The tourism industry is beginning to shift its focus towards sustainability by taking actions like banning single use plastics, investing in renewable energy to sourcing local produce.
These actions are resulting in less waste to landfill, lower electricity sector emissions, lower transport sector emissions and added support to local economies to name a few of the benefits.
Many leading hotel groups have Green Globe certified hotels now listed on The Green Wall. For example, InterContinental, Movenpick, LUX, Hyatt and Sofitel have hotels taking action like reducing single-use plastics.
The Green Wall only intends to list hotels and resorts that have received certification from leading agencies like Green Globe.
For hotels and resorts to be awarded Green Globe Membership, at least 50% of their criteria must be met. Their criteria spans four key themes including: Sustainable Management; Social/Economic; Cultural Heritage; Environment. For more information on Green Globes criteria, please visit their website.
There are several sustainable alternatives to traditional luggage that all serve the same purpose but have a lower environmental impact. For example, backpacks made from recycled plastic bottle and some high-end fashionable luggage made from luxury brand off-cuts.
There are several clothing manufactures using organic cotton, recycled plastics, linen, sustainable denim or other low impact materials.
Several options exist when choosing travel accessories such as travelling with a solar charger for your laptop or mobile can reduce greenhouse gas emissions or using reusable bottles to reduce single use plastics.
Choose to offset emissions by purchasing certified carbon offsets. Some airlines provide the ability to do this however you can also calculate your emissions from other transport such as from buses or cars throughout your journey and purchase carbon offsets.
Qantas have also just launched the world’s first zero waste flight which diverts waste from landfill by composting cups, recycling plastics and uniforms; uses sustainable products like bio-based materials and compostable food services products; and avoids using single use plastics, plastic packaging and paper boarding passes.
Make a difference today and search for alternatives to everyday products from these sustainable brands.