There are simple steps you can take to make your travels more environmentally friendly without having to go to the extreme and ditch your hotel for a yurt out in the forest. When trying to go green, even the smallest actions count. Below are five simple steps you can take to green your travels.
- When booking your hotel, check to see if it is Green Seal or Green Leaf certified. Hotels that are certified must follow certain environmental procedures, such as having access to recycling, energy-saving appliances, and make efforts to have guests reuse towels and sheets if they are staying longer than one night.
- Rather than printing out your boarding pass, itinerary, and tickets – email them to yourself and access them through your smartphone. Most airlines have systems in place that will let you check in by scanning your cell phone. You’ll not only save paper, you’ll stay better organized.
- Instead of taking cabs or renting a car, walk or use public transit as much as possible. It’s not only the greener option, but you’ll get a better feel for the city you’re exploring and might even stumble upon hidden gems (a cool vintage store or a delicious little bakery) that you may have missed out on if you were in a car. Continue reading
It’s not always easy to control our surroundings in order to make them more eco-friendly. Luckily, there are little things we can do at work to be more sustainable both as individuals and as an office. We’ve put together a list of 5 easy ways to be green at work to get you started.
1. Keep a set of reusable cutlery and glasses/plates around. We all get hungry at work. Whether we’re biting into a mid-afternoon snack, savoring a piece of cake for a co-worker’s birthday or simply eating lunch, we should all be eating on reusable dishware. Think of how much you could save if every meal you ate at work was consumed using cutlery and dishes that didn’t have to be thrown out afterwards!
2. Bring laptops/tablets into meetings instead of printing out agendas. Weekly and even daily meetings at work are a reality. At your next meeting, rather than printing out the meeting’s agenda, why not email it instead and have people bring laptops or digital tablets into the meeting to avoid paper waste? As a bonus, taking notes on your laptop/tablet will also avoid wasting paper.
3. Keep the thermostat at a temperature that’s more than slightly above freezing. Offices usually keep cooler temperatures. People are more productive if they’re not sweating profusely. But there’s a fine balance between sweating and freezing – and that balance is usually around 72 degrees. Keeping the thermostat at a steady 72 degrees will save on energy use and lower electric bills. Continue reading