Why Sustainable Airports Will Be the Most Influential Businesses in 2019
It’s no secret that sustainable business decisions are in.
Almost everywhere you look, consumers are choosing ethical and sustainable choices. Eco trends are popping up across the planet and thousands of eco-minded entrepreneurs are finding success and inspiration through their ever-growing target audience.
… not to mention the creation of gorgeously designed local eco-businesses that could turn a serial polluter into an eco-believer.
As the world delves closer to a future of fewer resources and more demand, creating a planet that not only preserves but enhances its productivity is one of the most important tasks on our agenda as a species.
After a massive amount of worldwide perseverance and dedication, we’ve made it to a point where most people take environmental concerns seriously.
A point where sustainability is an important concept to our society and institutions as a whole.
This has brought forth a lot of amazing ideas.
You name it, someone has thought of it:
Sustainable communities, houses, vehicles, schools… the list goes on.
However, for 2019, eco-minded industries are growing in scale.
This new year, sustainable airports are the new, eco-focused industry.
Yes, the big guys are taking part now too.
And we’re going to let you in on why it may be the most important decision of the year.
Why Airports and Air Travel are in the Spotlight
Airports have always been a massive source of environmentally harmful actions. From sound pollution to air pollution, planes have brought a lot of disturbance to our natural systems.
Airports themselves generate a whole different type of pollution, namely waste.
However, with all this anti-environmental activity comes just as much opportunity to change.
Nothing else we do pumps CO2 into the air faster and more dramatically as air travel.
In fact, just a round-trip from New York to California costs as 20% of the emissions your car would use in a year.
Now, while this sounds awful (it is) and somewhat devastating for travel-lovers (it can be), there are two possible solutions:
- Fly less
- Offset your carbon footprint
The latter is currently being worked on while airlines figure out a way how to get planes in the air without destroying the planet while they’re at it.
However, there’s something we can do as well. By off-setting individuals’ footprint within the airports, we’ll be making serious headway towards creating a fully sustainable industry, in and out.
How’s this done?
Seeing as airport waste is one of the most pressing issues inside, the first step towards sustainable airports is switching to compostable, biodegradable products.
This puts a halt on plastic production while providing a clear message:
Industries must put the planet first, no matter how dramatic of a change it calls for.
If a multi-billion dollar industry that relies on massive amounts of harmful fossil fuels can do it, anyone can.
And as we’ve seen, people are demanding eco-based services.
So sustainable airports really are a win-win-win situation for the industry, customers and the planet.
What to Look Forward To
With an ever-changing planet and rising temperatures, along with the shocking depletion of natural resources, the importance behind making life sustainable on every front is becoming more pressing by the day.
By making small, yet powerful steps towards cleaner and more ethical choices within one of the most influential industries, we’ll be working towards a unified end goal:
A future where nature and humans not only coexist but thrive, side by side.
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