Whilst we are big wanderlust fans at Dilli Grey, we are also mindful of the impact travel can have on the environment - from emissions to waste, labour and cultural impact. Here are some sustainable travel ideas that can help you reduce your carbon footprint and make your travels more sustainable this summer:
Can you rail it? When dreaming of your next holiday destination, do you consider how you will get there? Much of Europe (and here in the UK!) can be reached by interconnecting rail. Make the journey part of your holiday adventure and look at non-fly destinations for your next trip. Seat 61 is a great resource for planning interconnecting rail trips in Europe
Holiday wardrobe: it is tempting to buy a whole new wardrobe for a 2-week trip, but think about shopping your own wardrobe for pieces that you can wear both on holiday and when you get back, before shopping new. Our resortwear collection
is designed to last season after season, for a sustainable summer wardrobe to treasure as long as your holiday memories.
Pack reusable items: Bring reusable items like a water bottle (we love this brand), refillable beauty containers so you don't buy single-use plastic minis, and cotton shoppers for all those market mooches. This will help reduce the amount of waste you generate during your stay.
Choose eco-friendly accommodations: Look for hotels, resorts, or self-catering options that are committed to reducing their carbon footprint and supporting local communities. Staying at acommodation built using natural materials, with wildlife friendly planting, grey-water harvesting, locally sourced food and green energy investment are all great ways you can support destinations making a positive impact.
Eat local: Make the most of local food that has been produced and prepared with minimal food miles, not only will it give you a taste of the local cuisine, but will support local businesses and reduce the carbon footprint of food transportation.
Support local communities: Purchase souvenirs made fairly by local artisans. This helps support the local economy and also gives you an opportunity to learn more about the culture of the place you are visiting.
Use public transportation or walk/bike when you arrive: Instead of renting a car, opt for public transportation or walk/bike to explore your destination. This will help reduce your carbon emissions and also give you an opportunity to experience the local culture up close.