It’s that time of year again, when you run around like a headless chicken wondering if you’re going to get everything sorted in time. You ask yourself, “Why am I not more organised this year?” and make a solemn promise to be more prepared next year. Yep, we’ve all been there. Every year. For you, my punctually challenged friend, we have a fabulous list of last-minute eco friendly gifts you’ll be able to purchase just in time for Christmas. Reusable water bottle A whopping 500 billion plastic drinking bottles were sold across the world in 2017. That’s 1 million bottles bought every minute; 20,000 per second. The vast majority (79%) of these bottles end up in landfill and our oceans. Those horrifying statistics could be much better by each of us changing just one thing — making a move to using refillable water bottles. There are so many beautiful designs available on the market that there’s really no excuse to have to buy single-use water bottles ever again. The only decision you need to make …
While we’re waiting for the world to open following a horrendous year for travel, let’s keep dreaming and planning. Here Anna Timbrook from Expert World Travel shares her insider knowledge of sustainable travel in Switzerland.
Our Earth is the only home we have ever known. It is the only home we will ever know. For far too long, it was all too easy to take this good Earth for granted. Nowadays, however, it seems that the issue of climate change is on everyone’s lips. It saturates old and new media. But when we speak of climate change, the first things that spring to most people’s minds are melting glaciers, raging wildfires, and emaciated polar bears desperately scavenging for food. What is little recognized in all the rightful furore over climate change is the profound public health threat that climate change poses. And, as usual, it is the world’s poorest and most vulnerable who are affected first and who are affected worst.
Now, more than ever, tourists are aware of the impact of their travels, both ecologically and culturally. There is a growing desire to go green, and people are slowly but surely making a conscious effort to consider ethical and environmentally-friendly aspects when planning their trips, both at home and abroad.
It’s easy to do when you’re clothes shopping. You see the ideal outfit, you know it would suit you perfectly, and – bonus – it’s cheap as chips. But when you stop to think for a moment you realise if it’s ridiculously cheap for you to buy, the person making the garment must be getting paid peanuts. The excitement of the buy wears off when you put some thought into the ethics behind the clothes. We now know that fast fashion is one of the most destructive industries on earth, filling our landfills with masses of garments born of unethical working conditions. Here are some quick facts: Nearly 70 million barrels of oil are needed to make polyester fibre, a main component of fast fashion Polyester takes around 200 years to decompose Globally we are consuming 80 billion pieces of clothes a year, an increase of 400% compared to 20 years ago 20,000 litres of water are needed to make 1kg of cotton, equal to about a tshirt and jeans. Thankfully, as our knowledge of …
Designed by a Brazilian firm mf+ arquitetos, Casa Spain is a stunning forest retreat that blends natural environmental design with a modern aesthetic to create a spacious family holiday home. Located in Calas de Guisando, near Madrid, the brief for this 1,980sqm house was to be open, light, organic and welcoming. The owners wanted it to blend in with the natural habitat as subtly as possible. Surrounded by tall pines and greenery, Casa Spain is secluded with a peaceful ambience – perfect for families looking to leave the hustle and bustle of the urban life behind.
If you’ve come here looking for Eco Traveller Guide, don’t worry, you’re in the right place. We’ve just had a change of name. Read on to find out why. When I started Eco Traveller way back in 2011, I was certain what direction the blog would take. There would be destination guides, gear guides, and maybe a print magazine at some point. I had so many plans. I’d been writing about eco travel for other websites for years before I started Eco Traveller Guide. In fact, as of 2019, I’ve been writing about ecotourism for 12 years. Can’t believe it’s been that long. And I still love writing about the subject and maintain the same passion I’ve always had. But I’ve been keen to change direction of the blog for a long time. I’ve just had to find the courage to do it. I tell ya, it’s not been an easy decision. Hells no.
Tasmania used to be the brunt of many jokes by their fellow mainlanders, but now it’s Tasmanians who are having the last laugh. This small island state lying off the tail end of Australia is turning out to be quite the getaway. And Hobart, the capital, is stealing the show.
Eco-conscious revellers are aware of the environmental impact of music festivals, as are many of the organisers, which is why we’re seeing a move towards more cleaner, greener events all around the globe. But with so many to choose from, which ones stand out from the crowd?
Running from now until the end of June, The Sustainable Living Series is a set of workshops designed to help Australians embrace a greener lifestyle. Held at The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, the events aim to inspire attendees to learn new skills for healthy living that won’t cost the earth.