9. Accessories: low-footprint trainers
A good pair of trainers has always been a suitcase essential but their carbon footprint is significant – it’s been reported that just one pair of running shoes can generate 13kg of carbon dioxide in the production of the plastics, synthetic rubber and nylon they require. While it certainly doesn’t compare to the harmful emissions from flying, travellers can leave a little bit less of an impact by choosing ethically made footwear. There are lots of brands to choose from now, ranging from Portuguese start-up Wado, which plants two trees for every pair bought, to France’s fashionable Veja, which sources organic, fair trade materials. San Francisco’s Allbirds are made from New Zealand merino wool, while ‘eco-hip’ The People’s Movement makes trainers out of upcycled plastic that would otherwise be polluting our seas. Also check out Adidas x Parley, Ecoalf, Baabuk and Vivobarefoot.
10. Transport: biometric airports
Thanks to recent iPhone models, most consumers are familiar with using fingerprint and facial recognition to bypass entering passwords. It won’t be long until this kind of technology will be commonly employed to bypass queues at check-in, boarding and immigration, replacing laborious manual checks of boarding passes and passports. For the last year or so, British Airways has been trialling biometric gates at American airports including Orlando, New York and Miami, and London Heathrow will debut ‘the world’s largest deployment of biometrically enabled products including bag drops and self-boarding gates’ at a cost of £50million. The idea is that passengers will be able to walk through every check point from arrival to plane without showing any documentation, reducing journey time by a third. According to SITA, 77 per cent of airports and 71 per cent of airlines are planning major programmes or research and design into biometric ID management during the next five years. Over in Dubai, Emirates has launched a new ‘biometric path’ at Dubai International, while Delta Air Lines has introduced fingerprint entry at domestic Delta Sky Club lounge.
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