Summer Vacation Green - Our Daily Green

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Vacation Green

Last year, Our Daily Green had the summer staycation where we explored our own town. It was fabulous to see what was in our very own backyard from a tourist's viewpoint. We biked, kayaked, found local restaurants and farm markets, went to art festivals and ran 5K races. We saw our town at a slower pace and spent many hours exploring the second largest metropolitan park in the United States. 

This year, we are traveling, but we're trying to figure out the greenest ways to do so. We have been researching bike shares for the cities we can visit as well as the public transportation systems.  We also discovered some amazing tips as well as a contest at Recyclebank's site. This summer, readers have a chance to enter their Green Your Vacation  from 12:01 a.m. EST on June 22, 2011 through 11:59 p.m. EST July 31, 2011. The site offers valuable tips and interactive games to earn points as well as get educated.

Our Daily Green first showcased Recyclebank back in 2009, and the company has grown significantly since then. They now offer trash pick up in many cities throughout the United States, paying customers to recycle via rewards at local stores and discounts on national brands. Recyclebank makes money by saving municipalities landfill fees.

Even if your community doesn't offer Recyclebank's services, you still are eligible to enter their vacation contest and be eligible to win a trip to the Galapogos Islands or Costa Rica.

Recyclebank offers simple tips such as packing lighter to save on fuel costs for heavy baggage (take paperbacks instead of hardback books, for example). Heavier vehicles and cargo decreases fuel efficiency, so packing light doesn't just save your back, it also helps the environment.

What are some of your favorite tips to enjoy an eco-friendly vacation?

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