Top 5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Air Travel
Are you someone who spends a lot of time flying from city to city or perhaps even country to country? If so, then you know what it’s like to devote hours of time in airports, to eat fast food and to also try and find ways to pass the time while you’re in the air. And when you happen to also be an individual who strives to be energy efficient, sometimes doing a lot of air travel can make “being green” quite challenging.
That’s why we wanted to provide you with five tips for how to fly in a more eco-friendly way. Hopefully, these suggestions will cause you to feel like you’re doing what’s better for the environment even as you move about.
Try and choose your aircraft. A lot of people don’t know they can inquire about the kind of plane that will take them to where they need to go, but as you’re booking your reservation, don’t hesitate to ask the customer service agent. The reason why this is a good “green suggestion” is because some aircrafts are more fuel efficient than others. For instance, the Boeing 777 or Airbus A345 have great reputations for reducing carbon footprints and when it comes to the most eco-friendly airline that you can fly on, Virgin America and Air France are the frontrunners.
Print out your boarding pass ahead of time. Being eco-friendly is about conserving resources, right? Well, by making sure to print out your boarding pass from home, you can use your own equipment which hopefully includes recycled paper. Plus, you’ll find yourself saving a significant amount of time once you get to the airport.
Don’t pack a lot of toiletries. Another important “rule” that comes with being green is making sure that you don’t waste things. Most airports have some pretty strict regulations when it comes to how much you can take through the security line that is liquid-based. So, if you aren’t going to check in your luggage, try and go without taking a bunch of toiletries because there’s a chance that they might get thrown away. Wait until you arrive where you’re headed and buy some there instead.
Put food in your bag. Although it would be great if we could pack up food from home and take it with us, that can be a gamble based on what security checks say can go through or not. Therefore, if it’s going to be a long day and you know that you’re going to need to get a bite to eat at the airport, first try and select a meal that’s made from organic ingredients. Secondly, tell the customer service associate that you don’t need their paper or plastic bags; that you’ll just put the food in your backpack or purse. It’s just one more way to do your part when it comes to creating less waste.
Take a recycled water container on the plane. Whether you’re on a plane heading to Los Angeles, New York or to go on one of the Key West ghost tours, unless your flight is under an hour, you’re going to be offered beverage service. Rather than taking your drink of choice in one of the airline’s plastic cups, opt instead to have them pour the drink into one of your recycled containers. That way, they’ll have one less cup to throw out and you can use your own container several times while you’re on your trip. Happy traveling!