You can even help to combat food waste (predicted to account for one-tenth of global emissions by 2050) by downloading the Too Good to Go app when you’re traveling in the UK, which allows you to purchase surplus food from restaurants at a discount.
Leave no trace
The “leave no trace” philosophy isn’t just about packing out your trash in wilderness areas — it’s also about being mindful of your total ecological footprint. Eschewing plastic bottles, cups, bags, takeaway containers and straws are the simplest steps you can take to reduce your impact, and thanks to a recent proliferation of plastic-free directories around the world, it’s easier than ever to support cafes, bars, stores and even hotels that have committed to a more sustainable future. You don’t even need to decline single-use plastic bags from retailers in places like Hawaii, California, Rwanda and even Morocco — those places have already banned them.
When visiting destinations that struggle to cope with the volume of trash produced, (such as Bali, which recently declared a “garbage emergency”) I try to go one step further by taking recyclable trash home and disposing of it properly.
It’s not always easy to be a green traveler but making a conscious effort counts for a lot. Building these tips and tricks into your travel routine can help offset your environmental impact and help you have an even lovelier — and lighter — vacation.