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7 Ways to Travel Sustainably in an Urban Environment

“Leave no trace” also counts in the city.

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If sustainable living is as important to you as it is to most of us here in the Pacific Northwest,then you’ll appreciate these seven ways to visit Seattle NorthCountry in a way that leaves a small footprint.

Bring a reusable water bottle and eating utensils

Plastic trash can add up fast, especially when you’re out and about. Cut down on unnecessary waste by carrying your own reusable water bottle and dining utensils. If you’re a straw user, consider bringing your own metal straw.

Enjoy Lime scooters

These scooters are new to the city of Everett. You can now download the Lime app for emission-free scooter rides around town. Helmets are available for use at various businesses.

Ride a bicycle

Travel with your own or rent a bicycle for your journeys. Bike on the road or take your pick from a number of bike-friendly trails: The Centennial Trail, Interurban Trail, or The Milltown Trail.

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Don’t forget collapsible shopping bags

Plastic bags are being phased out in the Seattle area. Consider traveling with a lightweight collapsible tote — most can fold down smaller than the size of a fist.

Catch a Swift Bus

The Swift Bus has two lines with fifteen diesel-electric vehicles that run at ten and twenty minute intervals. Skip the traffic and feel good doing it.

Tone down energy use

Remember to turn off lights and electronic devices when you leave your hotel. You may not be directly paying for the light bill, but conservation counts.

Choose souvenirs intentionally

Some souvenirs may represent Seattle NorthCountry but were made in factories overseas and shipped from other parts of the world. Find that special something to remember your visit here by perusing a farmer’s market or supporting a small local business.

Enjoy the Pacific Northwest responsibly while looking forward. Seattle NorthCountry is truly a gift we can give back to.

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Christa Porter