into a more eco-friendly way of vacationing.

What other ways have you reduced your waste footprint while vacationing?

Photo courtesy of Melissa Hincha-Ownby.

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