It’s the little things that count when it comes to saving the environment. Here are some eco-friendly tips you can use when you travel. By Hannah Koh
At the airport
Many transport hubs, like Singapore’s Changi Airport, now provide water coolers after immigration, so you can refill your bottle instead of buying a disposable plastic one.
When travelling to and from the airport, share carbon emissions with fellow passengers by using ride-sharing services such as UberPool or direct airport-bus services.
In the hotel
Set the timer on the air conditioner so that it shuts down a couple of hours before you rise. This cuts energy usage, while the room remains cool.
Instead of using hotel toiletries, bring your own in reusable bottles to reduce waste. Reuse hotel towels and linen to cut down electricity usage from washing.
Exploring on foot is among the most eco-friendly ways to see a city. Sign up for a walking tour led by locals, like Sandemans New Europe.
Renting a car? Hertz’s Green Traveller Collection has 13 models of hybrid vehicles, with more efficient fuel-consumption rates than regular wheels.
Avoid disposables. Instead, bring reusable water bottles, cutlery and shopping bags with you. Try Bambu’s certified organic bamboo utensil sets.
Eat at farmers’ markets and farm-to-table restaurants. Produce is fresh, seasonal and, most importantly, local – so it doesn’t have to travel as far, thus reducing emissions.
A version of this story first appeared in Silver Kris.