Findings by safari company Yellow Zebra Safaris have shown ways travellers could potentially reduce their carbon footprint and waste impact. Safaris found that 24% of an individual’s footprint in greenhouse gas emissions came from tourism.
Julian Carter Manning, the director and co-founder of Yellow Zebra Safaris, said the company calculated how each change would lower levels of carbon emissions and waste production, with each one measured by a score out of 20. The higher the score, the better the impact on the environment.
He added that single-use plastic tied with suncare for first place.
The list showed that reducing meat consumption or adopting a vegan lifestyle (12/20), wearing sustainable swimwear (11/2), packing lighter (10/20) and eating locally (9/20) also reduced one's carbon footprint.
Manning said the average water bottle took 450 years to decompose.