Train Travel on the Eurostar is Green and Fast

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Photo: B. Alter

Train travel can be such a delight, when it works. Take the London subway to the station, hop on the train, and two hours later you are in the centre of Brussels. What could be more environmental and it feels so virtuous.

The Eurostar train terminal in Brussels is celebrating its green-ness with a big piece of art work made of recycled coke cans, plastic water bottles, crumpled paper and some paper plates. Each symbolizes an aspect of the company's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

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Photo: B. Alter

Back in 2007, Eurostar became the world's first train operator to make all its trips carbon neutral. The CO2 impact of a Eurostar rail journey between London and Paris or Brussels is at least 10 times less than the same trip by plane. Their Tread Lightly initiative outlines the different ways that they are working to further reduce their carbon footprint.

Food is a difficult area because it's take-away so washable plates and cutlery won't work. When it comes to napkins, plates and cups: 90% of the disposable items on the train are either biodegradable or fully recyclable. The menus are printed on FSC approved paper and are re-used.

The drinking cans that are sold are all made of recyclable aluminum. They sell only PET water bottles which can be recycled into things such as carpets, polar fleece, or other bottles.

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Photo: B. Alter

They are working with Worn Again, the clothing company that makes everything great out of recycled items, to recreate the old uniforms into new bags and accessories. They have six products including a commuter bag, a haversack and a wallet.

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Photo: wornagain

We particularly loved this little i-pod/ mobile phone holder that is made out of decommissioned Eurostar staff cardigan uniforms.

All in all, a great way to travel: when it works, it really works.

More on Eurostar Train Travel
Eurostar's First Carbon Neutral Trip
Eurostar to Cut Emissions by 25% and Offset The Rest
Eurostar vs. Planes: It's Not Just About the Green

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