How to offset your carbon footprint when you travel?

If you follow the news at all, you must have already heard the terms carbon footprint or carbon footprint several times. Globally, the carbon footprint consists in calculating the CO2 emissions caused by an individual in his everyday life. In short, each of our actions has an impact on the environment.

As you know, travelling is a polluting activity. Transportation is responsible for about 30% of CO2 emissions in the world. With the car, the plane is the most polluting means of transportation. So how to compensate the carbon footprint of your travels? Let’s see some tips to reduce our impact on the environment!

How to measure your carbon footprint?

To start with, if you want to estimate the impact of your lifestyle and your travels on the environment, I advise you to use this tool to calculate your carbon footprint: click here. You might be surprised!

Carbon footprint: how to improve it while traveling?
We are not going to make demagogy: if we don’t want to pollute at all, we stay at home. I am not going to get into debates about global warming or to lecture you. The purpose of this article is to give tips to people who want to offset, as much as possible, the environmental impact of their travels. 🌎

Trying out “Slow Travel

Slow Travel, the greener way of traveling that we often hear about, is a solution to improve your carbon footprint. However, it is not suitable for everyone. As its name suggests, slow travel (or slow tourism) consists in traveling more slowly. 

In concrete terms, slow travelers take the time to immerse themselves in the culture of the country, use little or no polluting public transport, consume locally and reduce activities. This mode of travel requires more time compared to a classic tourist tour. Therefore, it is not necessarily adapted to salaried people or to those who cannot afford to travel for a long period of time.

Adapt your mode of transportation for short trips

As far as possible, avoid taking the plane (or the car if you are alone) when traveling short distances. Instead, use public transportation such as trains, buses, or carpooling.

Adopt ecological gestures on a daily basis

Changing some of your habits to reduce your carbon footprint is one of the easiest things you can do! Here is a list of basic actions to take on a daily basis:

Reduce your water and electricity consumption.

Sort and reduce your waste by buying food in bulk, for example.
Do not drink mineral water in plastic bottles. Many alternatives exist to drink tap water without danger, including sparkling water!
Consume locally and give preference to seasonal fruits/vegetables.
Do not leave your waste in nature, including cigarette butts. This is the basic rule of thumb, but for some people it is necessary to remember it.
Put a “STOP PUB” sticker on your mailbox.
Replace liquid shower gels and shampoos by solid products…
You will find 100 eco-friendly gestures to apply on a daily basis on this blog.

Have a forest named after you

How’s that for classy? We have a forest named after Lovers of the World, consisting of 50 trees that are located in Kenya, Haiti, and Cameroon! So on Treedom, you can also create your own forest. There is also a tool to calculate how much CO2 your trees have captured. It’s great!

Plant trees to offset your carbon footprint!

In order to compensate for the ecological footprint of your travels, Treedom suggests you plant trees! How does it work? It’s really simple.

First, you choose the tree you want to adopt. A farmer will then plant it on his land and take care of it. Your tree will be photographed and geolocated so that you can follow its evolution! In addition to being ecological, I find this concept adorable… 

Not only are you helping to make the planet greener as your tree will absorb CO2 and protect biodiversity, but you will also be making life better for farmers who can use your tree for food or as a source of income.