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Save the earth one trip at a time. Here’s how you can be a responsible traveller

With scarce resources, it is imperative that we follow simple steps to avoid waste and make the most of the facilities we get. Here’s how to do that.

travel Updated: Sep 24, 2017 09:37 IST
Measures like bringing your own comb and toothpaste can go a long way in preventing wastage.
Measures like bringing your own comb and toothpaste can go a long way in preventing wastage. (Shutterstock)

There would be hardly any person in this world who doesn’t love travelling. Even before the ‘hangover’ of one trip ends, most of us start dreaming about ticking off the next destination from our bucket list. But, do we ever think about the impact of our holidays? Dr Sherry Sebastian, director, IBNII Resort and Spa, Coorg, talks about simple ways to become a responsible tourist:

While brushing your teeth, you must close the tap. (Shutterstock)

* Save water

We must do everything possible to conserve this precious resource. While brushing your teeth, you must close the tap. Also, judicious use of the shower while bathing is important. Showering is basically wastage of clean water. At a restaurant, you can ask for water when you need it. Don’t let the waiter fill the entire glass when you’re not even thirsty.

* Carrying your own toothpaste

We generally tell guests to reduce the usage of amenities in the hotel. For instance, many throw the soap in the bin after just one use and do the same with the comb. So, it’s better that the guests bring their own comb or otherwise, it is better that they carry the hotel combs with them as it’s only going to add to the waste. The whole idea is to bring down waste. Paper and plastic should be used very responsibly.

* Reuse hotel towels, linen

At home, we generally give our towel for washing after using it for three-four days. In a hotel, we should try and not get it changed all the time. The same applies for linen on the bed. It’s not just the water consumption but consumes a lot of power too.

Do not pile your plates while eating from the buffet. (Shutterstock)

* Make waste segregation a habit

A responsible traveller would be one who participates in waste segregation, even in the hotel room. Many properties have different bins for dry waste and wet waste. Fruit peels and tea bags go in the wet waste.

* Minimising food wastage

Being aware of food wastage is of utmost importance. It is a global issue with rippling environmental effects. We should not pile our plates while eating from the buffet. A research shows that a lot of guests only eat half of the food laid out.

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