A Guide for Being A Sustainable Traveler

For the month of June, our resort is highlighting ways to be more sustainable in your everyday life. Sustainable travel means making small choices to lessen your impact on the environment of your destination. While your choices make a small difference in your life, it could collectively have a huge impact. For travelers visiting to the Gili Islands, we have tips for how to be sustainable even before you pack your bags and leave. This means more plastic, less waste, and being more conscious about your travel plans. 

Before you go…

Book a non-stop flight: It’s takeoffs and landings that create most of an airplane’s carbon emissions.

Pack a reusable bag: This way you won’t need to put your goods in a to-go plastic bag. Using one reusable oversized purse for all of your purchases is both stylish and eco-friendly.

Pack a water bottle: Gili has plenty of water refill stations, and bringing your own water bottle means you save money and save plastic! 

Pack more clothes than you need: This way you won’t have to do laundry every other day. Maybe you’ll pack enough to not have to do laundry at all, but by packing more to avoid doing laundry, you’re already being sustainable by limiting your water usage.

Choose a hostel/hotel/resort that promotes their effort to be green: Does your hostel recycle? Are they straw free? Do they have events like beach cleanups or anything else “eco-friendly” and “green”?

When you’re here…

Don’t use a straw: Especially a plastic straw! Try buying a reusable straw and take it everywhere with you.

Travel by bicycle or chidomo: These ways have less of an environmental impact than taking a taxi or renting motorbike. Luckily, there are no taxis or motorbikes on Gili T, but if you travel to Lombok or Bali you’ll want to consider this tip.

Take shorter showers and don’t take baths: Turn off the shower while you lather, shave, or brush your teeth. Showers use just 10-25 gallons of water, while baths use up to 70 gallons! If you want to be even more sustainable, shower with a friend and save even more water.

Use your towel as much as you can: It might be nice to have a fresh towel every morning, but if it’s lightly used consider using it just a few more times before sending it off to laundry.

Turn off A/C, lights, TV when you’re not using it: It will be there when you get back to your room.

Return your maps when you’re finished with them: Other people can use them too and you don’t have to throw it away!

Don’t touch/step on coral when scuba diving: It can damage the reef’s ecosystem.

Give back: Consider donating to an organization where you travel whose mission it is to be green. Gili Eco Trust is Gili’s greenest organization and needs donations!

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