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12 Ways to Minimize your #Carbon Footprint through Responsible Tourism

Don’t you love to travel, to trek, to explore and experience high adventure!?  If you travel for relaxation, discovery and adventure – rather than simply to do ‘package tours’ – then responsible tourism is for you.

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Trek #ResponsibleTourism

What is #ResponsibleTourism?

It is all about exploring the whole world while making sure that we protect the one Earth that we have to save!! Responsible travel is a way of respecting and benefiting local people and the environment. And even more.

Responsible travelers are interested in minimizing their carbon footprint and maximizing their contribution to local inhabitants–both financially and through human and cultural exchange. In many places of tourist interest, whether it be on the beaches, the forests, the river banks or the hills,  Tourism is the mainstay of the locals people’s livelihood.

At Peace

Indian Himalayas Trekking

Before you Leave

On the Trip

  • Leave only footprints – throwing soda cans, food wrappers, cigarette butts, toilet paper or food scraps are a no-no. Use reusable containers or stuff sacks and carry a trash bag. Degradable waste and leftover food that may attract animals into camping or eating areas must be buried deep before leaving the site.
  • In high-altitude climbs, it is good to hire local porters. Make sure you pack light so they are not burdened.
  • Walking off-route puts fragile landscapes at risk of erosion. Never pick flowers, burn tree branches or collect natural keepsakes. Stick to used trails, keep a respectful distance from wildlife, burn only dead wood and resist the temptation to remove rocks, shells or plants from their natural environment. Encourage local communities to respect and preserve their environment rather than mining it for souvenir-making from.  It will earn you carbon footprint brownie points!
  • Respect Local Culture: Learn about acceptable behavior, appropriate dress codes and local customs before you travel. Have fun with them, not at their expense.
  • Streams & rivers en route are the locals’ main source of water. To avoid contaminating them, pack refillable water bottles or pouches, and dispose of dirty water away from them.

Spread the Good Word

  • Whilst trekking, talk to other trekkers that you see littering or damaging the environment and politely explain to them the error of their ways.

You owe it to Mother Earth to practice Responsible Tourism – preserve your carbon footprint & protect the fragile environment. Happy Trekking! 

And while you are out there, remember to take a Selfie in the midst of nature and post with #SelfieWithNature. You could win a Fabulous Aromatherapy Kit! For more details :

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May #GanpatiBappa remove all obstacles to a cleaner, greener & more #EnvironmentFriendly world!

The #EcoSensitivity of #IndianHeritage

Harking back to ancient Vedic times, the sculpting of a Ganesha idol from Shaadu(natural clay) at home , worshiping it and then immersing it is an age-old practice that incorporates the wisdom of eco-sensitive practices – – a #SustainableLiving practice. This is still followed in parts of South India, notably in Tamil Nadu.

Row of ganeshas

DIY ecofriendly clay ganesha

The #EnvironmentalPollution of the Festival

Today, it is a practice that needs to be followed widely because we can see the environmental pollution that is caused by Ganesh Chaturthi festival through:

  • Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols. Plaster of Paris (POP) contains gypsum, sulphur, phosphorus and magnesium. The idols take several months to dissolve in water and in the process poison the waters of lake, ponds, rives and seas.
  • #ChemicalPollution.The chemical paints used on the idols contain mercury, lead, cadmium and carbon and this increases the acidity and heavy metal content in the water.
  • Waste generated by the non-biodegradable accessories – thermocole, plastic flowers, cloth, incense, camphor, etc. used during the worship.
  • #NoisePollution
  • #Traffic congestion

There are many negative effects on the environment:

  • The polluted water causes several diseases including skin diseases.
  • The pollution from the idols also damages the #Ecosystem, kills fishes and water plants. Often, the same #PollutedWater gets pumped into homes.

A Central Pollution Control Board Study on the impact of immersion of Ganesh idols on the lakes revealed the following:

  • The acid content in the waters increased.
  • The TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) increased by a 100%
  • The heavy metal content sampling showed an increase in metals such as iron which increased nearly 10 times and the content of copper in the sediments increased by 200 to 300 %.

How do we prevent this Environmental Damage?

  • Use eco-friendly clay idols painted with natural colors.
  • Use permanent idols made of stone and perform a symbolic immersion and reuse the idol each year.
  •  Avoid public water bodies to immerse the idols, instead immerse idol in bucket or tub.

Natural Mantra offers you a #SustainableLiving alternative: A Natural Clay Ganesha Home kit with all the necessary tools, #EnvironmentFriendly jewelry & embellishments and a step-by-step video guide. You can also use a ready-made idol made of coconut from the site to re-create this tradition in your own home. Let us ensure the sanctity of our traditions and the purity of our Earth. Happy Ganesha!


row of ecofriendly ganeshas