We are caught with the wanderlust virus but also care for our planet. So we wondered, how can we compensate our CO2 carbon footprint, our carbon dioxide emissions?

Sustainable, ethical travel means that when you travel, you also take the environment and the living conditions of people into account, so that future generations can enjoy the beautiful places on our planet.


3 Carbon Footprint Compensation options

So how to travel green and ethically? A quick search led to some options.


(1) Donate to a Carbon Fund

You can think of funds, such as:
Carbonfund.org Foundation
Carbon Footprint

And in the Netherlands, there is GreenSeat.

These funds help you to calculate your CO2 of your travels.


(2) Ask your travel agent or association

It’s also a good idea to ask your travel agent or association for possible joint-ventures with carbon funds. The New Zealand Motorhome and Caravan Association (NZMCA) has a joint-venture with Greenfleet for example.


(3) Plant trees and clean water yourself

Another idea, if you want to take hands-on action yourself, is to find a tree planting programme in the country of your destination. Or join a project for cleaner waters, such as Million Metres in New Zealand.

And of course, there are other ways to travel around. More about that in the next Ethical Lifestyle article.

Monika de Neef & Victor MacGill

PS: photo-credit Mantas Hesthaven – Unsplash


How about you?
Do you compensate your travels? And if yes, which fund do you support?