Suggestions for Making Your Travel More Eco-Friendly

Here are some helpful tips for going green on the Paradise Coast.

How to be a responsible green traveler:

If possible, fly nonstop – you can reduce your emissions by up to 50 percent.

Select a hybrid or fuel-efficient car as a rental.

Use public transportation whenever possible.

At your destination, ride a bicycle or walk to reduce your carbon footprint.

Whenever possible, take the stairs, not the elevator or escalator.

Carry a reusable water bottle.

Bring a reusable shopping bag.

How to be a good green guest:

Stay in a green hotel.

Tell the front desk you support environmentally conscious choices and ask for suggestions.

If your stay is short, decline housekeeping and turndown services.

Before heading out for the day, turn out the lights and turn the A/C down or off.

Unplug your hairdryer and other appliances, which drain energy even when they’re not on.

If you’re in a double room by yourself, avoid messing up the bedding on the second bed so housekeeping won’t have to remake it and wash the sheets.

Inquire about the hotel’s recycling protocol, and sort your trash and recyclables accordingly.

Reduce the amount of water used for bathing or showering.

Re-use towels if they’re not dirty.

Bring your own reusable mug, pen and pencil, shampoo and other personal use products.

Thank the managers and employees for embracing green-hotel practices.

Take only the brochures and tourist information you need and return the rest to the display racks.

If the hotel provides complimentary newspapers, pass yours on to someone else, or leave it in the lobby for another reader.

Use the hotel van instead of renting a car.

Check out of the hotel via the hotel’s electronic program available on the TV in some hotels. You can view your bill, approve it and help reduce paperwork.

 Where to recycle on the Paradise Coast:

Naples Recycling Center
2640 W. Enterprise Ave.
(239) 643-3099

Marco Island Recycling Center
990 Chalmers Drive
(239) 252-5153

Carnestown Recycling Center
East US41 & State Road 29
(239) 695-4531

Immokalee Transfer Station
700 Stockade Road
(239) 657-6566

How to responsibly interact with nature on the Paradise Coast:

Remember, when shelling, it’s against the law to take live creatures, so only pick up the starfish, sand dollars and shells that are no longer living.

Regulations require beachside lighting to be turned off to avoid disorienting turtle hatchlings making their way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Follow general common sense guidelines like staying on trails and maintaining set distances away from wildlife.

Don’t drive too close to wildlife while taking pictures.

Never litter under any circumstances.

Boat and fish responsibly:
            • Observe all marked speed zones
            • Plot your course to avoid seagrass beds
            • Watch your wake
            • Retrieve fishing line and dispose of properly
            • Know and abide by state fishing regulations
            • Practice catch and release fishing

Support green companies. It’s good for the environment.

Going green encompasses both small and large acts that contribute to sustainability.

Patronizing eco-friendly Paradise Coast businesses is one small way you can help preserve our precious environment. Here are few ways to identify an eco-responsible business:

It offers a service that supports, teaches, encourages, reinforces, or enables greater environmental sustainability.

Products sold are organic, eco-friendly, sustainable or environmentally friendly.

The business conducts their operations or service in an environmentally responsible manner.

Pass the torch of eco-awareness to the next generation.

Instill green values in your children now and they’re more likely to continue a green lifestyle into adulthood. One of the best ways to be earth-friendly to the future is to educate the next generation about what is means to be environmentally aware and responsible. Several area hotels offer children’s programs that help educate about green issues, as well as many organizations.

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