7 Travel Providers Making Your Trip More Sustainable

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  • Sustainable, eco-friendly travel is nothing new and the trend remains popular with luxury travelers and brands alike. However, several travel providers took their commitments to new heights recently. Here are seven airlines, hotel brands, airports and destinations to applaud for their efforts and then consider for your next trip. © Roman Stetsyk |
  • Alaska Airlines recently swapped out plastic stir straws for white birch stirrers and bamboo citrus picks. The change is part of a collaboration with environmental group Lonely Whale. The airline aims to further reduce landfill-bound, in-flight waste per passenger by 70 percent by 2020. © Elias Chade |
  • Meliá Hotels announced the elimination of all single-use plastics in its hotels worldwide. The change eliminates plastic bottles, cups, bags, straws and coasters and could reduce Meliá’s carbon footprint by more than 15 tons of carbon emissions every year. © Clement Mantion Pierre Olivier |
  • Hilton is also eliminating plastic straws, currently just in Asia Pacific properties, but it’s additionally adding other initiatives to its sustainability plan for all Hilton-branded hotels. New steps include cutting water usage by half, reducing carbon emissions by 61 percent, sending zero soap to landfills and doubling investment in community outreach. © Tupungato |
  • Late last year, Marriott announced new initiatives aimed at both community outreach and sustainability. The latter incorporates goals such as reducing water usage by 15 percent, carbon emissions by 30 percent, waste by 45 percent and food waste by 50 percent. © Lucian Milasan |
  • Last year, Lufthansa Group set fuel efficiency records. In 2017, the group decreased the amount of fuel needed per passenger for a year-over-year improvement of 4.5 percent. The resulting amount of fuel saved was equal to that needed to fly round-trip between New York and Munich on an Airbus A350-900 250 times. © Tupungato |
  • Looking for an actual entire destination that embraces sustainable travel? U.S. cities and states are banning or proposing banning plastic straws with fervor, including New York City, Hawai’i, California, Seattle, Miami, Fort Myers and more. © Melpomenem |
  • Airports are in on the action, too, with two carbon neutral airports making appearances this year — Genève Aéroport and Galápagos Ecological Airport. Currently more than 3 billion air passengers travel through airports certified by the Airport Carbon Accreditation. © Hai Huy Ton That |
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