8 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR TRAVEL FOOTPRINT

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Caravanning is all about enjoying Australia’s pristine natural environment, and by following these simple steps you can do your bit to help protect it.

When it comes to treading gently when we travel, less truly is more. The big four – using less fuel, less power, less water and generating less waste and rubbish – are easier to achieve than you might think and can hugely affect your impact on local environments, wildlife and even climate change. Want to change your daily habits? Try putting these ideas into action today.

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8. SHOP SMARTER

Refusing plastic shopping bags at the checkout is the first step; choosing plastic-free food is the next. Anything packaged in recyclable bottles, tins, cardboard cartons and boxes is a much cleaner, earth-friendly choice than plastic, which is difficult to recycle and rarely biodegradable. It’s easy and affordable to switch to recycled, unbleached paper products, too: toilet paper, paper towel, notepads, cards and envelopes.

To take it further, switch to rechargeable batteries and solar-powered torches and lanterns. Choose a refillable gas bottle to fuel your cooker (instead of disposable butane cartridges) and buy natural, biodegradable soap, shampoo and kitchen and laundry detergents. Download books on a kindle or purchase them second-hand in charity stores, and pass them on when you’re done.

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