Here are seven things you can do to support our local places and ease your impact on the planet
1. Tick the box to carbon offset your flight
The cost is usually small but has a big impact. Qantas’ carbon offsetting program, Qantas Future Planet, invests in projects to protect the Tasmanian wilderness and power renewable energy projects around the world.
2. Take a holiday in your own city
Head to your nearest city for the weekend and feel the excitement of being a tourist in your own backyard. Research local spots online (you might find something completely new!) and plan an itinerary.
3. Rest your head in eco-friendly accommodation (like Stoneleigh’s In2thewild experience!)
There are ecotourism certified hotels around Australia but many hotels and private stays aren’t officially recognised for their green efforts. It can take a bit of effort to find accommodation that aligns with your values so here are some things to look for:
Waste management like recycling and composting facilities on site. They don’t use single-use plastics. Check to see if they use renewable energy or are carbon neutral. Ask where the food is sourced, are they buying local or growing their own. Check the products they use, cleaning and bathroom, are they refillable and safe for the surrounding environment. And finally, do they support local environmental or conservation projects?