Reducing  Waste  When  You Travel:
  Making Environmental Choices

    ravelers create a lot of waste, even with
    the best intentions. Whether you're trav-
    eling for business or pleasure, you can
do a few simple things that will reduce your
waste, conserve resources, and minimize the
overall environmental impact of your visit.
What's more, you won't have to sacrifice
comfort or convenience to do them.
   Before You Leave.
      With a little planning and a few simple
      changes to your habits, you can make a big
      difference when traveling.

      Stop your newspaper subscription while you're
      away. Some newspapers will let you donate
      these papers to a school or other group.
      Check with your newspaper publisher.

      Use electronic tickets whenever possible for
      plane, train, boat, and bus trips. They gener-
      ate less waste and cost less to replace.

      When planning a road trip, make sure
      your vehicle is "road-ready" to
improve fuel efficiency, prevent pollution, and
save money. Make sure your engine is prop-
erly tuned and your tires are properly inflat-
ed. If you change your own motor oil, be
sure to recycle it at any "quick lube" shop,
gas station, or auto parts store that accepts
used oil for recycling.

When booking your guestroom, campsite,
or meeting location,  consider locations within
walking distance of planned outings or that
are easily accessible to public transportation.

If you have one,  remember to take your own
camera, so that you don't have to rely on a
disposable one. To reduce packaging waste,
try to use film with more exposures since
12-exposure film uses the same amount of
packaging as 36-exposure film.

"Down-size" your toiletry items for travel
by reusing and refilling small bottles and jars
you already have with products you already
have, such as mouthwash, shampoo, or
other necessities.
                                    Did You Know?
                         Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964)
                         and  mature travelers made over 241 million
                         trips in 2002. Mature travelers (age 55+) made
                         about 75 million of those trips.


Many hotels have waste reduction and energy
conservation plans. Book your trip with one
that does, Otherwise, try these easy things to
help hotels reduce waste,

Participate in the hotel's recycling program,
If they don't have a recycling program, ask
them to start one,

Let the hotel know that it's not necessary to
change your sheets and towels every day.

When you're out of your room, turn off the
lights, radio, TV, computer,  and other electric
devices,  and adjust the air conditioner and the
heat to use less energy.

On cold  nights, draw curtains to keep heat in
the room, and similarly on hot days, draw cur-
tains to keep the heat out of the room,
  When camping,
  whenever possible. Rent equipment
  and      waste-free by bringing
  reusables and recyclables home with
  To           out of the environment,
  don't use             when fishing.
  When hiking, carry an          so
  you can pick up and carry out any
        along the way.
   If the hotel provides a complimentary newspa-
   per, or if you buy your own, ask the hotel to
   see that it's recycled,

   Take partially used shampoo, soap, and other
   complimentary hotel items with you when
   you check out; leave unopened items in
   the room.

   If available, use the  hotel's electronic check-
   out program on  the television or over the
   telephone to reduce paper waste.
  If renting transportation, ask about
  alternative fuel vehicles. Although such
  rentals may be limited in availability,
                  do              gas,
  hybrid-electric, or clean-air gas

   Sightseeing brochures, food, and packaging
   account for most of a traveler's trash, By tak-
   ing some simple steps, you can eliminate or
   reduce this kind of waste, as well as cut
   down on  other types of pollution.

— Plan sightseeing activities where you can use
   public transportation or the hotel van, or walk,
   bike, or rideshare,

 Resist the urge to grab more brochures than
 you need. Be sure to recycle the ones you
 don't keep as souvenirs.
 Don't litter. Carry your trash with you until find
 a waste container,
 Buy recyclable products for your trip, or as sou-
 venirs. Be sure to recycle them when you're fin-
 ished using them,

 Dine at "eat-in" restaurants and hotel dining
 rooms whenever possible to decrease the num-
 ber of disposable items associated with meals.
   When eating at carry out restaurants, take only
   the condiments, napkins, and utensils you
   need, Try skipping a straw altogether, or
   declining a bag when you don't need one.

   Take  reusable plates and flatware on picnics.

   Clean up after picnics and other outings.
   Dispose of all waste in trash receptacles to pre-
   vent  debris from accidentally fouling the land,
   the water, or harming wildlife.
Ecotourism is a traveling philosophy to
             minimize their impact on the
       they visit. It doesn't      much to
be an ecotourist or a "green" traveler.
You can set an         by following
      few simple practices.
•         only footprints. Take everything
    out that you brought with you,
•   Don't      anything from natural
    historical       or hotels.
•  Value wildlife.               and their
•  Protect and
   and wetlands.
«  Conserve and          natural resources,
•  Don't litter. Pick up and properly
           of trash when you see it.


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