When you want to get from one place to another, you may think it’s as simple as booking a flight and showing up at the airport – but you’d be surprised how many sustainable flying tips can make your next trip smoother and more eco-friendly than ever before. By knowing what to expect, both in the airport and in the air, you can be sure that your time in the air will have minimal impact on the planet and your wallet.
In order to fly in an eco-friendly way, it’s important to learn as much as possible about your options and how to choose the one that’s right for you. Once you become more aware of sustainable travel, you’ll see how easy it is to take care of the planet while you travel.
Before your next flight, consider these sustainable flying tips to help you make the best use of your time in the air. Check out these things to know before flying so you can get the most out of your flight without compromising your environmental impact.
Consider Transportation Options
When traveling, you can best consider all transportation options before jumping on a plane. Depending on the location and length of your trip, there are many sustainable ways of getting from point A to point B that don’t require as much money, fuel consumption, or carbon emissions. Some methods are more sustainable than others, depending on where you’re headed. If you’re headed out of town, consider flying out of a local airport instead of a major hub or departing during off-peak hours. When booking a flight, find flights with fewer carbon emissions and destinations with sustainable travel attractions. You can accumulate points with the Miles app ensuring sustainable transportation use in daily life.
Get involved in waste reduction
When flying, you’ll use a lot of plastic and paper products – much more than when you’re on the ground. Pack zero waste by refusing all plastic bags, straws, and water bottles. While on the plane, be mindful of where you’re putting your trash.
Choose your in-flight meal before boarding
If you choose your meal online in advance, you can minimize the number of meals the airline has to prepare for the flight.
Close the awning
Leaving the awning open raises cabin temperatures and requires more energy to keep the aircraft cool.
Packing light can also help reduce your bag’s weight, reducing fuel usage. You’ll also have less to lug around at the airport and your destination. To help with packing, pack only what you’ll need on your trip and buy the rest when you arrive.
You can do many things before your flight that will positively impact your carbon footprint and other aspects of sustainability. Airlines also provide information about what passengers can do to reduce their environmental impact during the trip.
Before you head to the airport, you can do a few things to make your travel as sustainable as possible. Before you get too excited and hop on a plane, ensure that you are prepared by following these few things to know before traveling!
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