Global transportation and mobility have become increasingly more accessible and affordable. The result? A spike in tourism around the world! The holiday season is the busiest time of year for retailers and airlines alike. Whether you’re traveling to visit family, traveling with friends, or traveling home-Americans are estimated to spend over 700 BILLION DOLLARS this holiday on gifts, travel, and goodies for the holiday season.
700 Billion USD?!? That’s an incredible amount of money. I find it slightly embaressing that we can’t stop climate change… that we’re causing… when we have that type of cash at our disposal. AMERICA! That hurts my soul! Have we become so materialistic and wasteful as a country that we care more about filling our lives with meaningless “things”, then we do the generations that come after us?
In most places around the world, it is recognized that we aren’t moving fast enough to address the issues of climate change. I say WE because this IS everyone’s issue… regardless of who you voted for, no matter what continent you call home- this affects us all. You may not be seeing the affects today, but you will soon- because this is a GLOBAL crisis- which means the whole planet people! I feel like when we read the word “crisis” we should probably be a little concerned. Mother nature gives zero f***s about human borders, race, or gender.
As a traveler myself, I have seen the affects climate change is having on our planet and those who suffer as a result first hand. Rivers are drying up, communities with them. Cities are sinking, others are flooding. Weather records being broken daily across the globe. These are things people aren’t putting together- they’re all connected. The reality of the situation hits me each time I leave the comfortable bubble of my Midwest suburban apartment. And I ask myself, what can I do? How can I make a difference? Somebody has to do something! Because what we’re doing now… it’s not enough.
It’s on each and every one of us to take responsibility for our actions and the affects our actions today have on the future. Pollution, climate change, overcrowded cities- we can’t keep doing what we’ve always done and expect different results. This is not the same world is was 10 years ago, or even 2 years ago. The first step towards change- is speaking up. Talk about the issue- and how we can fix it, instead of ignoring it and letting it get worse. Take an active role by being a responsible consumer- buy “Eco-Friendly”. We have SO MUCH POWER as consumers… we decide what goods get produced based on our demand for that good. Don’t buy or “demand” products that are killing our planet! “Eco Friendly” means they are either made with sustainable or recycled materials, prevent waste, and do not harm the environment. By supporting companies and products that are working towards an eco-friendly future- you’re making a difference.
To save you the research (you’re welcome), I’ve put together this list of 13 Unique Eco-Friendly Gifts for travelers, which I hope helps to improve the climate change crisis in some small way. Happy Holiday’s Friends!
My favorite part about these are the stylish eco-friendly design. The bottles are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic to reduce waste. Help travelers contribute to sustainability by eliminating one use toiletries. PS: recycling a stack of newspapers just 3 feet high saves one tree, how cool is that?
This eco friendly 10 piece selection of items is presented in a natural colored holiday box- so you don’t even have to wrap it! This would make a thoughtful gift for someone who is trying to live a lifestyle with less plastics.