Being environmentally conscious is something we all try to do at home, but why should it stop on holiday? Sure, we still recycle and may do a little more walking and less driving, but most of the time being eco-friendly is not at the front of our minds when going on holiday. You may be surprised at how easy it is to continue to be environmentally conscious when you’re away and today we’re giving a couple of hints and tips of things you can do to help this planet of ours whilst you’re away from home.
Eat Local Food
Eating local does not only make your holiday food taste so much better, it is also friendlier for the environment. Did you know that on average food travels 1,500 miles to get from farm to plate? That’s a lot of mileage! But by eating locally produced fare you can reduce your food’s carbon footprint, help local farmers and support sustainable growing.
Travel by Bike… or Foot
When you’re in a new location, sometimes there is no better way to explore than by foot or by bike. This way you can get off the beaten track, move away from the motorway and explore the true beauty of an area! Not only will it do our planet some good, the fresh air and exercise will do you some good, too!
Plus, then you can make a stop off at the local watering hole for a pint or two of local ale.
Visit a Nature Reserve
We’re going a little cuckoo over our native wildlife at the moment, and for good reason; the UK is full of fantastic wildlife and we think it is something that we should all enjoy whilst helping to preserve. The Wildlife Trust has sites across the UK and hosts a variety of events, so wherever you’re holidaying, you won’t be too far from being able to learn more about how to help British wildlife!
Fun Eco-Friendly Days Out
You may not even realise, but the UK is home to a huge number of eco-friendly days out that the whole family can enjoy. Here are our top three:
The Eden Project
There is a whole lot of environmentally friendly fun beneath those biomes in Cornwall. Not only is The Eden Project a brilliant day out but they run a number of social and environmental projects, host music festivals and other live events and continually conduct research into plans and the environment. All whilst running their operations as green as they possibly can. Plus, dogs are welcome at Eden, too!
Not only does this Norfolk based theme park have more activities than you can shake a stick at, they also take their environmental impact very seriously. The food that you eat at BeWILDerwood will be locally sourced where possible, 70% of their waste is recycled and they work hard in protecting the local area as well as their own; they have planted more than 14,000 trees and helped to upgrade local footpaths, making it easier for visitors to travel by bike or foot to the park. Brilliant!
Finlay’s Cream o’ Galloway Farm
Whether you visit Cream o’ Galloway for the flying fox, to try boinging or for a scoop of delicious ice cream, you can enjoy your day knowing that you are in an environmentally conscious environment. The team at Finlay’s Farm have begun a farming revolution that has been simplified and has a focus on waste reduction. In fact, at Finlay’s they have an anaerobic digester – no, I’m not too sure what that is either – but it takes waste from the farm and turns it into electricity, which is pretty nifty if you ask me!
Stay in an Eco Friendly Holiday Cottage
Our love of all things environmental extends throughout the Sykes Cottages family and as such we have a number of eco-friendly properties so that you can enjoy your holiday whilst doing your bit for the environment.
A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.