Six practical ways to travel ethically

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In 2017, the number of respondents to the Ethical Travel Index that said they did not use private jets or helicopters grew from 14% to 16%.

Traditionally, the use of private jets and helicopters has been associated with conspicuous consumption, rampant consumption and tourism corruption. However, private air travel is still a mainstream part of mainstream tourism including airline travel and car hire.

While technology, transportation and the confluence of social, environmental and health issues means that these trends are likely to continue growing, what one traveller can do about it is up for grabs.

1. Choose to fly economy class

In the future, flying economy class may not be as commonplace as it is now. Uber has predicted that, by 2030, up to three-quarters of all trips will be taken by drivers using on-demand services. THe city has already seen airlines such as WOW and Cheboni de Sao Paulo expanding into the popular low-cost low-fare segment. The likes of Icelandair and Spirit Airlines are also investing in Wi-Fi on board and providing free wi-fi to full-service passengers to further reduce the amount of plastic being carried along the route.

2. Make everything eco-friendly

The most Earth-friendly travel option will be the possible way of travelling. While sustainable travel will not be as simple as unpacking a tonne of old plastic packaging, it will include something that matches your lifestyle. If you plan to travel light, invest in a compact suitcase, travel light with your own charger, take a high quality toiletry and clean bathroom bag, use a plug-in plug and just as importantly, do not destroy natural habitats with your travels.

3. Re-use/reduce

There is a lot of impetus to reduce waste by identifying harmful waste and reducing waste. Until recently, packaging was largely overlooked and it was consumers alone that were responsible for it. But within the industry, there is growing awareness of packaging waste which will grow and affect businesses in the future. Instead of throwing products out, as an example, consider re-using cans, serving trays and boxes. These can then be put to use as decoration to improve your home. Also, consider selling the packaging, recycling plastic trays in the company canteen, or calling a repair shop to make a simple change.

4. Make sure you are environmentally conscious as you shop

Shopping in your own home will have a substantial impact on the environment. Small changes such as wrapping things in energy-efficient cardboard can make a huge difference. Getting involved with the Small Change Shop website can help you start making small changes to reduce the amount of packaging.

5. Buy recycled products

Bulk purchases are great but it’s also good to know what you’re buying is sustainable. Take a look at the place where you get your home goods and make sure the products are sustainable in at least one way. If possible try to buy products from manufacturers that are not only environmentally friendly but also socially responsible. These things can be bought on the ASOF website which can then reduce the number of products bought in general.

6. Buy local

Those traveling abroad for work have a great opportunity to build a social connection. Many places offer hospitality services in the form of coffee, food, tour guides and local skills. Many countries allow visitors to return home to take advantage of these services. Some areas even have home stays and co-operative residences where you can stay with one of the members. Also check out the holidays section of your local newspaper, attend seminars, go to farmers’ markets, join a co-operative, join a community group or join your local sport or organisation.

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