Maybe Airlines Can Follow In This Resort’s Footsteps To Reduce Their Carbon Footprints

Not long ago, I wrote a post about how different countries were looking at different ways to make their carbon footprint smaller. Most have proposed imposing some sort of tax on the airlines, although a few have suggested other methods such as outlawing domestic flights. However, it wasn’t lost on me that nearly all of the suggestions just raised money and did nothing for the environment. Unless the money raised was going to go towards environmental pursuits? I dunno.

Meanwhile, a resort will be opening in the few years and it has its head in the right place when it comes to protecting the environment.

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Lufthansa Is Upcycling & Turning An Old Plane Into Furniture & Household Goods

There’s lots of talk about the aviation industry and how it plays into the environment. Airlines have used lots of crazy ways to make planes lighter to help save on fuel. They’ve figured out the best place to be in the air to maximize fuel efficiency. Individual countries have even started talking about ways to have airlines to make their carbon footprint smaller.

German airline Lufthansa though, is thinking outside the box, and instead of letting an A340-600 rot in an aviation graveyard, it’s turned it into a bunch of different products for household use.

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Frequent Flyers Should Pay More Taxes To Decrease Planes’ Carbon Footprint???

Airlines are doing everything they can to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. They have commercial planes fly at the “sweet spot” of energy efficiency. They’ve come up with all sorts of crazy ways to decrease weight so they don’t use up as much fuel. In fact, Frontier even put a spin on it to say that checked baggage fees are good for the environment.

In October 2016, governments from over 190 countries pledged to take major steps to improve fuel economy.  Each country (except those that have pulled out or refused to participate. For example, Brazil, India, China and Russia) is looking at ways it can help make its carbon footprint smaller. Here are a few examples, some of which are a little more far-reaching than others.

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Cruise Lines Were Graded On How They Affected The Environment. Overall, It Didn’t Go Well

When you travel by land, there are lots of reminders of how establishments are trying to make their carbon footprint smaller, decrease waste, protect the environment, etc.

There’s also growing awareness of how airplanes are affecting the environment,  discussion of how that can be improved, and actions by some airlines that, although not nearly enough yet, are a start to change the industry so it can be safer to the environment.

However, there’s significantly less talk about the negative ways that cruise ships are affecting the planet and it’s a dialogue that should be had if we want to keep our water and air as clean as possible for as long as possible.

Meanwhile, an environmental advocacy group recently evaluated and graded sixteen cruise lines on several environmental factors, and the results were….not good.

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Yes, I Know About The Turtles. But THIS Is Why We All Need To Have Plastic Straws When We Travel

In 2015, millions of people watched a disturbing 8-minute video (Warning – it’s very painful to watch) of a sea turtle with a straw stuck in his nose, and the two researchers who successfully removed it during their study in Costa Rica. It got a significant amount of media coverage but the topic eventually fizzled out as other shiny things got peoples’ attention.

Fast forward to 2018 and, with the 2015 footage back in the news, the “ban plastic straws” movement began. This time, with the all mighty media push, more people were on board, complete with a plethora of alternate options available for purchase. Reusable or recyclable straws made from paper, bamboo, metal or silicon are showing up everywhere.

Unfortunately, it was one of those metal straws that lead to a tragedy…

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