Responsible travel starts at home, literally. Any savvy traveler can tell you that the journey starts long before you step out the door. Whether it be a weekend or an extended international hiatus, here are ten ways to start traveling green before you’re out the door.

1. Cut the paper trail

Paperless booking is no longer the way of the future, it is here now. When the International Air Transport Association switched to all paperless ticketing last year, (and their bookings comprise nearly 95% of international travel), they started saving an estimated 50,000 trees every year. Not only is e-ticketing saving resources, it can save you time and hassle as well at check-in.

2. Get disconnected

Before you head out, unplug ALL the appliances you can. All the things that power your home – televisions, blenders, tv’s, chargers, computers, toasters – are secretly sipping away at electricity. This “standby power” expenditure can really add up, both for your power bill and the environment.

3. Drop the plants off at the sitter

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