Sustainability is important if we want to take care of our planet and protect the environment. The media focuses a lot on sustainable fashion and food, both areas where a lot can be done. Yet what about air travel?
As a travel-loving family this has played on my mind a lot recently. Not only do we love to take adventures and explore this glorious world, we also fly to Denmark frequently. We often travel SAS and I was pleased to learn that they now offer their travellers an option to choose 100% bio-fuel or a mixture of carbon offsets and bio-fuel when booking tickets. I’m proud to fly SAS knowing they have long-term targets in place and have a focus on climate change. All of their youth tickets are CO2-compensated, too, which means anyone under 26 can travel responsibly. You can still be sustainable and travel the world.
THREE WAYS TO BECOME A MORE SUSTAINABLE FLYER
What can you do to become a more sustainable traveller? These are my top tips but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below?
PACK LIGHT – this is an obvious one. Do you really need those extra clothes, shoes and whatever else you throw in last minute, just in case? If you want tips on packing a carry-on then read what the experts say in my post HOW TO TRAVEL WITH HAND LUGGAGE ONLY. Many larger cities and hotels offer services to rent equipment so you don’t have to carry that extra load. We’ve used Baby Golightly in Copenhagen and they even deliver prams and buggies to the airport for your arrival. Too much heavy baggage means increased energy consumption and emissions.
CHECK IN ELECTRONICALLY – most airlines have apps and the option of storing your paperwork and boarding pass on your smartphone or tablet. Download newspapers and magazines and even books to your electronic devices saving not only on weight but paper, too.
ARRIVE ON TIME – delaying a flight is not only annoying for your fellow passengers it could also mean that the plane has to fly faster to try and catch up and this leads to increased emissions. Arriving at the airport in good time also allows you to take advantage of the many shops and restaurants and ensures a stress-free experience especially if you travel with children.
Do you think about sustainability when you travel? Do you have any tips to add?