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Eco-friendly caravanning

Eco-friendly caravanning

While many of us have taken action to reduce the environmental impact of our daily lives, it can be daunting to make eco-friendly changes while on holiday – but it doesn’t have to be. Making good choices before you leave home, while you’re on the road, and every time you stop can lead to a less environmentally, fiscally and mentally taxing holiday.

The following tips can help you maintain that environmentally friendly momentum to do your bit for the planet, while saving on petrol and energy costs – it’s a win-win!

Before you leave home

There are plenty of choices that you can make before travelling that can reduce the environmental impact of your holiday, like turning off and unplugging appliances at home, which can significantly reduce your carbon footprint, as well as your power bill. When planning one-off holiday experiences that require special gear, try to borrow equipment from friends, or hire it close to home if you know that you won’t be able to at your final destination. It’ll save you money, petrol and space in the garage when you get home, and if you discover a new passion for kayaking, you’ll be better informed about which model to buy when the time comes.

Clean, green caravans

If you’re buying or replacing your caravan, try to find one made of durable, recyclable and sustainable materials, with a fuel-efficient engine and, ideally, an aluminium frame rather than one made of wood. Consider the weight of your vehicle, too. When your engine hauls a lighter load, you use less petrol – you’ll be amazed by how much difference this makes.

If you’ve already got your dream caravan, consider what changes you can make to improve it – this might include bigger projects like insulation, glazing or tinting windows, and installing solar panels. It could also include small but impactful choices, such as swapping to energy-efficient appliances, lighting, window covers, and curtains and blinds.

Waste and recycling

It can be difficult to plan the disposal of waste along your journey, and carrying waste for too long (especially in the warmer months) can have unpleasant side effects for both your fuel tank and your sense of smell. Folding kitchen compost bins are a great option. Composting toilets may be a larger investment, but the space and water you save make them well worth it.

Some states and territories have initiatives for can and bottle recycling, where you received money for each item you drop off – so transporting your recycling to the nearest disposal location will benefit both the environment and your wallet. Research your journey so you know when you’ll be able to dispose of it correctly, as different regions will have different levels of disposal available for food waste, recycling and general rubbish. The same goes for wastewater, as local councils, caravan parks and camp sites may have different rules and regulations.

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