One Way to Conserve Jet Fuel: Pack Less Stuff

The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Travel in a recent issue of National Geographic Traveler is chock-full of good tips, but the one we founding most surprising was the amount of jet fuel that can be saved by packing fewer items in your suitcase.

According to Thomas Kostigen, author of The Green Book, every additional ten pounds per traveler requires an additional 350 million gallons of jet fuel per year. Kostigen says that's enough fuel to keep a 747 flying continuously for ten years. Click through for a few tips on how to pack light and reduce your suitcase's load...In the United States, airlines will collectively spend $61.2 billion this year on jet fuel. High oil prices are clearly putting pressure on the industry to cut fuel costs, and some of that is being transferred to consumers by forcing them to pay to check baggage, in the case of US Airways and others. This means there's a new economic incentive to bring fewer bags, but travelers can also look to shave off smaller amounts of accoutrement.

While leaving ten pounds of stuff at home may not be possible, most of us are probably capable of leaving at least one pound of unnecessary clothes. NGT Magazine suggests bringing durable, neutral-colored clothing that can be easily mixed and matched to keep the suitcase light.

The same applies to road trips. Heavy items, particularly on the roof of a vehicle increases drag, which lowers fuel efficiency in most vehicles.

We've noted that the airline industry is also beginning to reduce their rising jet fuel bills by getting rid of inefficient planes, power-washing jet engines more often to prevent grime, carrying less water for the bathroom faucets and toilets and safety equipment, and replacing passenger seats with lighter models. :: Via National Geographic Traveler
More on Jet Fuel Conservation:
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Emirates Drops In-Flight Magazine To Save Fuel
Bombardier Launches Fuel Efficient Jet
The Helium Report on Flying Carbon Neutral
US Airways to Start Charging for Checked Baggage, Drinks

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