5 Eco-Travel Resolutions You Need To Make In 2017
The team at Ecophiles share their top five eco-travel resolutions worth keeping this year...
At the start of another new year, it’s the time everyone is thinking about resolutions to make (and hopefully keep) in 2017.
So we spoke to the team at Ecophiles - the experts on eco travel - for their top five eco-travel resolutions worth keeping this year.
Visit a national park or wildlife reserve
The best way to protect endangered species is to look after their habitats. Try to visit a wildlife reserve this year - you could see some awesome animals as well as supporting the local community who work there.
Love animals? Then don’t hurt them
Elephant rides and animal selfies might seem cute on Facebook but, actually, they’re just cruel. Behind the scenes, savage methods can be used to tame these wild animals. Be kind and vow to stick only to responsible animal encounters - see them on safari, at a responsible rehabilitation centre or donate some time to volunteering.
Use a sustainable travel company
Check out your tour operator’s creds before you book - do they have ethical, environmental and animal welfare policies? Great!
Try to use re-usable containers wherever you can. DYK in 2016, 100 billion single-use coffee cups went to landfill? Yup, that’s 273,972,603 coffee cups every day. Makes you think twice about your morning latte, right?
Thankfully, you can start making a real difference today and help reduce the number of coffee cups going to landfill - and that doesn’t mean giving up coffee (phew). Get yourself a reusable Ecoffee Cup to use at home and on hols - they look cool, they help save the planet and they save you money (many coffee chains will give you a discount if you bring your own reusable cup) - what’s not to like?
Choose souvenirs carefully
Souvenirs are a great way of remembering your trip but think twice before you buy. Items made from coral, shells, ivory or sea turtle products might look pretty but removing them from the natural environment can be really harmful. Plus, Insta pics are the perfect way to remember (and show off about your awesome trip) anyway!
Happy new year - and for the 90s kids among you…. Go Planet!
Written by Melissa Hobson