BE AN ECO WAR­RIOR

Sus­tain­able Travel, I launched Bouteco (bouteco. co) with for­mer ed­i­tor of Green Hote­lier Holly Tup­pen, to make it eas­ier for seek­ers of stylish ho­tels to find the most sus­tain­able ones. On our site we share sto­ries of sus­tain­abil­ity, of­fer in­de­pen­dent tr

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1. MAKE A FUSS

If we all talk louder about the ho­tels that do sup­port lo­cal sup­pli­ers and

con­sider environmental im­pact, it will prompt oth­ers to be more re­spon­si­ble. Be­fore book­ing, email to ask the hotel about wa­ter preser­va­tion. And re­quest menus that prom­ise lo­cal, sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents from

small pro­duc­ers.

2. SAVE WA­TER

Shower in­stead of hav­ing a bath and limit laun­dry, in­clud­ing bed linens and tow­els. Buy a re­fill­able wa­ter-fil­ter­ing bot­tle such as LifeS­traw (lifes­traw.com) and make sure drinks in restau­rants are lo­cal and

not im­ported.

3. AVOID PLAS­TIC

Oceans are teem­ing with rub­bish and mi­cro­scopic

plas­tics from beauty prod­ucts, and many trop­i­cal des­ti­na­tions are land­fill disas­ter zones. Leave all pack­ag­ing out of your lug­gage, avoid plas­tic bot­tles of wa­ter and never use a plas­tic straw again.

4. BE NAT­U­RAL

Chem­i­cals in toi­letries are killing the co­ral reefs. Avoid oxy­ben­zone, the UV-fil­ter­ing chem­i­cal found

in most sun­screens, in favour of nat­u­ral prod­ucts

such as those at neal­syardreme­dies.com. and ja­son­nat­u­ral­care.co.uk.

5. GO GUERILLA

Ini­tia­tives such as pack­fora­pur­pose.org rec­om­mend what to take to do­nate to cer­tain places, in­clud­ing pa­per­backs for South Africa’s Ulus­aba Pri­vate Game Re­serve’s adult-lit­er­acy pro­gramme.

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