Better for the environment, healthier for you – sustainable transportation

Think of bicycles as a rideable art that can just about save the world
-Grant Petersen
Start with small steps and make a wiser choice every morning. This way you keep healthy and contribute to protecting environment.
Before you start to think about your long-distance travelling habit, make sure your everyday travels are environmentally-friendly as well. There are various of choices we can make daily to develop more sustainable habits. Cycling to work in the morning or taking a walk to the grocery store in the evening are the easiest contributions available for everyone.

Benefits of walking…
Walking is the option available for mostly anyone – it keeps us healthy, happy and saves as a great deal of money. According to the studies carried out all around the world, there are thousands of benefits we gain for walking at least half an hour per day. I have listed some of the most common ones:

According to Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support report being physically active

  • can add 3-5 years to one’s life
  • prevent 37,000 deaths every year, just by taking a walk
  • Reduce risk of getting serious diseases (heart disease, Alzheimer’s, stroke etc) by 20-50%
  • increases ‘good’ cholesterol
  • Lowers the risk of getting depression by a 30% reduce their risk of having dementia

Furthermore, according to a study carried out in the University of Stanford while walking and afterwards, the creativity of person heightens approximately by 60 percent compared to sitting.

Capture d’écran 2016-07-21 à 16.15.33Cycling…
If the distance is too long to walk but not enough to take a car, choose cycling. Scottish cycling activists have listed 8 interesting and conclusive reasons, why cycling is good for the environment and also your own health! The level of pollution inside a car is invariably higher than that of the ambient air. A motorist breathes in approximately twice as much carbon monoxide as a cyclist, and approximately 50% more nitrogen oxides. According to European cyclists’ federation cycling has a positive effect on emotional health.

It improves levels of well-being, self-confidence and tolerance to stress while reducing tiredness, difficulties with sleep and a range of medical symptoms. Cycling also cuts down on pollutive emissions released to the atmosphere and maintenance costs are way lower compared to owning a car.  Beside that you will feel better, you can also enjoy your surroundings without being stuck in the traffic, saving time and money! Moreover, according to the study carried out in Netherlands prove that you can also save yourself more months on this planet as biking may increase life expectancy.

And commuting Capture d’écran 2016-07-21 à 16.15.49
According to the definition, commuting is periodically recurring travel between one’s place of residence and place of work, or study, and in doing so exceed the boundary of their res
idential comm
unity. It sometimes refers to any regular or often repeated traveling between locations, even when not work-related.
Although if are a commuter at longer distance and cycling to work is not an option, there are s
till various options to behave greener. You can take a public transportation or try carpooling. Ask your colleagues if you can share a ride to work – it is more environmental-friendly, reduces traffic jams and is also a great way to get to know your colleagues better! 

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Other alternatives
Nowadays, one can find lot of alternatives to biking and walking such as electric skateboards and
all-electric vehicles, wh
ich has been proven to be a great success in the past years. All-electric cars are more energy-efficient than usual gasoline-powered vehicles, not emitting any pollutants when in use. Big car manufacturers such as Audi, BMW and of course Tesla are producing more and more electric cars, which are not only environmentally friendly but also stylish and practical.

And who knows, maybe in the future drones will be used for transportation of good and maybe even people. This area is developing really fast and there is already a drone developed who can transport a person for a short distance, and it is designed to be a 100% with green technology, and is powered by electricity only. Read more about it from here.
In addition to promote and support sustainable companies, GreenAdvisor also wants to promote healthier lifestyle and show the small steps we can all take, to be healthier on our own and  to contribute to more sustainable society. Furthermore, on GreenAdvisor you can rate the companies which implement sustainable transportation in their operations, promote healthy lifestyle and support employee’s being active!

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