Today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
Here are 10 ways to care for our environment even when you’re on vacation:
1. Turn off the A/C when you leave your room.
2. Say “no thanks” to plastic bags. Use a cloth bag as a carryon and, then, as a shopping bag once you’re here. (The turtles will thank you; they mistake floating bags for food.)
3. Say “no thanks” to single-serving plastic bottles. Pack a water bottle and reuse it throughout your vacation.
4. Sort your recycles from the rest of your trash. If your lodging location of choice does not recycle, find the county recycling drop-off center and do it yourself.
5. Say “no thanks” to daily towel and linen service.
6. Use public transportation where possible or carpool. Think bicycles, even.
7. Opt for tours and activities that are human-powered--hiking, biking, snorkeling, surfing and kayaking--or animal-powered--horseback riding.
8. Rent beach gear—snorkel, chairs, rafts, boogie boards—instead of buying inexpensive versions and leaving them behind. The rentable kind is usually better quality anyway.
9. Leave no trace. Do not leave rubbish at the beach—or anywhere. Pick up after yourself. In fact, pick up after someone else. You’ll feel better for it.
10. Shop for locally-grown produce at the numerous farmers’ markets around Hawaii.
Bonus. Volunteer to clean up a beach, remove invasive species or assist an organization in some other way to preserve our land and sea. Suggestions here.