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Flying green: the top 5 sustainable airlines

You realize that shivering sensation when you set your foot on the plane’s stepping stool, when the heart is thumping quicker and you feel that combination of nervousness and fervor that matches with the demonstration of leaving? There are ventures where the objective counts not exactly the actual excursion: it’s the situation of those notorious long train outings, for example, the trans-syberian, the walks by bicycle or.
In most different cases, the excursion remains part of the wizardry of voyaging.

By being dependable explorers, we can choose to be maintainable since the second we get out of our home entryway: the train is the ideal answer for limit the outflows of carbon dioxide in the climate, however some of the time taking a train is definitely impossible. What to do then, at that point? It’s as yet conceivable to settle on cognizant decisions while flying: a few carriers are indeed more economical than others, and have taken on approaches for the protect of our planet.

Let’s give a look to the five sustainable airlines that have been awarded in 2012, and let’s see why we should choose them for our travels.

Virgin America

Virgin America is renovating its fleet with the purchase of low fuel consumption aircrafts: this simple precaution will save 3600 tons of carbon dioxide per aircraft by 2016. You need other reasons to fly Virgin America? How does low cost tickets, fast wi-fi onboard and the first in-flight social network sound to you?

United Airlines

United Airlines operates over 5000 flights a day, yet it manages to limit its impact by using a bio fuel which includes seaweeds. No kidding, you heard right!
The company particularly cares about the recycling of paper, plastic and aluminium, and the cleaners only use eco-sustainable cleaning products for the aircrafts.

Harbour Air Seaplanes

Harbour Air Seaplanes is the biggest seaplane company in the world and operates in the canadian state of British Columbia. It’s the first north american company having a carbon sero impact: this means that when you buy a ticket, in the fare it’s already included the expense for the carbon dioxide off-setting: this is donated by the company to the partner enterprise Offsetters.

Finnair

Finnair is the national finnish airline company; between 2008 and 2010 its carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced by 439.000 tons, and the company’s goal is to reduce the emissions per passenger by 41% before 2017.
Finnair also stands out for cutting the paper and energy consumption in its offices; also, Finnair has donated the old uniforms to Globe Hope, and currently sponsors a project for the protection and the reforestation of brazilian forests.
Maybe heading to Finland next January, hope to travel with them!

Lufthansa

Lufthansa is the third biggest airline in the world, with a fleet of over 700 aairplanes; Lufthansa is the winner of its category in the 2012 World Savers Awards.
The company, in fact, has stood out thanks to the use of bio-fuel derived from flax oil and animal flat, which considerably reduce the environmental impact.
The airline is active in various social responsibility programs as well: it sponsors a program that replaces opium plantations with tea trees in China, this way helping the rural population, and has donated 32.000 trees to the Trees for Life project in occasion of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
My experience with them has always been good…as I’m 5’9 sometimes I feel cramped in those small planes, but I feel that Lufthansa’s aircrafts are a bit roomier. Thumbs up!

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