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How to have an eco-friendly holiday

How do you go green on holiday?

Holidays are fun, but they can have a high impact on the environment.  Check out these green travelling tips, helping you to have a fun and eco-friendly trip.

Before you go

Turn off and unplug all your unnecessary appliances, like the television, computer or any games consoles.  Set the thermostat and water heater at a lower setting to avoid pointless wastage.

Getting there

Think about how you want to travel to your destination.  Some modes of transport are more eco-friendly than others, for example trains produce a smaller amount of carbon emissions than a plane would.  You could also think about how you’re going to get about when you’ve arrived at your destination – do you need to hire a car, or is your destination on an accessible bus or cycle route?

Your accommodation

Many hotels and cottage accommodation carry environmentally friendly certifications and memberships.  Here at Towan Valley we have a Green Tourism Silver award, and we make a constant effort to recognise the environment. Our self-catering cottages are built from renewable sources with a low carbon footprint, and we have a recycling programme which we encourage our guests to take part in.  Other things to look out for in your accommodation include low voltage lighting, high levels of thermal insulation, composting and rain water collection.

Go local

When you’re on holiday we recommend that you live the way the locals do. This could mean buying locally sourced products instead of going to a supermarket, or exploring the local area and support local businesses. Some places will even have local food box programmes that deliver fresh food straight to your door.

Got any more green tips? Share them with us in the comment section below!

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