How Can Travel Be Planet & People Positive?
Updated: Apr 4, 2022
As travellers become increasingly conscious of the negative effects of over tourism on the environment, it is crucial to highlight ways to explore the world without harming it.
This is why we at Trees4Travel have devoted our efforts to making travel planet and people positive. How do we do this? By making it possible for people to experience the world in the knowledge that their travels can be a powerful force for good through translating their trips into trees.
Trees are one of the most efficient means of absorbing carbon emissions – by planting trees in developing countries, you’ll also help to restore ecosystems, biodiversity and support local communities through the dignity of employment - together building a more sustainable and equitable world.
Whilst reducing our emissions where we can is vital, reforestation will play an enormous role in reversing the adverse effects of climate change, but it is important to remember that trees can be fragile and take time to grow, so to ensure your travel carbon emissions are removed immediately, each tree is always paired with a United Nations (CER) certified emissions reduction project. This additional investment in renewable energy, essentially doubles our positive impact.
In addition to investing in our programs when you travel, there are several ways to make travel people and planet positive. Here are a few tips!
Go digital. Instead of printing your boarding pass, transfer vouchers, hotel reservations, and other travel documents, use your phone to scan them. This is a great way to reduce unnecessary paper and is less clutter when your travel.
Use the most environmentally friendly transportation available. Ride share, use trains, electric vehicles, cycling, and of course, walking, they all contribute to reducing pollution and carbon emissions.
Avoid single use plastic through out your journey. Bring your own reusable toiletries, water bottle, and avoid buying items that are not recyclable locally.
Research and book hotels that have documented eco- friendly practices and support the wellbeing of their staff and the community. Excursions are a great way to see the destinations, but make sure they respect and protect the local flora and fauna, and represent their cultural heritage with authenticity.
Eating at locally owned restaurants offering typical dishes with ingredients from the area, is another way to make a positive impact on the environment while travelling.
It is also a great idea to buy from local artisans and craftsman. These products are often more sustainably made and also bring additional tourist dollars to local communities. Also, avoid buying products or gifts made from protected or endangered animals.
Ditch chemical sunscreens for reef-safe options. The chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate have been found to increase coral bleaching, which is incredibly harmful to ocean ecosystems.
These are only just a few ways to make your trip more planet and people positive. Make sure you keep checking our websites for more sustainable travel tips!