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Steps Toward Greener Flying

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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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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5:55AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

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.

5:13AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

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.......

2:07AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

thank you for sharing

8:35AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

good reminders to do our part

10:25AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012


1:22AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Great article! Thanks for sharing!

4:44PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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9:58AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

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.

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