Now that many of us are on a travel break or have had our travel plans postponed there’s no reason why we can’t apply the steps we normally take as a traveller to mitigate our environmental impact at home. Here are some ideas of to apply those principles to your home lives and settings:
- Refillable water bottles – avoid buying small plastic bottles and keep a refillable bottle on your desk and in your car
- The need of a favourite latte or cappuccino is strong after lockdown. Use an affordable refillable cup – some places offer a discount so it’s a double win.
Reduce your carbon footprint
- Travel with someone in your family, friend or Covid19 bubble to reduce the number of vehicles emitting fumes
- Plant an indigenous tree. If you aren’t sure where or how contact local forestry, garden centres and environmental NGOs
- Use local transport rather than self-driving. Perhaps set this as a future goal if you aren’t comfortable right now.
Buy local through supporting markets and local artisans rather than big chain stores.
- Stop at local markets and farms
- Support your local independent businesses when buying birthday, wedding and baby gifts, as well as treats and special items
Reduce waste food.
- As a tourist you tend to buy what you need so instead of the big weekly shop only buy what you need, and avoid the bulk buy offers on fresh items.
- Many councils / town boards collect food waste. If not find a local farmer or smallholding where food waste is a delicious meal for hungry pigs!
Please do your bit to reduce your environmental impact at home as you would when you come to visit us in the beautiful Eswatini.
Written by Jackie Wall, Tours Director