Our Top Eco-Friendly Tips
Now more than ever, it’s super important that we all try to do our part for the environment, no matter how big or small!
At Meadow Lakes, we feel very lucky that our holiday park is in an area of natural beauty, and are passionate about protecting and learning about our surroundings, so future generations can enjoy it as much as we do. There are so many easy ways to help care for the environment, even when you’re enjoying a family holiday, and it’s a great opportunity to teach the kids more about how they can help the Earth too!
Check out our handful of suggestions below for some inspiration on how to make your holiday more eco-friendly…
What Does Eco-Friendly Actually Mean?
You most likely would have heard this phrase before, and maybe some other variations like “environmentally friendly”, or something being “green”. To put it simply, the phrase eco-friendly is used to describe anything that is beneficial to the environment and most importantly, is not harmful to it.
Invest in a Reusable Water Bottle
This one’s a no-brainer, it’ll save you money by eliminating the need to buy single-use plastic bottles – great for the environment and a bonus for your bank balance too! We know that whilst the kids are running around making memories, keeping them hydrated can be a challenge. Give them their own water bottle too, something jazzy that they won’t want to leave behind, and show them just how easy it is to refill it.
We love these. Fancy, AND practical!
Say No to Plastic
Meadow Lakes have lots of recycling bins dotted around the park, making it easy for you to do your part whilst on holiday with us. During your stay, why not bring a shopping bag with you for your souvenirs, or invest in some metal straws to have with you on the go. With the unpredictable British weather, it’s always important to keep the kids protected from UV rays, so sun cream is a holiday essential. If you’re planning to take a dip or seeing some sea life, try researching and picking up a Marine Friendly Sun Cream as an alternative for your go-to sun cream, and enjoy the environmental benefits! There are lots of great options available, just make sure they have the trusted protect land + sea certification stamp of approval!
Explore Nature Together
Being in Cornwall, Meadow Lakes is in one of the UK’s most spectacular locations, officially recognised as ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and protected wildlife habitats. Spending time with your family in such beautiful surroundings is a great way to get closer to nature and build an appreciation for the importance of protecting the environment in all it’s glory. When thinking about outdoor activities, get out your binoculars and see how many species of wildlife or birds you can spot. Wildlife hunts and bird watching is a totally affordable, fun and easy eco-friendly activity to do together, and you certainly don’t need to be an expert to enjoy it. Grab yourself a guide and you can learn along as a family, or make one yourself!
Plan a ‘Green Day Out’
Staying at Meadow Lakes, you’re in a great location to enjoy some eco-friendly activities! We can’t just choose one, so we’re going to highlight a couple of options if you fancy a great, green day out. Take a visit to the Eden Project, a must-do for younger and older kids alike. Nestled inside a huge crater, the Eden Project is made up of “biomes” which recreate some of the planet’s most dramatic environments. With so much to see, do, and smell, this place is the perfect mix of interactivity and educational – illustrating how our ecosystems are being impacted by climate change. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are also a wonderful way to truly appreciate the beauty of nature. Filled with plants from all over the globe, you’ll feel as though you’ve walked into another world – a real treat for the senses. Just make sure you pre-book!
Ditch the Car
Another fantastic way to reduce your carbon footprint, is to minimise your driving where and when you can – and find alternative ways to discover Cornwall. Cycle trails give you the chance to explore at your own pace with the family, exercise, and be eco-friendly all at the same time. With so many of our local towns and seaside resorts offering local bike hire, it’s an easy way to do your part for the environment whilst on holiday in Cornwall.
If you’re not in the mood for cycling, walking and hiking trails are a brilliant environmentally friendly alternative, whilst giving you the time to explore the areas of natural beauty around you at your own pace. Or, if you’re seeking a truly memorable experience, horse-riding is a wonderful and unique way to explore. Local riding centres offer guided rides along trails designed to show you the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Horse-riding is also a great opportunity for the kids to bond with the animals and (hopefully!) get them more interested in exploring nature. Don’t worry if you’ve not been horse riding before, different levels of experience are catered for so the whole family can enjoy it safely!
Get in touch with us today for more information & suggestions, we’d love to chat with you and help make your holiday a memorable one!