Green Tips for Eco-conscious Travelers
August 13, 2014 by
People concerned about carbon emissions and their contribution to this global phenomenon can use options like carbon offsets offered by airline companies to reduce the carbon footprint of their air travels. Though this technique is debatable and very few people use this option for it to have any significant effect on the environment, it is the only option available to people who travel frequently.
Eco-Conscious Travelers Are Reducing Their Carbon Footprint Even More!
Carbon offsets – Frequent Eco-conscious travelers realize the significance of their carbon imprint but cannot avoid the circumstances due to work or family constraints. Delta Airlines is offering a carbon offsetting option to customers by asking them to donate a sum which is equivalent to carbon generated with their travel. This amount is donated to forest conservation teams across the globe which protect forests and supports afforestation projects at Louisiana and Chile.
Frequent flier miles – United Airlines has introduced an innovative service wherein frequent travelers can use their frequent-flier miles to pay for carbon offsets. Though both these companies have seen only a limited response to these programs and some people doubt its viability, the technique is useful and is the only one available besides abstaining from flying at all.
Some people are not convinced about carbon offset programs of airline companies as they feel that both travelers and airline are doing this just to rid themselves of the guilt of carbon footprint. This is because very few people contribute to these programs in proportion to their travels, to have a significant impact on the environment. Companies are improving the fuel efficiency of their airplane engines to make them less polluting. As ordinary citizens, we can keep travel to a minimum and also take part in conservation projects. In eco-sensitive zones, governments can promote eco-tourism which will protect these areas. Governments around the globe are also setting up emission regulations for aircraft flying in their area which can have a significant impact on global warming.
To reduce carbon footprint during air travel ensure that you are buying a carbon offset program from a credible company. Besides avoiding air travel unless absolutely necessary you can travel light to avoid weight. To limit flight-related carbon footprint you can limit travel to daytime as sun’s rays are reflected back during the day which reduces heat during emissions.
Reward Your Customers for Using Eco-Conscious Travelers Items!
Airlines in the United States and around the world are using various methods internally and are also taking the help of customers to make their services eco-friendly and reduce wastage. A few eco-friendly promotional items and services offered by them are:
a. Replacing paper schedules and tickets with electronic messages about check-in and schedules for flight personnel and passengers.
b. Rewarding customers for keeping load within or below subscribed limits as it will help them to manage load better.
c. Recycled paper and plastic products to meet customers’ inflight needs like tissues, food containers and so on.