Clean Living Series #3: Minimal Impact Mobility

The third clean living series is about sustainable options that are available for travel. Exploring new lands is such an exciting experience and we are here to give you some tips on how to be sustainable on the go.

Human Powered Travel

The most sustainable way to travel is using a vehicle that does not require fossil fuels to run. Human-powered devices such as walking, running, biking, skateboarding, and rollerblading are great choices. But we understand that these devices are only available for shorter distances and weather permitting. 

Personal Vehicle

If you are choosing a  personal vehicle to lease or own remember that some are better for the environment than others. The most popular eco-friendly personal vehicles are electric cars. Electric cars emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants than a gas powered car. If you already own a gas powered car and aren’t looking to switch to electric, there are still things you can do when driving to help reduce your carbon footprint. 

A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. This is based on the average vehicle on the road today that has a fuel economy of about 22.0 miles per gallon and drives around 11,500 miles per year. Every gallon of gasoline burned creates about 8,887 grams of CO2. ,You can do the math based on your gasoline consumption using your vehicle’s MPG and your driving distance.

Combining your driving errands into one trip instead of multiple trips to the store and back to your home can help reduce the overall time you spend traveling in the vehicle and therefore reduce your carbon emissions.

Carpool

Our next suggestion is to use public transportation such as busses, metros, and trains. Public transportation is great because it allows a larger number of people to travel at once. Although these modes of transportation still emit harmful emissions, they are more fuel efficient since they allow a larger number of people to transport using a similar amount of fuel compared to personal vehicles. We understand that public transportation can be intimidating and add travel time sometimes, so another tip is to carpool. You can carpool through rideshare applications like Uber and Lyft, or simply carpool with your friends when you are going somewhere together.

Flying

Flying on a plane produces the most carbon emissions in the atmosphere out of all types of transportation. Roughly 25% of emissions come from the take off and landing procedures. Try to buy non-stop flights to reduce the emissions from the departure and arrival process. There is not much we can do to make flying more efficient today other than avoid it, but join our community and we can help offset your travel. Greener air travel technology is on the horizon, and we can accelerate the viability of it as airline customers by signaling how important minimizing emissions is to us with offset purchases and choosing airlines that have additional environmental programs in place.

Traveling is important and we don’t want you to stop! But we hope you can use one of our tips to travel more sustainably. If you tried any of these ideas or have tips of your own, please share with us @Act_Neutral

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