Tourism, particularly air travel, contributes eight percent to the world’s greenhouse emissions, a 2018 study by the Nature Climate Change reports. Too, the Philippines’ is the third largest contributor of plastic wastes in the ocean.
As the effects of global warming become more evident, it also becomes increasingly necessary for travelers to practice eco-friendliness.
Help reduce the impact of global warming and pollution. Travel responsibly with these useful and simple tips from Filipino travel bloggers.
- Pack light.
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- Travel to lesser-known destinations.
|As one of the Philippines’ youngest provinces, Dinagat Islands in Mindanao is still a relatively untapped destination.|
Celine Murillo of Celineism advocates traveling to “lesser-known places to spread the impact” and lessen carbon footprint in famous destinations.
- Bring your own water bottle or cup.
|Reusable water cup from Ecoheroes|
- Avoid using wet wipes.
- Cook your own meals.
Cooking your own meals helps reduce plastic waste (and also helps if you’re on a tight budget). Gian Carlo Jubela of Adrenaline Romance says, “If our accommodation allows it, we cook our own meals. We don’t order take-out food. Preparing our own meals and dining in eliminates the need to have our food packed in plastic bags or styrofoam trays, which are harmful to the environment.”
- Opt for eco-friendly hotels and resorts.
|Hotel Kimberly in Tagaytay markets itself as an eco-friendly hotel.|
As environmental awareness increases among travelers, more and more hotels are engaging in green initiatives. Mervz Marasigan of Pinoy Adventurista suggests “staying in an eco-friendly hotel” that place a premium on sustainability. He personally recommends Hive and Cocoon Boutique Hotel in Manila.
- Avoid single-use plastics.
Metal straws from Ecoheroes
|Metal straws from Ecoheroes|
“It can help save the environment. I always bring mine wherever I am. Bought it at a reasonable price and (it) has been with me for a long time now.”
- Bring refillable containers for toiletries.
It also helps to “leave a suggestion note in the accommodation to use shampoo/body wash dispenser instead of sachet toiletries,” remarks Sarah Berthe of Travelosio.
- Minimize vehicle use.
Choose walking or biking instead. Not only is it more eco-friendly, it’s good for your heart too!
- Use reef-friendly sunscreen.
- Minimize noise.
- Reuse towels.
- Observe energy-efficient measures.
- Help educate local guides.
How about you? What sustainable practices do you adhere to when traveling?