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 …
It’s so easy to get carried away with the business of life. When you’re not at work or rushing from one appointment to another, you may be ferrying the kids to and from school, then after school activities, and maybe have a gym (or wine) session somewhere in between. It’s often hard to find time for yourself or your home. Simple living is something you’ve heard of the fairy tale lives of others. If that all sounds very familiar to you, it’s time to take stock, slow down and simplify your life. Of course, it’s not always easy to change down a few gears on command. When you’re living life at a billion miles an hour the very idea of leading a more simple life – while tempting – just seems so unattainable. Here we share a few pointers to help you on your way to a more relaxed pace of living.
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.
Looking for mountain retreat far from the madding crowd? Then maybe this 150 square-foot cabin in Bergen, Norway will appeal. Located on a steep mountainside on the outskirts of Bergen with a commanding view of the valley below, Tubakuba, or Tuba Cube, is Norway’s only off-grid hotel room.
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.
Built from recycled shipping containers and painted every color under the sun, WineBox Valparaiso is one of the world’s most unique hotels, so unique that it’s owner, Grant Phelps, had no-one to turn to for help but himself.
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.
Since the devastating bush fires of Black Saturday, Marysville has well and truly risen from the ashes. Determined residents have rebuilt the town and it’s now bigger and better than ever. Tourism is once again booming and the environment is flourishing. We explored the town and surrounds on a weekend out of Melbourne.
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?
With 1,073 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it’s hard to choose which to visit. Luckily, Tripadvisor has made it easier by choosing the Top Ten World Heritage Sites.