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60 Green Travel Resources Every Responsible Traveler Should Know

Carbon offset companies, ecotour operators, green hotels, hybrid rental car agencies … with so many eco-friendly resources on the internet, where’s a would-be green traveler to start? I’ve cut the confusion by gathering my favorite green travel resources in one convenient spot—so whether you’re interested in renting a hybrid car or offsetting the pollution from your last flight, you can find the info you need right here.

General Ecotourism and Green Travel Resources

Learn more about the principles of ecotourism and green travel by browsing these sites.

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Carbon Offset Companies

There are a number of companies and charitable organizations that will offset your carbon emissions, not only for flights but also for car travel and household energy use. The range of projects varies widely, so I’ve explained a little bit about each organization to help you decide which offsetter is right for you.

  • Atmosfair: German nonprofit organization that donates funds to alternative energy projects
  • Carbon Footprint: British company that retires carbon offsets, plants trees, and supports international energy-saving projects
  • American nonprofit organization that retires carbon offsets, plants trees, and supports renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects
  • The Conservation Fund: American nonprofit organization that plants trees across the U.S.
  • GreenSeat: Dutch company that supports renewable energy projects
  • Terrapass: American company that funds clean energy, biomass, and industrial efficiency projects

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Eco-Friendly Lodging and Green Hotels

Looking for a hotel that takes steps to care for the environment? These green travel resources can help.

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Eco-Friendly Tour Operators

These tour operators take a sustainable approach to travel, with some even paying for carbon offsets for their trips.

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Hybrid and Fuel-Efficient Rental Cars

Opt for a hybrid or other fuel-efficient car rental on your next trip from one of these providers.

  • Alamo: Hybrid rentals at select locations
  • Avis: Hybrid rentals at select locations
  • CarRentals: Search engine for hybrid rentals around the world
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Hybrid and electric car rentals
  • Fox Rent A Car: Hybrid rental vehicles at select locations
  • Hertz: “Green Collection” of hybrid and fuel-efficient rental vehicles
  • National Car Rental: Hybrid rental vehicles at select locations

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated with the latest information.

By Sarah Schlichter

Deputy Executive Editor Sarah Schlichter's idea of a perfect trip includes spotting exotic animals, hiking through pristine landscapes, exploring new neighborhoods on foot, and soaking up as much art as she can. She often attempts to recreate recipes from her international travels after she gets home (which has twice resulted in accidental kitchen fires—no humans or animals were harmed).

Sarah joined the SmarterTravel team in 2017 after more than a decade at the helm of Sarah's practical travel advice has been featured in dozens of news outlets including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Budget Travel, and Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio. Follow her on Twitter @TravelEditor.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: "A journal. Even years later, reading my notes from a trip can bring back incredibly vivid memories."

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: "Road tripping and hiking through the rugged mountains of Patagonia."

Travel Motto: "'To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.'—Freya Stark"

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "Aisle. I get restless on long flights and like to be able to move around without disturbing anyone else."

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