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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Would You Like The Points Or A Tree?

The major hotel chains love to promote how environmentally friendly they are. Some of the ways they can save energy are by using smart building techniques along with not wasting energy in the rooms. Now, some of these energy savings have led to customer annoying trends like hotel thermostats with motion sensors or ones that are programmed to lie about the temperature settings, power outlets that turn off with the light switch and the removal of individual toiletries in favor of larger, refillable containers. Hotels also remind their guests to try and save on the waste of water by rehanging towels instead of asking for new ones every day.

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Hotels Getting Stingier & Stingier, Airline Menu Change Thanks To Social Media, Sweet Spot For Points, & More!

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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