We heard a lot about environment polution, we learn about out impacts on our planet, it’s obvious to predict the bad result in next 10 years, 20 years… if we do nothing to prevent the climate change and preserve the nature.
Viet Nam attracts millions visitors every years and gradually rises as a tourism country. Beside that, Viet Nam have to face with the serious environment issues. It can’t deny that one of the reason is the increasing number of irresponsible visitors.
We are here to speak up: environment protection is not something vast and sublime, you also can do it. Just by the way follow the tips to backpack eco-friendly in Viet Nam.
WHY WE MUST BACKPACK ECO-FRIENDLY?
CULTURAL AND RESPONSIBLE PERSON
Backpacking eco-friendly show that you are responsible, cultural and polited person. Responsible children are brave to say sorry. Responsible parent take care of their sons, their daughter. Responsible teacher teach the meaningful lesson to her/his student. Responsible backpackers is polite and contribute something to country he/she visits.
SAVE PLANET – SAVE US
You know, the plastic bags are necessary for travel because of their convenience. However, once they are used, most bags become litters and go into landfills. And, if they are burned, they infuse the air with toxic fumes.
One of the worst environmental effects is they are non-biodegradable. The decomposition takes from ten to hundreds years. Thus, save the environment for the future generations as well as animals.
DEVELOP THE BACKPACKER NETWORK
I believe that the strong organisation is built from many good performances. Wherever you are, you should create your own value to develop yourself as well as your community. Supposed that you behave well in Viet Nam, you definitely are welcomed for the next trip and opposite.
Let together make the nice picture about backpackers in Vietnamese’s eyes.
SHOW YOUR LOVE TO VIET NAM
You wish enjoying the beautiful beaches and look the cosy atmosphere in Viet Nam?
You remember and desire to taste the Viet Nam local food?
Or you are planing to visit Viet Nam with your parent, your children… ?
If you do love Viet Nam, please travel eco-friendly to make Viet Nam become one of the top tourism countries.
Don’t forget to follow The tips to backpack eco-friendly in Viet Nam below.
TIPS TO BACKPACK ECO-FRIENDLY IN VIET NAM
BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLE
This is an effective tip to reduce the plastic waste as well as the waste from industries. After finish a tired day or long check-in at the airport, we tend to take a cup of Starbuck. That’s the way we dispose litters in the environment. If it continues, I count at least 10 cups through your trip. Just need to bring your own bottle/ own cup, a mental staw whenever you are, small change that backpackers can make your trip greener.
REUSED CANVAS BAG
A big canvas bag is which you can wrap all the items during your backpack and no need for the small plastic bag anymore.
Like if you try to visit Vietnamese outside market, the seller can supply you the food with a plastic bag for anything you buy. So just refuse them and put all in your canvas bag.
SHOP FOR SECOND-HAND CLOTHES
Firstly, repurchase for the second-hand clothes means you reduce the huge number of fabric waste and limit the process of new garment into the waste.
Secondly, it’s a tip to discover and become a real Vietnamese. Second-hand market seem to be the distinctive culture in Viet Nam. So if you backpack here, try to get some clothes in those market. It’s not only adapt for the low budget but also high fashion..
BRING YOUR OWN TOILETTRIES
Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, brush, comb,.. are available in all hostel in Viet Nam, but consider to bring your own. That’s a simple tip to reduce the number of plastic waste in every trip. Morever, your own toilettries are 100% better than what the hostel provides.
REDUCE TAKE-AWAY FOOD
Viet Nam take-away street food is absolutely packed in the plastic bag, box or cup. It’s a sad story but we are try day by day to take action as much as possible. If you drop in a coffee shop or food vendor on the street, eat directly here instead of bringing to your hostel.
Avoid to call for food delivery order.
In case you are at home after a tired day, you can book food online through grab app. And please note the driver that “don’t take the plastic spoon/chopstick” on the new function of grab app.
EAT LOCAL FOOD
Eat local food also means you don’t need to take fast food/ packing food which is packed in a plastic bag or cans. It’s known that the fasstest way to understand the region is eating local food.
However, in Viet Nam, if you try street food like ” banh trang tron”, “banh trang nuong”, “xoai lac”, you will receive the food with a plastic box. There is no other way. You can find another vendor where serve the table and dish on the real plate.
Do you know, the food waste globally sums to one- third of the total food produced for human consumption, about 1.6 billions tons a year, according to FAO report in 2013. People tend to purchase too much foodstuffs than they really need. And then it’s obvious the excess food on the plate will go to waste.
CHOOSE THE ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
Mental bottle, canvas bag… are both eco-friendly products to prepare before you backpack anywhere. Choosing the green products also show the way you vote for environment protection. In Viet Nam, we often said that “one tree can not amount to anything, three of them together an look like a mountain”. I and you, join hand to build the green earth forever.
LEAVE NO TRACE
This is not really a tip. This is a culture of traveller network.
No matter where you travel, the only thing you should leave behind is footprints. Most eco-backpackers take this action futher now. Don’t forget picking up trashes when you leave a place or even make it better than when you visit. So that it doesn’t end up sinking into the ground or ocean.
DON’T RUIN THE NATURE WHEN BACKPACKING
Trekking, swimming… is one of the most activities to experience in Viet Nam. Be careful where you step and don’t damage the precious ecosystem. Try not to pick flowers and harm plant life. Respect wildlife and keep its beauty. It’s important to follow the rules. Don’t be that person ruining sunflowers for the sake of an Instagram photo.
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