We’re all now a lot more aware of our impact on the planet, especially when it comes to travel. According to booking.com, over half (55%) of global travellers report being more determined to make sustainable travel choices than they were a year ago, we’ve put together some tips to help you make eco-friendly choices while you travel.
Cardiff is a great walking city, with most attractions in easy reach. For a guided experience, try Cardiff Bay Tours or Cardifferent Historic Pub Tours.If you fancy exploring on two wheels, try Cardiff Cycle Tours or Nextbike has more than 60 stations in handy locations across Cardiff, including the city centre, Cardiff Bay, Central Station and the coach station at Sophia Gardens.
Public transport is of course more environmentally friendly than taking the car, and Cardiff is easily accessible by train and bus.
Check out Keeping Cardiff Moving for information on travel around the city. There’s even a carbon calculator to compare the impact of different transport options (requires registration).
Stagecoach has launched a fleet of 24 gold buses with Euro VI engines, featuring stop/start technology and low carbon emissions, to improve air quality on its routes around Cardiff, Newport, Blackwood and Caerphilly. As well as their green credentials, the new buses include high-backed seats, increased legroom, free wi-fi, and multiple on-board USB charging points.
Cardiff has lots to see and do, including attractions that have made firm commitments to sustainability.
Techniquest is the UK’s longest-established science centre and offers an exciting interactive experience in Cardiff Bay. The centre is looking to reduce its environmental impact through energy efficiency, waste management, and eliminating the use of single-use cups in the café and at events. Techniquest is also developing new exhibits, which cover environmental issues including greenhouse gases, biodiversity and climate change.
If you’re coming to Cardiff for a gig or large event, you may well find yourself at the Motopoint Arena or Principality Stadium. The Motopoint Arena is part of a global sustainability charter, with objectives including reducing greenhouse gases, ending the sale of single-use plastics by 2021, and aiming for venues and events to be zero waste to landfill by 2030.
The Principality Stadium became the UK’s first certifiably sustainable event stadium in 2011, through computer-controlled LED lighting systems to save energy, rainwater harvesting below the pitch to recycle water, and re-use of soil and grass turf.
For more information on things to see and do in Cardiff, go to: https://www.visitcardiff.com/see-do/
It’s important to stay hydrated when out and about exploring! Refill now has almost 200 schemes across the UK and has started to expand internationally. Find water on the go with the Refill app. Refill stations in Cardiff include Central Library Hub, Little Man Coffee, Bigmoose Coffee, and Lush, as well as Premier Inns and branches of Costa.
5. Think Before You Drink
It’s great to bring your own reusable cup for coffee and tea, and you’ll even get a discount in chains like Costa and Starbucks if you do. But if you forget or are travelling light, Costa will recycle disposable cups from any brand. Bigmoose Coffee Co., just off Queen Streeet, sells ‘Moosejars’ – a cake in a jar where you get 50p back if you return the jar!
Many bars and pubs have limited their use of plastic straws as part of the global Straws Suck campaign and iconic Cardiff brewery Brains joined the movement back in 2017. You can try an authentic taste of Welsh brewing at their pubs across the city, including the historic Goat Major near Cardiff Castle and The Dock with its stunning views across Cardiff Bay.
6. Shop Waste-free
Cardiff is now home to two Zero Waste Shops, in the trendy neighbourhoods of Roath and Pontcanna, both accessible from the city centre.
Ripple 102, Albany Road, Roath CF24 3RT
Viva Organic, 79 Pontcanna Street CF11 9HS
7. Shop Local
Farmers Markets are a perfect way to sample some local produce with low food mileage. Get a taste of Wales at the popular weekly markets in Riverside, Roath, and Rhiwbina, as well as pop-up events including St Fagans and Cardiff University.
8. Eat Meat-free
Whether you’re a fully signed-up vegan or just looking to cut back on your meat consumption, Cardiff offers a wide range of green-eating options. Try Clancy’s in Cardiff Market for snacks while exploring the city centre or Vegetarian Food Studio for an Indian feast.Check out our blog for more ideas
9. Stay Clean & Green
To save on throwaway plastic bottles, try some packaging-free alternatives. Lush Spa Cardiff, on Cardiff’s main shopping thoroughfare Queen Street, has ‘naked’ travel essentials including shampoo bars, solid shower gels, and even blocks of sunscreen.
If you fancy indulging in an eco-friendly holiday treat, try one of their luxurious spa treatments, including deep-tissue, body scrub, and hot oil massages.
When staying in a hotel, there are some easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of your trip. Hang your towels up so they are not replaced daily and leave the ‘Do not disturb’ sign on your room door to avoid unnecessary cleaning and laundering of bedding.
In Cardiff, Voco St David’s Hotel & Spa, Radisson Blu Hotel, and Park Inn by Radisson have all got accreditation from Green Tourism.