Zero-Waste Travel and How to Pack for It

When we travel, we do it to experience new things, explore exciting destinations, and share an adventure with our friends. While traveling enriches our lives and broadens our horizons, we still need to ensure we're not doing any great damage to the environment. Travelers who don't think in advance end up producing a lot of waste, especially plastics. This is a harmful process and it takes the planet ages to recover.

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Fetzer Vineyards Leads the Way to Zero Waste

This is a pretty stellar achievement: Fetzer Vineyards has essentially halted creating waste for the world to absorb. They are the first wine company to receive Zero Waste Certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, meaning they have diverted 97.7 percent of waste from landfill, incineration, and the environment.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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Painted signs pointing to all points in the world on pole
01/27/2020
Anonymous (not verified)
When we travel, we do it to experience new things, explore exciting destinations, and share an adventure with our friends. While traveling enriches our lives and broadens our horizons, we still need... read more
Grapes on a Vine
11/19/2014
This is a pretty stellar achievement: Fetzer Vineyards has essentially halted creating waste for the world to absorb. They are the first wine company to receive Zero Waste... read more
Painted signs pointing to all points in the world on pole
01/27/2020
Anonymous (not verified)
When we travel, we do it to experience new things, explore exciting destinations, and share an adventure with our friends. While traveling enriches our lives and broadens our horizons, we still need... read more
Grapes on a Vine
11/19/2014
This is a pretty stellar achievement: Fetzer Vineyards has essentially halted creating waste for the world to absorb. They are the first wine company to receive Zero Waste... read more