Part 2: Traveling[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='18' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] There’s plenty of ways to take care of our Blue Planet™ while around town. But you can make just as big of an impact when traveling. Check out these tips to put into practice when you’re on a business trip, vacationing or taking an impromptu road trip.
Pack what you need
Pack light for plane trips when possible. The more a plane weighs, the more carbon emissions it produces. So, pack only what you need – it saves you money on baggage fees and makes carrying your luggage less of an effort, too.
Staying at a hotel? Ask the concierge about the best ways to recycle items from your room. Many hotels offer recycling or the option of reusing sheets and towels to reduce water usage.
During your stay, remember to keep your showers short and shut off the water while you’re brushing your teeth. When you leave your room, turn off the air-conditioning, heat, television, lights or any other electronic devices.
When traveling, read labels to better understand how products are made. Then, vote with your wallet by refusing to buy items made from non-sustainable materials.
Whether it’s your favorite mom and pop restaurant or a local market, choose to eat, drink and shop at local establishments. Local products not only spend less time in transit cutting down on fuel use, but you’re helping the local economy – not to mention bolstering the local culture.
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Taking Care of our Blue Planet® Summertime Style[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='18' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] When you think of your summer outings – concerts, sporting events, beaches, camp sites – flashes of carefree days and fun probably flash through your mind. What’s most likely not flashing through your mind - how to properly dispose of your trash while doing all these great activities.
Working at Republic, we have the knowledge of what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint and recycle properly (think Empty. Clean. Dry.), even when we’re enjoying all the fun summer has to offer. When we do this, we aren’t just living more sustainable lives, we’re also leading by example.
We get it - recycling away from home or the office may be far from second nature. But with these tips, you may soon be making an even bigger difference in your local community and wherever your summer journey takes you.
Leave no Trace:
When visiting beaches and parks, be sure to take back everything you bring in, so that you leave the place undisturbed. While the land will look as if you were never there, photos and fond memories will tell a different story.
Bring a Bag:
Keep a small, plastic storage bin in your car to hold your recyclables when you’re on the road. Seek out recycling containers at rest stops to unload these recyclables.
If you’re spending a day somewhere that you know won’t provide recycling opportunities, pack a plastic bag for those aluminum cans you and your crew will empty while there.
If the bags remain clean when you arrive home, recycle them at participating stores.
A plastic bottle is any container with a neck or an opening that’s smaller than its base. That includes:
- Milk jugs
- Beverage bottles – water, soft drinks, juice
- Shampoo, toiletries, laundry detergent
- Condiment bottles
If they’re not clean, give them a good rinse and let them dry before recycling.
While fruits, veggies and healthy snacks are encouraged, that’s not the only way to snack guilt-free. Pack your snacks in reusable containers and use reusable water bottles, coffee mugs and travel totes to carry it all.
Stay tuned next week for even more planet-friendly tips to take with you on your longer trips!
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