Green travel is traveling that give importance to protecting the natural and cultural environment of the places you visit. That means conserving plants, wildlife and other resources; respecting local cultures and ways of life; and contributing positively to local communities.
Why go green?
With billions of tourists crisscrossing the globe every year, it's more important than ever for travellers to minimize their individual impact on the earth's natural and cultural treasures. Taking a green approach to travel is an easy and essential way to protect the places you love to visit, not just for yourself but for the travellers who come after you and for the people who will continue to live there long after you've flown home. As an added bonus, it often makes for a more rewarding, authentic travel experience, encouraging deeper connections with the people and places you visit.
Green Travel Tips
- Fly non-stop
- Do the research. Many airlines post their environmental policies online.
- Choose airlines with in-flight recycling programs.
- Choose electronic tickets over paper if given the option.
- Use your voice - provide feedback on your airline's environmentally-friendly programs.
- Offset the carbon from your trip (purchase carbon offsets online).
Before Your Trip
- Be sure to pack light! Heavier planes use more fuel and emit more carbon into the atmosphere.
- Stop your newspaper delivery.
- Depending on weather, turn down heating thermostat or turn up the temperature on your air conditioner.
- Turn down the thermostat on your water heater.
- Unplug appliances that won't be in use while you are away.
- Bring a nightlight so you don't need to leave a hotel bathroom light on.
- Find out more about the places before you travel.
At the Hotel
- Look for hotels that are a member of the Green Hotels Association or have other environmentally friendly credentials.
- Let the hotel know that you prefer not to have towels and sheets changed every day.
- Turn off the AC, heat, lights, and TV when you leave the room.
- Bring your own soap and toiletries to reduce waste.
- Participate in the hotel's recycling program.
- Take opened hotel soaps and toiletries home to finish them and recycle packaging.
- Conserve water. Keep showers short and turn off water while brushing your teeth.
- Bring your own cup or re-usable water bottle rather than using the disposable ones provided.
- Give feedback to the hotel on their environmentally-friendly programs.
- Unplug any appliances you will not be using.
At Your Destination
- Use public transportation where available.
- Travel with a tour operator that's environmentally responsible
- Shared-rides, like hotel vans, are environmentally preferable to passenger cars.
- Walk wherever possible – it's a great way to experience a destination!
- Light campfires only in established fire rings
- Deposit your trash in marked receptacles
- When hiking, always stay on marked trails and maintain a safe distance from any animals you encounter
- Take only brochures or maps that you plan on using.
- Do not buy souvenirs or other products made from endangered animals or plants
- Use a digital camera instead of a disposable camera.
- Many cities have bike rental programs -- sightsee, get some exercise and save money.
- If renting a car, choose a hybrid or the smallest car for your needs.
- Buy local products and services wherever possible
- Learn few words in the local language
- Dress and behave sensitively
- Be open to cultural differences
- Respect the natural environment. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
- Treat the locals with respect
- Refrain from aggressive bargaining
- Use a local guide
- Consider taking a Volunteer vacation so that you can give back something to the society.
- Choose to support locally owned businesses
After returning home
- Share tips about responsible travel. In addition to telling family and friends about the wonderful memories you made, also consider sharing tips on how they too can positively impact these destinations while having an amazing journey.
- Explore more. Travel is just the start of learning. Once you return home, continue exploring and being involved with the issues or region that captured your attention. Build your knowledge.
- Give back. Travelling often opens our eyes and our hearts. Help to preserve these inspirational destinations for generations to come by making a donation to programs that give back and benefit the local community.
Le Green's Ecofriendly Philosophy
- Eco friendly construction of rooms and interiors using local materials.
- Our resort campuses are green with variety of trees
- We employ local people in almost all our departments
- Rainwater harvesting is practised inside the campus
- Solar water heater is used for hot water requirements
- Organic waste is turned into compost and used as manure.
- An organic vegetable and fruit garden is maintained
- Water from the swimming pools are drained out for irrigation purposes
- Non Organic waste is segregated and handed over to a local waste dealer
- Alternative energy like wind energy options are also used
- Wherever possible, bio gas is used for cooking
- A small dairy and poultry farm is maintained for hotel use.
- We support the local community by outsourcing local products.
- For sightseeing and outdoor activities, we engage local guides and experts.
- Guests and staff are educated on our environmental policies.