While tourism is increasingly criticized for its environmental impact, many travelers are rethinking their journeys. CO2 emissions, waste production, and the ecological impact of accommodation contribute to climate change. Knowing this, can we continue to explore the world without remorse? The answer is yes: responsible tourism is gaining popularity worldwide among both travelers and businesses. Discover simple actions to reduce your carbon footprint and travel guilt-free.
Traveling Closer to Home
With the aviation sector responsible for 2.5 to 3% of global CO2 emissions, transportation is the key change for greener travel. You don't have to give up flying entirely, but reducing distances can make a significant difference. Explore the diverse landscapes and cities closer to home—Quebec alone offers enriching tourist destinations. If traveling farther, consider the length of the journey; for example, a Montreal-Paris flight produces nearly six times more CO2 than a flight to New York according to the myclimate calculator. Some airlines use carbon credits for decarbonization; check their initiatives before booking.
Choosing a Responsible Hotel
Once your destination is chosen, the next decision involves accommodation. While camping remains the greenest choice, many hotels, such as the Ruby Foo’s in Montreal, are committed to sustainability. Before choosing, research the environmental practices and social initiatives of potential accommodations. From using sustainable materials and local products to having water bottle stations and partnering with local organizations, various actions make travel more sustainable. Remember, hotels have responsibilities, but adopting respectful habits, like monitoring water consumption and respecting the visitor's promise are crucial.
Packing Zero-Waste Essentials
After choosing a destination and booking a hotel, it's time to pack! Don't forget your reusable water bottle and shopping bag to say no to plastic and paper bags. Opt for reusable containers for various products rather than travel-sizes available in shops, such as:
- Bamboo toothbrushes
- Reusable packaging
- Washable makeup remover pads
Whether at home or on the road, incorporate accessories like these for a more sustainable lifestyle.
Avoiding the Car
Once at your destination, it's often possible to avoid car travel. Most major cities have efficient public transportation networks. Choosing a hotel near public transit is a wise move. For even more eco-friendliness, walking and cycling are the best transportation options, offering both exploration and physical activity. Renting a bike on-site or using apps like Bixi can enhance your experience.
Carpooling apps are another alternative, and if you rent a car, consider electric options. Our hotel has electric vehicle charging stations available for our guests.
Consuming local products is an eco-friendly practice to limit CO2 emissions from imports. When abroad, learn about local products and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Opt for purchases at local markets over supermarkets and choose restaurants showcasing fresh products. This not only benefits the environment but also allows you to explore local culture. It's a win-win for the planet and for your taste buds! Local products extend beyond fruits and vegetables:
- Meats and poultry
- Wines, craft beers
- Cosmetics and textiles
- And muche more!
Embrace the variety of local products, contributing to both an eco-friendly journey and the local economy.
Respecting the Surrounding Nature
Outdoor enthusiasts are generally aware of rules to follow, such as staying on designated trails to avoid ecosystem degradation. Beyond local rules, avoid all forms of pollution. Don't leave waste behind—basic common sense. Recycling is even better. Avoid harmful chemicals, whether in cosmetics, detergents, or sunscreen. Opt for eco-friendly products to minimize environmental damage. Lastly, your choice of activities, even in winter tourism, matters. Choose snowshoeing or walking in parks over more polluting activities like snowmobiling.
Sustainable tourism requires conscious efforts, but it's not rocket science. If you're seeking a responsible destination for your stay in Montreal, consider the Ruby Foo’s, offering elegant, comfortable, and eco-friendly accommodation. Book your room now and enjoy the benefits of a healthy environment. We look forward to welcoming you!