8 of the world’s greenest holiday destinations
Sustainability may not be top of your list when it comes to choosing a holiday, but paying more attention to the environment will pay dividends for future generations.
We’ve rounded up 8 of the greenest holiday destinations to help you make the most of your eco trip.
Did you know there are more bikes than people in Amsterdam? And it’s no wonder, as the city is seriously geared up for cyclists and pedestrians. If you can’t quite manage the entire city on foot or pedal, there are fantastic public transport links to reduce the harmful impact car emissions have on the city.
But Amsterdam’s green credentials don’t end there. Every week, there’s a movement called Wasteless Wednesdays which sees the Taste Before You Waste group gather unused food from supermarkets and cook it up into a three-course feast which anyone can go and enjoy.
Going green never tasted better!
Slightly further afield, Kenya is a haven for green travellers. Home to 11% of the world’s avian species, its incredible national parks and nature reserves invite you to support local communities and conservation projects by seeing some of the world’s most beautiful creatures.
Stay in an eco-lodge and you’ll be doing your bit for the planet, as they use sustainable energy, renewable materials and employ a host of water conservation methods.
Whether you visit Slovenia’s spectacular mountains and waterfalls or opt for its clean cities, you’ll be in for a treat when you visit this amazing country.
Its capital city, Ljubljana, actually won European Green Capital in 2016, so holidays don’t get much greener. Stay hydrated by sipping on water from many of the free drinking fountains to be found all over the city – boasting some of the cleanest tap water in Europe, your body will thank you for it.
Public transport is a must when you venture to this switched on city - with an urban electric train and buses running on natural gas, there’s no danger of a smoggy ride here.
Stockholm was the first city to win the European Green Capital award, back in 2010. In fact, the city has high hopes to be totally renewable by 2050 and has cut CO2 emissions per inhabitant by 25% since 1990.
Impressive, right? And it doesn’t end there.
Stockholm actually has a building heated purely by body heat. Kungsbrohuset, the city’s central transport hub, uses a geothermal system which runs off heat from more than 200,000 daily commuters, which then heats water that heats the building.
If that isn’t enough, it’s also a beautiful city with so much to see and do – you won’t be disappointed!
The Greenest City action plan has a target to make Vancouver the world’s most sustainable city by 2020.
And with just two years to go, it’s shaping up nicely!
Boasting bike routes, pedestrian zones, wind farms and greenspaces, Vancouver is even encouraging its residents to explore beekeeping. Why? Bees have a crucial role to play in sustainability as improving the pollination process means better quality produce and better CO2 recycling by the plants involved. Win win!
San Francisco, America
Long thought of as California’s green city, San Fran has a hip and healthy attitude towards sustainability and this is evident in its local food scene. Vegans, take note – there’s a multitude of plant-based hotspots and you’ll find some amazing veganised versions of classic sushi and Mexican dishes.
Wherever you dine, you’ll find a focus on seasonality so it’s a green dining experience for vegans and omnivores alike. What’s more, the city was the first in the world to ban plastic bags, back in 2007, and aims to go completely waste-free by 2020.
Reykjavik is a beautiful part of the world and it’s famous for its environmental credentials.
An incredible 90% of Iceland’s homes are heated geothermally and the city aims to be totally renewable by 2050. There’s even a geothermal bakery, where you can try freshly baked bread produced underground using the natural heat of the island.
Singapore has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last 50 years. It’s gone from smog central to a clean sanctuary.
How? The government’s innovative idea of introducing sky gardens to this most built-up of cities. Now, Singapore’s Marina Bay has a 100% green replacement policy which demands that all developers have to replace greenery destroyed during the building process.
What’s more, Singapore is in the process of creating shared work spaces, within or close to residential neighbourhoods, to cut down commutes and therefore residents’ carbon footprints. Not only will this reduce the impact on the environment, but promote a better quality of life all round.
Where to park ahead of your green adventure
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