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Green Vacation Tips for Families

April 15, 2013

Green Family VacationIt’s time to pack your bags and head to the airport for your family vacation. With all of the necessary stuff you’re bringing along on your trip, do you really want to bring a large carbon footprint?

At home, you probably have routines that make an eco-friendly lifestyle easy, but did you know that you can keep your green habits while on vacation, too? These simple green vacation tips will help your family have a great time while still protecting the Earth!

Pack Reusable Bottles
When you’re out and about, it’s tempting to reach for a plastic bottle of water to quench your thirst. But don’t: While they may be handy, these plastic bottles create a mountain – literally – of environmental problems; every year, plastic bottles create 1.5 million tons of waste, 75% of which ends up in streams, oceans and landfills, according to Food and Water Watch.

Plus, every year in the U.S. alone, it takes 32 to 54 million barrels of oil to produce and transport all of those bottles – that’s enough to fuel 1.5 million cars! Avoid the waste and invest in a reusable, BPA-free bottle for each family member.

Turn Down the Laundry Service
Daily linen changes feel luxurious, but each pound of laundry requires three gallons of water, according to AutoWash Magazine. In a small hotel, that adds up to about 3,000 gallons of water daily. And that’s not even counting all of the energy and cleaning products that all of that laundry consumes!
Let your hotel know that you’d like to opt out of daily laundry service. Even cutting back to every third day reduces waste.

Hop On the Bus
Many destinations have effective public transportation, whether through bus, subway or light rail systems. Instead of renting a car, opt for one of these greener options. Not only will you save on gas costs, you’ll treat your kids to an adventure.

Stay Green
Choose a hotel that practices environmental stewardship. Many hotels feature green programs, like high-efficiency lighting, low-flow showerheads, organic linens and toiletries and extensive recycling. Look for hotels and resorts that carry green “seals of approval,” such as those bestowed by Green World, Green Key Global, Green Star or the Green Hotels Association.

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