The interest and concern for sustainability is at an all-time high. People everywhere are thinking “what can I do to make a difference?” There is an abundance of ways we can all do our bit in our everyday life but what about the times when we get to escape the everyday? What can we do when on holidays to keep the momentum going and help the environments we visit?
Wikipedia tells us that “Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting somewhere as a tourist and trying to make a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy.”
Here are 9 tips for being a sustainable traveller to the Tweed Coast:
Contribute to the Local Economy
Shop local! Whether it be for food or fun, the beautiful towns on the Tweed Coast are sure to meet your needs. Each town is different with a variety of stores for the avid shopper.
We have a wealth of farm stores and fresh food markets stocked to the brim with local produce, many of which are organic.
You can view the local markets dates here.
Join in Local Events
Immerse yourself in the local community and enjoy all it has to offer year-round. You can check out what’s happening on the Tweed Coast in 2021 here.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Choose activities that won’t hurt the environment. Get into nature and appreciate how lucky we are to be surrounded by such beauty. Learn about the environment you’re in and the ecosystems that support us. Our on-site Marine Discovery Centre is home to state-of-the-art light and sound, interactive digital terminals and world-class marine and coastal science displays while educating us about the diverse and rich ecology of Hastings Point. During the school holidays, you can join the team on a fascinating exploration of the unique rocky shore only minutes from our doorstep.
Make a Positive Impact
You don’t have to be a hard-core advocate to be a sustainable traveller. We all have an impact on our environment but if we aim to make it a positive one, we can make a difference.
- Leave nothing behind
- Be conscious of the people around you
- Conserve resources where possible
- Use alternative energy sources when camping
- Preserve the nature around you
- Adhere to local regulations
Sort and Recycle and Reduce your Rubbish
Make sure that you sort and recycle where possible. Better still reduce waste by avoiding disposable rubbish such as paper plates and plastic cutlery. Wherever possible, bring items and food that has less packaging. Instead of individual plastic water bottles fill up your reusable bottles and containers. Ditch the plastic wrap for reusable wraps or containers. There are so many amazing and helpful items to keep your kitchen sustainable at home and even on holidays.
Don’t Forget your Keep Cup
We all know a holiday isn’t a holiday without coffee, but did you know? It is estimated Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year. That’s approximately 2,700,000 paper coffee cups thrown out every day! Bring your keep cup from home or why not buy one as a souvenir. Our reusable coffee cup isn’t just good for the environment but when you purchase a Ripples Keep Cup you get a FREE COFFEE!
Reduce Food Waste
Especially when camping, ensure your food remains fresh to avoid any wastage. Making a meal plan and shopping to the plan helps reduce waste and makes cooking easier when you’d rather be lazing by the pool. Better still pre-cook, portion and freeze meals to bring along for convenience and ease all while potentially reducing your waste.
Nothing beats a good road trip with friends or family. Reduce your CO2 emissions by travelling in the one car wherever possible.
Our list of Top Ten Road Trip Games will keep the kids and the big kids happy. Happy kids = happy parents!
Use Natural Products
From your dish liquid and cleaning products to skincare, soap and insect repellent, there are natural products available everywhere. Every little bit makes a difference to help reduce pollution to our waterways and air.