Going Green: The Bandwagon Ain’t So Bad

July 29, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Plug-in cars, organic toilet paper and clothes made out of recycled plastic bottles would have sounded crazy years ago. But today, the idea of “going green” is more than just tossing your empty water bottle in a blue bin.
Even the cruise industry is becoming more innovative. Following the footsteps of eco-friendly hotels and resorts flaunting repurposed wood and sustainable menus, cruise lines are proving to the world that they, too, can be cordial with Mother Earth.
Efforts to convert used cooking oil into biodiesel and recycling waste materials to avoid dumping have expanded to include coral reef rebuilding projects and installing new scrubbing technology to lower diesel emissions. And while there’s no doubt these extra steps cost time and money for the cruise lines, cruisers can take their own steps to become more eco-friendly.
What we asked: How interested are you in learning more about green cruising?
What they said: Although most (44.54 percent) of our poll-takers claim to be “not interested at all” when it comes to green cruising, nearly 30 percent of you are open to learning more about green travel tips that not only bring good karma, but also can save you a few extra bucks.
Quick Tip: Refill small plastic tubes with your favorite shampoo, face wash or sunscreen instead of continuously buying new bottles advertised as “travel sized.”
Vote in today’s daily poll by scrolling to the bottom right.
To read more about major cruise lines’ ongoing efforts, check out this article on Green Cruising.
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    2 Responses to “Going Green: The Bandwagon Ain’t So Bad”

    1. Brian
      July 29th, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

      While we don’t overly obcess about green practices, we do try to do what we can to help. Whenever possible we take public transportation to get ourselves to the airport, rather than driving our own private car. It saves us on gas, tolls, and parking, while reducing freeway congestion.

    2. Elizabeth
      July 31st, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

      I do wish the cruise lines would put a recycling bin in the room for paper, aluminum, glass, and plastic bottles. We recycle at home and work, so it would be a natural thing to just do that in our cabin. I do wonder if there would be a way inexpensively to get it to port, though.

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