There are 24.6 million cars in Canada, which means a lot of carbon emissions — but also a lot of opportunities for us to make smarter choices while on the road.


Renting a car? Natural Resources Canada’s website lists the fuel efficiency of different models. Keep the air conditioner on low, maintain tires at the ideal pressure and use cruise control, all of which will improve fuel consumption. You can also cancel your carbon footprint by using websites like Terrapass, which calculates emissions and allows you to buy offsets.


It’s tempting to pack half your closet for your vacay, but remember: “The heavier the car the more fuel it uses, and that means more carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere,” says Candice Batista, founder of the website The Ecohub. She suggests opting for dual-purpose products, such as a cashmere scarf that can double as a blanket or a lip stain that can also be used on your cheeks.


Part of the fun of pulling a Thelma & Louise (sans murder, of course) is stopping at greasy spoons along the way. But you can reduce your environmental impact if you prepack snacks and reusable utensils, containers and water bottles. Give this task — along with $20 — to your most organized friend and prepare to reap all the benefits.

This article first appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of ELLE Canada.