Sustainable Spring Break Tips as seen on Fox13

EcoSpringBreakSpring break is here! As you plan your vacation activities, remember to think of your impact on the environmental, local businesses, and the community.

Watch Sustany®’s sustainable spring break tips as presented on Fox13’s Earth Watch on March 9, 2014 and read more below.

1. Transportation

Consider renting a hybrid vehicle for your road trip. When traveling around town, take your own bike or look for bike rental or bike share programs whenever possible. If you must take your personal vehicle, carpool when you can.

In Tampa, visit or City Bike Tampa for rentals.

 2. Accommodations

ghm_sealBefore leaving on a trip, be sure to close your blinds, unplug appliances, and turn off your air  to save on energy. When looking for accommodations, search for lodging with eco-friendly options. The “Green Hotels Association” has a selection  of eco-friendly spots. Follow the hotel’s instructions to designate that you are willing to re-use your towels and sheets to save water and energy. Camping is also  a great low-impact way to enjoy a vacation.


 3. Going to the beach9113845-beach-bag-items

Its no surprise heading to the beach is the number one activity for spring breakers. Think sustainably before heading out this vacation. Pack lunches in reusable containers to avoid waste on the beach. Also, think about switching to organic sunscreen, it is better for your skin and the planet. Don’t forget your shade umbrella to minimize UV exposure.

 4. Plan a stay-cation

Avoid high carbon emissions from air travel by staying local and exploring your own city this spring break! Check out your local calendar section of the newspaper for local events. Visit nearby parks, gardens, and museums. Plant a spring vegetable or herb garden in your own backyard! Visit antique shops for unique UpCycling ideas. Or even spend some time volunteering at a local non-profit.

 5. Other Activities

Visiting your local farmers market at the beginning of the week is a great way to stock up on locally grown, fresh food for the week, your family (and farmers) will thank you. If traveling, try to support local producers, artisans, crafters, artists, etc. Also, try to plan low-impact activities such as: biking, hiking, canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming, etc. that are less harmful on the environment.

Be kind to the Earth in the places that you visit, try to give something back and you will most likely gain a better appreciation for wherever you are.

In Tampa visit Ybor City Saturday Market on Saturdays and Tampa Downtown Market at Curtis Hixon Park on Sundays.