The ecological footprint of Tourism: how to reduce it?

Traveling is a pleasure we should all experience. It helps us to disconnect from work, discover new places and cultures and helps us to free our body and mind from all the accumulated stress.

Every year tourism increases massively around the world (25 million travelers in 1950 compared to 1,200 million in 2015), therefore, the UNWTO (World Tourism Organization), opts for travelers to practice more sustainable tourism.



To talk about the tourist footprint we must first talk about the carbon footprint, but, what is it really?. It is an indicator that calculates the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by a person, product or organization.


Therefore, in Brushboowe give you some tips to reduce this carbon footprint while still enjoying a good trip.

Avoid massification


Gathering so many people in a particular territory can have great negative effects on the environment. A good solution is to explore new places away from the big cities, where you can breathe fresh air and make the most of the native properties.



Use a sustainable travel kit


When making an excursion or trip in which you will spend several days away from home, a convenient solution to help the environment is to use a more sustainable personal cleaning kit.


If you're already a # Brushbooer you know what we're talking about. If not, don't worry. We'll tell you below.




The toothbrush, the sticks or he dental floss they are some of the products that we use daily for the care of our hygiene and, even if we go out and go on a trip, they are still a necessary complement. Therefore, from Brushboo, we encourage you to try to replace your plastic travel kit with a bamboo one, it is more sustainable, biodegradable and recyclable. He won't let you down!

Cleaner mobility


Aircraft are the most widely used Transport for both long and medium distance travel. It's fast, safe and simple. The problem is the amount of CO2 that emits into the atmosphere (3% of the European Union as a whole) and the high price it has.


There are much more eco alternatives if you want to spend a dream holiday.



A good practice to travel within your country is to share the vehicle with people who are about to go to the same destination as you. Costs are reduced and the reduction of harmful emissions is kept to a minimum. Applications like Blablacar or Amovens they give the opportunity to contact the driver directly for a fixed price. The more people use that vehicle at the same time, the cheaper the final price-as it is shared among all-will be.

If, on the other hand, the destination you want to go to is outside your country of residence, a good option is to travel by train-especially by train-hotel -, which are cheaper than a plane, are more ecofriendly and they generate a much more enriching travel experience.



Always remember the 3 Erres


Many times, as soon as we leave home, we forget that we must maintain the same ecological mentality wherever we are.


The first step is to reduction of plastics within our closest surroundings, followed by a reuse of other everyday materials - such as filling glass bottles with water, soft drinks...- and finally, recycle all materials that may be harmful to the environment.


Since we are not in a familiar environment, we usually use more containers to use and throw away for the convenience it brings, but are there other more environmentally friendly alternatives?

It is becoming more frequent to see travelers with their bamboo cutlery set, reusable dishes and a bottle. They know that with these actions they are helping the environment as well as being tremendously practical, comfortable and environmentally friendly.



No excuses! New parts of the world can always be explored while being sustainable and reducing our tourist footprint.


Bon voyage!


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