Travelling green : What You Can Do
-During your stay at hotel, let management know that there is no need to change your towels and sheets every day. ( Some hotels already do this and warn this putting some information in the bathroom, “if you want your towels changed then throw them in the floor”). When you leave the room, turn off the AC/heat, lights and TV. Leave the little bottles of shampoo, if you don’t use them. Avoid room service.
-Book flights with airlines that recycle the waste created when serving food and beverages to passengers. British Airways, for instance, has a very strong environmental agenda. Southwest Airlines recycles all cabin waste, and was the first to offer electronic ticketing system.
-Instead of renting a car use the hotel van service.
-Once arrived to your destination city use public transportation or enjoy the bicycle sharing service in the cities that are already offering thsi service.
Before you leave home follow these green tips:
-Put water heater onto “Vacation” or lowest setting.
-Turn off AC/heat or adjust the thermostat to protect plants, etc.
-Turn water off from outside connection (in this way prevent flooding should a pipe break while you’re gone). When you return, turn on the water slowly and check for problems.
-Appliances, such as TVs and cable converter boxes, should be unplugged because they can draw or “leak” as much as 40 watts per hour even when they’re off. If you are traveling for long vacations then turning off electricity is better.
-Lower the temperature of waterbed heaters at least ten degrees.
-Stop your newspaper. You may be able to donate it to a school.