August 2019: Green Travel

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Quixotic Coffee, 769 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55116

  • Green Travel– Lessing environmental impact that traveling has by focusing on reducing travelers’ waste and carbon footprint
  • Preparation for travel
    • Pack lightly– save baggage cost and fuel from less weight
    • Bring multi-purpose clothing and items
      • Capsule wardrobes
      • Coats with SO MANY pockets lol
      • Bags
        • Smaller bags with maximum storage
        • Travel Backpacks- suitcase with back straps and compartments
        • Purse/day pack- fit for a water pack, souvenirs and adventures
        • Duffle/suitcase
      • Packing Cubes (from recycled plastic)
    • Bring reusable items
      • Reusable Water Bottle with a filter, or a straw/stick filter
      • Dish-ware, silverware set, straw and tupperware
      • Reusable make-up wipes
      • Reusable cloth/napkin- to use as napkin, washcloth
      • Reusable laundry bag
    • Eco friendly travel items
      • Soap bars (Shampoo, conditioner, body, deodorant (plastic wrap free!):
      • Ex. Lush, Friendly Soap, Ethique, Basin Hair Care
      • Bamboo toothbrush
      • Antibacterial and odorless clothes (less smell = less washing = saving environmental resources)  Organic’s Basics
      • Raw organic sunscreen made from natural ingredients
      • Solar charger, and solar powered items
  • Reservations
          • GreenPartner (minimum), GreenLeader – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum
        • Environmentallyfriendlyhotels.com
          • Eco-friendly score 1-7 leaves (must have 10 of possible 30 green initiatives)
      • Eco-friendly hostels
      • Airbnb’s– less waste, water, energy used
      • Couchsurfing– app to stay at someone’s home (couch or room)
      • Camping
        • Supports State Parks & states’ Department of Natural Resources!
        • Items
          • Steel wool scrubber
          • Water purifiers
          • Microfiber towels (smaller dry faster, and usually softer!)
          • Multi-functional soap (body, dishes, etc)
            • Rub greasy dishes with dirt and soap
          • Refilling propane tanks (refilling)
          • Keep recycling items until obtaining access to a recycling bin
          • Compost- dig 30cm (2.5ft) deep in the earth- then cover
          • Natural bug spray- lavender or vinegar oils →Sara knows
          • Wax ear plugs- reusable and compostable
          • Solar lamps & chargers
          • Refillable lighters
        • Other alternatives
          • Log cabins
          • Staying with friends/family
          • Converted van life-rental
  • Cross country transportation
    • greenroutes.org– routes leading to sustainably minded businesses and areas throughout MN & WI
    • Planes
      • One round-trip flight from the US to Europe adds three to four tons to an individual’s annual carbon footprint and creates more greenhouse gas emissions than driving a medium-sized car 7,500 miles a year (about 2 US cross country trips)
      • Tips to reduce your carbon emissions while flying
        • Take a direct flight if possible
        • Travel economy, fits more people than luxury
        • Pack light, less weight = less fuel used
  • In-city and city to city transportation
    • Mass Transportation
      • Mega bus- all over the world
      • City busses/trains/subway
        • Trains are also a great option when traveling city to city in Europe
      • Hotel/airport bus/shuttle
    • Rental
      • Rental bike-Rent a bike through a city bike rental program
      • Rental scooters
      • Rental cars
        • Avis, enterprise
          • Some Hybrid and “Green Fleet” i.e. low emission cars (ford focus, etc
    • Ride sharing
      • Blablacar- ride sharing app for people going in the same direction
    • Eco-cab companies-
    • Walking
      • Ride share with family, friends
  • While traveling
    • Activities
      • Nature
        • Hiking, bike trails, rock climbing, camping, learning about the area at museums in state parks (about 70 in MN)
      • Green tourism companies
      • Walking tour
      • Museums
      • couchsurfing.com– also has activities and meet-ups
      • Shopping
        • Locally owned shops with locally made souvenirs that represent their culture (generally away from tourists areas)
        • Markets- Night, book, farmers markets, craft fairs, etc.
  • Food and waste reduction
    • Focus on local restaurants
    • Avoid fast food to reduce 1 use to-go containers
    • Bring your own Tupperware for leftovers
    • Save extra sauce packets- using/finishing food
    • Research where/how to recycle at your destination beforehand
      • keep until you can properly dispose
    • Keeping a fire and it’s ashes away from water to protect water quality
  • Environmental Travel nonprofits
    • Pledge for the Wild-a group of mountain towns supporting responsible tourism in wild places.
    • Suggested donation of $1 per hour of your time spent outside enjoying these places
  • Delphane’s 10 tips
    • 1. Gather your addresses before leaving– research eco-friendly places
    • 2. Prepare for you modes of transportation – car, train, plane,)
    • 3. Tupperware/food containers– to reduce food waste and packaging
    • 4. Zero Waste Kits– picnics and take-out
    • 5. Prepare your toiletries bag– reusable, package free items
    • 6. Avoid supermarkets
    • 7. Learn how to say “no thank you” – to straws, take out containers, etc
    • 8. Be attentive when buying souvenirs & gifts- made local, second-hand
    • 9. Eco-tourism– preserving the land and communities you visit
    • 10. Buy Carbon Offsets– to balance out the carbon from your transportation
  • Extra
    • Dr borax- can clean everything with it
    • Sephora & Lush- return black make-up containers to be reused (after every 5/6 you get a free item)
    • Carbon Footprint calculator
    • Working while abroad
      • Work away- working while away
      • Wwoof.com- organic farms
      • Numundo.com- experiences or stays (appetences, or eco-friendly accommodations)
    • Twin cities pera-culture group-

 


 

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