World Champs

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.

Bespoke - - ESCAPE - Writer: Ni­co­las Sham­mas

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...

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