21. July 2017
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Sustainability is becoming increasingly important. We buy groceries in organic markets, switch to an eco-electricity provider or use car-sharing offers. At SCHOTT CERAN®, we also attach great importance to sustainability – both in terms of production and in our glass ceramics products. At the beginning of the vacation season, we asked ourselves: Can you also travel on a long-term Basis?
Travel in harmony with nature & culture
Germany is a travel world champion. We spend far more money on our vacations than for example people living in the US – although, at 300 million inhabitants, there are almost four times as many people living there than here in Germany. We travel so much. And more and more of us also pay attention to sustainability. An investigation by the Forschungsgemeinschaft Urlaubs und Reisen (FUR) and WWF Germany shows that eight percent of visitors book travel arrangements that take environmental standards into account. In the future, 20% of us want to do this.
Environmental and climate protection plays an important role. But that’s not all. Sustainable tourism also means that “economic, social and aesthetic needs can be met while preserving cultural integrity, essential ecological processes and biodiversity.” At least that’s what the environmental database says. A long-distance plane journey is therefore bad for your carbon footprint, but for example in developing countries it can benefit local people, if as much money remains with the local population.
Clean travel seal
There are also a large number of regional, national and international eco-labels in the tourism sector. For example, the EU flower, which signals environmentally-oriented accommodation/campsites in Europe. The Viabono initiative awards environmentally-oriented hotels, restaurants, campsites and tourist communities in Germany. In Austria the Austrian eco-label is also useful: Hotels, campsites, mountain huts and restaurants are labeled as sustainable businesses. The CSR label also highlights responsible travel. This sustainability seal tests how environmentally friendly and socially compatible an organizer is.
Tips for more sustainable travel
Everyone can go on sustainable vacations. A great way to be environmentally conscious is to take your vacations as close as possible to where you live. Around three quarters of all CO2 emissions in tourism are generated by traffic. If you want to see more than the bathing lake around the corner, take a look at these tips:
Travel by train: Travel by train in stages to your destination – so the journey is already part of a relaxed vacation. If you do not want to do without your car, you can take your car on the Train.
Bicycles at the resort: Anyone can hire a car. Getting around by bike and on foot means you can see a different side to things on vacation.
Fly in a climate-neutral way: Organizations such as “atmosfair” compensate for the CO2 emissions of an air travel by supporting climate protection projects with your donation.
Say goodbye to all-inclusive vacations: All-inclusive offers are not profitable for host countries. It’s better to go to local restaurants and markets, so more money remains with locals.
Respect the region: Golfing in the desert? Motocross tours in a natural park? Riding jetskis in mangrove forests? Do better and adapt your activities to the local conditions.
Have you already experienced with sustainable travel? Write us, we’d love to hear about it!