2. Consider your mode of transport
With air quality turning from bad to worst in most of the Indian cities, it’s time to reconsider how we fly. While planes are fast, it is not an ideal mode of travel, especially when it comes to protecting the environment. They emit huge amounts of carbon which further leads to global warming.
Before you book a ticket for your next holiday stop and think, ‘Is it necessary?’, ‘Can I reach my destination via bus or train?’ While by ditching planes, you not only reduce your carbon footprint but save a good amount of money as well.
Finally, if taking a plane is your only option to travel, then consider booking a direct flight; choose an economy class over the first-class section (as they have almost a double impact on the carbon footprint). Furthermore, you can also do some research into the airlines' website and choose the one that has the lowest carbon emissions per passenger per mile.
3. Look for eco-conscious hotels and accommodations
Sustainable hotels provide accommodations that are designed to respect the environment and the one that suits the area where they’re located. The most common features of eco-conscious accommodation are installing efficient lighting systems, implementing a low-pressure water facility, and generating their power or energy. In many cases, these novel hotels with eco-credentials also help the local communities by consuming local produce, locally made products and hiring the local folks for service purposes. It is a win-win for both society and nature.
India hosts some spectacular green eco-hotels and resorts. The most famous paradises include Banasura Hill Resort in Wayanad (Kerala), The Dune Eco Beach Village and Spa in Puducherry, The Serai Camp Relais & Chateaux in Jaisalmer (Rajasthan), Nimmu House Ladakh in Leh (Jammu and Kashmir), and so on.
So, next time when you are holidaying in one of these unique hotels, act like you would at your home! Avoid changing towels (if they are clean) when not necessary, curtail your shower time, and do not forget to turn off the lights, TV, and ACs when you step out of the room.
4. Reduce the use of plastic
Plastic poisons the environment and is dangerous for both wildlife and marine ecosystems. Many hotels and resorts have taken several steps to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics from their day-to-day operations.
We (as travellers) can be a part of the solution too! Small steps like ditching the plastic water bottles and using reusable ones, packing our toiletry bottles from home, swapping plastic toothbrushes (a major beach pollutant) with a bamboo toothbrush, remember each one counts.