Steps Toward Greener Flying

Flying is one of the worst offenders when it comes to polluting the atmosphere. But there are a few simple steps you can take to offset the negative impact of your jet trips.

1. First ask yourself: do I really need to get there on a plane? Consider alternative forms of travel first, and fly only when absolutely necessary.

2. If you must fly, at least buy electronic tickets to save energy and paper.

3. Fly on newer aircraft, which are more fuel efficient.

4. Buy credits to offset the environmental impact of your trip.

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Nona E.
Nona E.2 years ago

I fly infrequently but savor the opportunity to visit daughter and family almost cross country. Driving that far is out of the question for me. Also I agree with earlier comment about effect of every passenger driving cars to the same location - especially given the typical choice of a gas guzzler vehicles. Perhaps continued research into less polluting planes and fuel - and each of us doing our bit to avoid pollution on ground (easy to point fingers, isn't it?) I drive a hybrid, recycle/reuse, try to avoid chemicals, etc. That's not patting myself on back - just like scrubbing the toilet, it's up to each of us to clean up our own mess.

Nils Lunde

One takeoff polute the same amount as one rushhour in Oslo, Norway. BUT that was some years ago. Much more cars today, but then again there are A LOT more takeoff`s then any time before.......

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

thank you for sharing

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

good reminders to do our part

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Great article! Thanks for sharing!

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

bharathi A.
bharathi A.3 years ago


Sandi C.
Sandi C.3 years ago


Hartson Doak
Hartson Doak3 years ago

I live in Hawaii. One has to fly to get anywhere. But, I have been planting trees for years. I pickup roadside litter.. I recycle water. I am going to Israel this October on Pilgrimage to the Baha'i World Center. I am flying on one of the new Airbuses. I hope I have off set my carbon footprint.