Going on holiday is something that many of us enjoy, but more and more of us are concerned about what impact this has on the environment around us.
We’ve been working hard to make our holidays better for the environment and introduced our #noplaceforplastic pledge to remove 70 million items of single-use plastic. We’ve also made sure that all excursions meet the ABTA animal welfare standard.
Although we know we have more to do, we want to help our customers have an environmentally conscious holiday and here are our tips on how to do it below:
1: Book a Travelife certified hotel
All of our Thomas Cook Hotels & Resorts are working towards getting their Travelife certification. This is a sustainability certification scheme for hotels across the world. Many of our resorts have already achieved a gold standard including the Sunwing Arguineguin.
2: Research before you go
Do your research beforehand to see what makes your destination so unique and special. Instead of making repeat trips to the same place in a taxi, make sure you plan out what attractions you want to see in the same area and do this on the same day.
3: Protect the planet when packing your bags
When you’re packing, reduce the amount of single-use plastic by switching to bamboo toothbrushes, reusable water bottles and a bar of soap. Try to remove and recycle as much packaging as you can at home as many destinations can’t recycle waste.
4: Don’t print your boarding pass
Don’t print your boarding pass and save some trees! Instead, access all your information on by downloading our My holiday app today. Where you can get your boarding passes, order your local currency, check-in information for your hotel and more.
5: Flying climate efficiently with Thomas Cook Airlines
Thomas Cook Airlines is one of the top ten most climate efficient airlines in the world. Minimise your footprint further by taking public transport to and from the airport.
6: Go plastic free on your flight
On your Thomas Cook Airlines flight, we’ve removed plastic straws and drink stirrers. Plus, if you bring an empty refillable bottle through security, most airports have free water stations for you to use for free.
7: Don’t bite off more than you can chew
If you’re in an All Inclusive resort, don’t take pile too much food on your plate. Food waste is a global problem and results in perfectly good food going in the bin. Take smaller portions and just keep going back for more!
8: Take only memories and leave only footprints
If you’re out on the beach or by the pool and see litter, pick it up and put it in the nearest recycling bin, or hand to one of our hotel staff or reps who’ll be happy to recycle it for you.
9: Don’t leave your inflatables deflated
If you have inflatables for the pool or sea, please either take them home or recycle them. This summer we are partnering with designers Wyatt and Jack to launch a pilot at Sunwing Kallithea in Rhodes where holidaymakers’ broken and discarded plastic inflatables, lilos and children’s swimming armbands will be turned into bags and holiday accessories to be used time and time again.
Do you have any tips on how to be more eco-friendly on holiday, that I’ve missed off this list? Let me know in the comments below.