HOW TO BE A MORE ECO-CONSCIOUS TRAVELLER

‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ is a simple enough mantra to live by at home, but how much attention do you pay to your environmental footprint when you travel? It turns out, there are plenty of ways you can reduce your impact even when you’re on holiday.

TRAVEL SMART

From arriving to your destination to getting around town, have you ever taken a moment to consider how the way you get from A to B is impacting the environment? While walking is obviously the best way to see the city in terms of your environmental impact – it’s also made easy by plenty of well-kept, beautiful pathways, too – it’s certainly not the most efficient, so why not rent a bike or an electric scooter and cruise the many bike paths to speed things up a bit? The Gold Coast is also home to an impressive tram network, which cuts down both traffic congestion and air pollution. Hop on at Surfers Paradise North (just an eight-minute walk from The Ruby Collection) and ride the rail all the way to Helensvale in the north or Broadbeach in the south. It’s a fun, eco-friendly way to see the city.

LIGHTS OFF, NOBODY HOME

You probably do this at home, so it only makes sense to switch off all of the lights and air conditioning when you leave your Ruby Collection apartment for the day, too. Sure, you don’t have the threat of racking up a huge electricity bill hanging over your head when you’re on holidays, but the environmental costs of wasting unnecessary electricity could actually outweigh the financial ones. One study from Boston University showed that if everyone on campus turned off one light for just one hour a day, for one year, it would cut down 1,161,000 pounds of CO2 – the equivalent of taking 97 cars off the road for a whole year. Keep that in mind next time you think leaving the light on for the day won’t make a difference!

SAY GOODBYE TO SINGLE-USE

The Great Plastic Bag Ban of 2018 alerted people to the possibility of a world without single-use plastic, and it’s never been easier to cut down on those wasteful items – even when you travel. Make sure you have a canvas or reusable bag on you at all times, even if you’re not planning on doing any grocery shopping. You can find compact bags that will fit into your handbag or tote bag with ease, and you never know when it will come in handy. It’s common for Gold Coast cafes not to offer plastic straws or cutlery, so consider purchasing your own reusable utensil kit, complete with a metal straw, to have on you when you travel. And when it comes to your morning coffee, invest in a reusable coffee cup so that you don’t have to rely on wasteful takeaway cups. They’re this year’s travel essential!

SHOP, EAT AND DRINK LOCAL

The Gold Coast is home to a number of awesome local businesses, many of which also happen to be eco-friendly, too. From locally-made goods – that don’t have the huge carbon footprint that imported goods do – to organically-grown produce, there are so many ways you can spend your money in an eco-friendly way. Did you know that you can make a positive impact on the environment just by drinking local beer?! Yep, ‘beer mileage’ is totally a thing – the further your beer has had to travel to end up in your hand (and your stomach), the bigger its carbon footprint is. Luckily, the Gold Coast is also home to a number of quality breweries for you to sample. Sustainability has never tasted this good.