Before you start considering nappy washing services, cardboard coffins and aspidistras instead of air-conditioning, perhaps you should consider your travel habits. 1Hotels and Air France are paving the way for a new kind of eco-tourism.
Switching to LED lights in our homes, recycling cans, plastics and bottles and bringing our own reusable bags to the supermarket are some of the things most of us can now check on our list of ways in which we reduce our impact on the environment. But what else should we be considering? Using a line to dry our clothes? Easy enough. Shortening our showers? Alright. Switching to an electric vehicle? Ok. Composting our kitchen scraps? Hmmm. How about becoming a vegan (which study after study shows has the lowest environmental impact)? That might be a step too far for many of us. Nevertheless, there are a couple of other ways to reduce our
the hotel group you’re loyal to whenever you travel abroad and the second is the airline you use to get there. It’s a fact that the international aviation industry is now responsible for an almost three per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. Sadly,
increase in the volume of global travellers is only exacerbating the problem. But there is thankfully one airline doing more than most and that’s Air France. The French national carrier has actually been testing biofuels since 2011 and they have found that by using a 50/50 combination of traditional kerosene and jet fuel produced from used cooking oil, they’re able to reduce the level of harmful CO2 emissions by roughly 50 per cent. In a great twist of fate, I needed to travel to New York in May, but
and New York generates about 40 per cent of the greenhouse gases
to make a responsible choice and go with Air France. Of course, offsetting at least some of the planet-warming gases that my trip was going to generate made me feel better about myself but the fact
friendly hotels in the world in Manhattan gave me some icing on top. You probably haven’t heard of 1Hotels Group yet, but it’s a
Top: Air France's environmental push, which has seen the airline test biofuels on commercial flights since 2011, has not come at the detriment to its luxurious 'Made in France' experience. Above: A beautiful ivy covers 1Hotel Central Park's façade in...