Sustainable Travel and Tourism

The UN’s World Tourism Organization defines sustainable tourism as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts.” The idea behind it is to ensure that future generations can visit and enjoy a given destination. It includes supporting local economies, social development, and environmental conservation. It can involve such practices as hiring people from the local area, recycling waste, and/or selling locally produced products at gift shops and restaurants.

Ecotourism is a related but narrower concept that stresses biodiversity and environmental protection. The ecotourist also wants to learn about plants, animals, and indigenous cultures as well as protect them.


One book on sustainability snarkily advised, “Stay on your own continent.” Unfortunately, there’s a large element of truth to that. The farther you travel, the more energy you will use. As environmentally friendly as biking and walking are, you can only use such methods to travel relatively short distances.

A staycation can be a very environmentally friendly option, especially if you live in a big city like New York that has a good public transportation system. Not only are there probably attractions you haven’t seen, but you likely know where they are and the best way to get to them. Your main challenge will be to sort through the possible attractions to pick the ones with the best environmental practices.

What if you need to go on a business trip, or you have your heart set on going to Hawaii? Unfortunately, traveling overseas is, so far, not environmentally friendly. As of 2015, airplanes are the world’s fastest-growing source of carbon dioxide emissions. A round-trip flight between Los Angeles and New York produces about two tons of carbon dioxide per passenger. Someone driving a Prius would have to drive 10,500 miles – or the equivalent of two round trips between Los Angeles and New York – to produce that much carbon dioxide.

Cruise ships are also problematic; a big one can use as much as 250 tons of gasoline every day. They can also produce about 80,000 liters of sewage every day – and the less responsible lines have been known to dump their sewage in the ocean. A Japanese company called Peace Boat has been working on a more sustainable cruise ship called the EcoShip that will be at least partly powered by solar and wind power. It will need 50 percent less electricity and emit 30 percent less carbon than conventional ships. It is scheduled to take its maiden voyage sometime in 2020.

Overland transportation options include cars, buses, and trains. The best choice depends on the distance traveled and the number of passengers. City-to-city buses like Greyhound, for example, can be a surprisingly good choice. While the bus itself may get a pitiful six miles to the gallon, it can carry upwards of 50 people, and city-to-city buses are typically at least 70 percent full. Trains can get as much as 56 mpg and are therefore another good choice. The main problems with driving a car are that people tend to drive alone, and they don’t always choose cars that get good gas mileage. Driving a car can be a good choice if the car is a fuel-efficient hybrid and you’re traveling with other people.

Tour Companies

Traveling with a tour company has advantages. They make all of the hotel and transportation arrangements; you just have to meet them at the appointed time. Some are ecotourism companies that stress sustainability. Such companies follow practices like hiring locals as guides, reducing waste, and conserving water and energy.

Intrepid Travel, which was established in the late 1980s, might be the grandfather of the eco-tour companies. It is also one of the largest and offers itineraries in over 120 countries. Like many such companies, it emphasizes “small group” expeditions. Not only does this provide travelers with a more personalized experience, it also reduces the amount of resources used during the tour. Small groups also enjoy easier access to smaller restaurants and sites, and they have an easier time interacting with locals. By contrast, a big group of 40 or 50 people is limited to places that can accommodate their numbers.

Some companies focus on specific places. Rainforest Expeditions takes people on tours of the Amazon rainforest in Peru, and it works with locals to protect native species. Undiscovered Mountains concentrates on the French Alps. They make a point of hiring locals as guides and instructors. Similarly, they work with independent hotels who support the local economy by buying food and other goods from local suppliers.


Green hotels will often be certified as such. They may have earned LEED, Green Leaf, and/or Green Seal. Such hotels will have often used recycled materials in their construction. They will also conserve energy and water and have recycling programs.

The organization Green Globe certifies companies that run sustainable accommodations. Its website includes a directory of its members that are organized by region and country. Clicking on a specific hotel, lodge or resort will take you to a page filled with information about that particular accommodation – including how it earned its certification. A hotel in Madagascar, for example, is the world’s first hotel to run solely on solar power.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 17, 2018 at 9:14 am

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Bright Future – The Rise of Rooftop Energy Storage

There is a growing demand for renewable energy sources as results of global warming become more evident year on year. While you may struggle to fit a wind farm or tidal hydroelectrical system on your property – rooftop solar energy is available, affordable and on the rise.

The global community is taking steps to ramp up renewable energy programmes and solar energy is one of the most widely discussed due to its simple implementation. The ready availability and frequent technological advances make it one of the most viable options.

Solar panels on your rooftop, absorb solar energy which is then sent through the rest of the components to be sorted in the battery. This energy can then be used directly by your appliances or can go straight back onto the grid to be used by others. You are able to measure and display your solar system’s performance and status, meaning you will always be aware of how much energy you are creating, and get to know really how well solar energy is benefitting you.

With the positives for solar power becoming stronger every day; with environmental benefits, money saving, low maintenance and even monitoring and controlling your solar panels through an app – the benefits of solar power are becoming undeniable.

Learn more about the rise of rooftop energy storage from Roof Stores below.

Bright Future – The Rise of Rooftop Energy Storage

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 17, 2018 at 9:05 am

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Top 5 UK Urban Areas Fighting Climate Change

Our climate is transforming due to natural processes and industrial impacts created by man. Heatwaves, droughts, cold snaps, and floods are four of the major environmental risks the United Kingdom is facing due to an increase in extreme weather patterns. The risks of these environmental changes can have grave effects on our habitat and make life difficult for humans, animals, and plants.

Pollution in urban areas create “heat-islands”, and the air within and around these islands  is of poor quality. CO2 emissions from the transport sector and personal transportation spark local climate degeneration. Among many changes, global climate degeneration leads to sea level rise, reduced river flow, water shortages, and groundwater pollution.

Therefore, the UK is taking measures to curb risks and to be prepared for the increase of natural hazards. The entire United Kingdom is bound to the Paris Climate Agreement and is dedicated to become energy independent by 2050. Energy independence means restraining the usage of carbon fuel and becoming dependent on renewable energy sources.

The five major urban areas London, Manchester, West Yorkshire, West Midlands, and Glasgow, are determined to carry out several measures that enable them to adapt to the changing environment. These include expanding flood defenses, improving spatial planning, and installing green space covers.

What’s more, each of the five major urban areas will decrease the emission of greenhouse gases by promoting 0% CO2 emissions transportation. Cities will reduce their overall energy consumption through smarter energy use, implement street lighting, and curb internal waste. Moreover, they express the need for waste prevention and the implementation of the method of reduce, reuse, and recycle.

This is why GreenMatch has made an infographic in which the natural threats for the five urban areas are discussed, together with what preventative measures can be taken.

5 UK Urban Areas Fighting Climate Change

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 14, 2018 at 7:25 am

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CO2 Polluters

Until recently, global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels had levelled off, but estimates from the Global Carbon Project (GCP) suggest that this is all going to change, with global emissions set to grow by around 2%. In a new report, researchers from the University of East Anglia and the Global Carbon Project (GCP) say CO2 emissions are projected to rise by 2% to reach 41 billion tonnes by the end of 2017. The increase is largely down to growth in coal-fired electricity generation, and oil and gas consumption in China.

However looking at a country’s total carbon emissions alone, doesn’t always tell the full story of the country’s contribution to global warming.

This interactive graphic by Eco2 Greetings shows us the the top 10 countries who emit the most carbon emissions per capita and which countries overall emit the most CO2. Take a look here…

World's Biggest Co2 Polluters

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 14, 2018 at 7:12 am

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Five Ways to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

In this day and age, people are searching for ways that help them become more energy efficient. With the growing awareness of our impact on environment as well as increasing energy costs, it’s easy to see why. Energy efficient homes save energy, lower unnecessary energy consumptions, prevent greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the demand for non-renewable resources.

You might think that energy efficiency is only for the elite but we’ve come up with a list of 5 simple solutions – 3 of which you can use even if you don’t own your property. With the latest tech to help you conserve energy, anyone can take steps to reduce their energy load. Our guide provides you with a set of precise instructions to enable you to develop an energy efficient home. It also offers step-by-step DIY instructions for every house owner who wishes to create a more efficient home. With this information, you will improve your quality of life, increase the value of your home if you’re a home owner and become more aware of your energy efficiency options.

#01. Invest in Proper Insulation and Draught Proofing

Whether you want to manage condensation, prevent heat loss during winter, or ventilate your home, appropriate insulation systems and draught-proofing will do the trick. Improper insulation leads to a lot of heat loss, a situation that could be costing you as you spend more on replacing the heat that has been lost, and is also detrimental to the environment.

#02. Do Not Overuse Appliances

Even after installing energy efficient appliances, you do not want to overuse them. Use your heater fewer times during the winter months, unless you absolutely have to. Keep your thermostats at a comfortable setting rather than changing them up all the time and turn particular things off when they are not in use.

#03. Purchase Energy Efficient Appliances

When shopping for new appliances to help make your home more energy efficient, look for devices that have the HE logo.  High energy-star certified appliances use low power, and while they may cost extra in the beginning, they are an incredible investment for you than the conventional devices. For example, an energy star certified hepa air purifier consumes around 40% less energy than a standard air purifier, this equates to a saving of around $30 per year (and saves 225 kWh/year!)

Energy Home

#04. Make Smart Landscaping Decisions

With proper plant landscaping outside your home, you will be able to protect your home from the intense sun during summer days and chilly winds during the winter season. Trees and their leaves will safeguard your house from the sun’s rays during hotter days and make it cool to live inside comfortably. If you are a high energy efficient appliance user and you make use of sound insulation, the effect will be much smaller as your home is already blocking all the heat.

#05.Invest in Reliable Solar Panel Systems

If you can afford it, solar panels can serve as a significant investment. You can place them on your rooftop, and they will help cut down on your electricity costs because solar panels will help you produce your electricity. It is something to consider, especially when you think about the fact that they are becoming increasingly more affordable. Solar-panels might not be for everyone, but as we head-on to the green movement, you will begin to see more people opting to have solar panels installed in their homes.

Energy is the driving force behind all living creatures and human-made systems, and in today's fast-paced world, people take it for granted, misuse it or waste it. With a shift on the horizon, recent environmental issues coupled with the ever-growing energy demands of modern life have resulted in more and more people applying energy-efficient solutions to their homes. Most of us tend to believe that energy-efficiency is difficult and expensive. However, with these few simple, practical steps you can make a real difference.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 7, 2018 at 8:36 am

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Food Waste Around the World: What’s Being Done

Food waste is a big issue around the world. In fact, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted each year — equating to a value of $750 billion dollars.

The Food Sustainability Index recently discovered the extent of this global food waste, finding that many countries around the world are wasting food each year due to spoilage, stockpiling, and a lack of being resourceful.

Magnet, the UK’s leading kitchen specialists, have discovered the innovators and organisations around the world that are tackling the food waste issue head on by helping to make our consumption of food smarter and more sustainable.

Some of these efforts include the French government’s decision to prohibit supermarkets from throwing away unused food, a rescued food supermarket in Sydney with a ‘take what you need, give what you can’ policy, and the development of a ‘smart’ food card in Greece that helps consumers track their shopping habits and keep an eye on what they have in their fridge.

Check out the infographic below and see what’s being done around the world to tackle food waste.

Global Food Waste

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 7, 2018 at 8:24 am

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5 Tips to Make Your Relocation Eco-Friendly

Moving away from your home is a difficult and stressful event, regardless of the reason behind the move. Apart from this, it causes a lot of air pollution (due to transportation), waste (due to an improper choice of packing supplies) and even debris. In other words, it can become a true ecological disaster, which is a proper nightmare for anyone who is green-minded. Fortunately, avoiding this problem may not be as difficult as it seems since there are a number of ways to make your relocation eco-friendly. With this in mind, here are five tips to help you do so.

Reusable moving supplies

When it comes to the move, you will need many boxes and bags, yet the choice of going with cardboard, plastic, paper or even wood is all yours. A lot of people underestimate the importance of sturdy wooden crates, and your ability to reuse them is quite a boon. According to one survey, about 11 percent of all Australians have moved five times or more in the past 15 years. That being said, it is quite clear that investing in reusable moving supplies is not a wasted investment.

Sell or donate

Apart from being the conscientious thing to do, tidying up the place you’re leaving behind is a great way to declutter the inventory you are about to relocate. Here, you will see just how many unnecessary items you’ve hoarded in the previous years or months, which is also a great opportunity to get rid of some of it. First of all, you might want to look for the items you might sell and offer them on eBay or even throw a garage sale. If there are some items you don’t believe will yield a great ROI, you might want to look for a cause to donate to and, therefore, at least do a good deed. Before you do so, however, it might be worth your while to research where you can donate the things you own.


As for the items you can’t sell or donate, you need to dispose of them for good. Still, you need to find the eco-friendliest way to do so. Nonetheless, this can take a lot of work, seeing as how recycling different materials means making a thorough selection of all the items that need to go. Both the research of proper ways to recycle each material and the effort to actually do so are a matter that takes a lot of effort. If you have a backyard, you might even want to try composting, in order to give at least some of it back to mother earth.

Don’t take absolutely everything

Next, when it comes to the transportation of the items from your former home to the next one, you will find that the most cost-effective and the greenest way to make the move is to prioritize. The reason behind this is quite simple. Let’s say for a minute that you’re moving from Sydney to Brisbane and are, therefore, looking for Ute hire Brisbane options. The number of trucks that you will have to hire, even the size of the truck you’re hiring, depends on the number of items you are carrying to your target location. In other words, the less you decide to bring, the lower the carbon footprint of your move and the less costly the move itself will be.

Eco-friendly farewell party

Finally, a lot of people like to throw a farewell party before they move. Needless to say, this party should also be eco-friendly. When it comes to invites, make sure they are in verbal or digital form, seeing as how this will help you cut down on paper. Next, hire a recycling unit that will make it easy for you to dispose of any party leftovers later on. Finally, make sure to explore eco-friendly and biodegradable dishware and serving ware for your party. Bowls, compartment trays, cups and cones can all be eco-friendly if you invest enough effort. Luckily, in the age of the internet, this is not nearly as difficult as it once was.

At the end of the day, if there’s one thing you need to keep in mind, it is that eco-friendly relocating doesn’t take a lot of money, it takes a lot of time. Because of this, you need to start planning your relocation on time. This will give you enough space to sell, research your donating options and properly dispose of all the items you can’t carry with you. Apart from this, it will ensure that you have enough time to plan everything to the letter and in this way, ensure that it’s all going according to plan.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 7, 2018 at 8:15 am

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Beautiful Clothing With a Serious Conservation Message

The fashion industry isn't known for its conservation-mindedness. In fact it's better known for its profligacy, the toxicity of its manufacturing methods and vast amounts of polluting waste. On the bright side the Fashion for Conservation organisation is dedicated to making a wholly positive impact on our world via conservation-inspired couture. And their latest venture will prove positive for rainforest conservation.

The organisation's three founders Nazanine Afshar, Dr. Samantha Zwicker and Ava Holmes have showcased  another couple of magical collections of haute couture designed to educate people about animals and the ecosystems they depend on, at the same time donating funds to relevant wildlife groups.

Zero waste haute couture rich in upcycled and unwanted materials

London Fashion Week saw the collections, both inspired by the Amazonian rainforest, on display.  Each collection is completely ‘zero waste' and includes end-of-roll textiles from interior designers as well as upcycled cloth from donated clothes.

Rainforest Runway

The Kent-based designer Kalikas Armour kicked off the catwalk show, aptly named the ‘Rainforest Runway', with a collection of masterpieces inspired by the indigenous tribes whose rainforest homelands are steadily being destroyed. His work uses ethically made fabrics from Europe and consists of a series of shimmering black and gold one-offs, lush evening wear including shimmering dresses, elegant opera coats and sequinned suits.

Magpies & Peacocks

The Houston-based designer René Garza is the creator of the second collection, made for the Magpies & Peacocks non-profit design house. Offcuts of fabric, bolt-ends, unwanted tablecloths and clothing was used to make a series of wonderful draped dresses of various lengths.

The money made from selling drinks and raffle tickets at the Fashion for Conservation show goes to help fund Hoja Nueva (link to, a respected Peruvian non-profit organisation dedicated to education, conservation, research and sustainable human development.

Against a continuing backdrop of waste and pollution, it's great to see one tiny corner of the world's second most wasteful and polluting industries starting to take rainforest conservation seriously.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 6, 2018 at 8:09 am

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Preparing For Climate Change

Did you know four out of five of the top global risks in the next 10 years are related to climate change? For decades, the world has been told that the climate is changing—that the build-up of fossil fuel-driven greenhouse gas emissions would irrevocably change the Earth's systems – and now it's happening. The atmosphere and oceans are warming, the amount of snow and ice are diminishing, sea levels are rising, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases are increasing. This means it more important than ever that communities and ecosystems become more resilient to the extreme impacts that could occur.

The University of Notre Dame’s ND-GAIN Index measures countries according to two variables – vulnerability to the effects of climate change and readiness to adapt by analysing factors like healthcare, food supply, and government stability in order to help countries counter the risk of a changing climate. But which country is most prepared? The infographic below reveals which countries are most prepared to withstand the effects of climate change and how some of the biggest movers have ranked in climate change adaptation since the year 2000.

Here is a link to the full interactive graphic

Preparing for Climate Change

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 3, 2018 at 8:53 am

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How to Design an Eco-Friendly Apartment

Your home should be a safe place where you can relax and unwind, feeling absolutely protected from the outside world. But, how safe are our apartments, really? The truth is, an average apartment contains hundreds of pollutants and toxic chemicals that are harmful both to humans and the environment. Additionally, there are various items that do tremendous harm to nature during their production and transport process. So, if you want to live in a greener and healthier environment, here’s what you can do.

Choose eco-friendly materials

Eco-Friendly Apartment

Sure, hardwood is beautiful, but it also carries a variety of environmental issues with it. Wood harvesting is getting out of hand, and a lot of chemicals are being used in wood coating and sealing processes. On the other hand, materials like bamboo, cork, glass and concrete are much more sustainable and eco-friendly, and they look quite stylish.

Opt for natural textiles

Eco-Friendly Apartment

Textiles we put in our home can be quite harmful—they can be hazardous to our health and air quality. For instance, a new area rug made of artificial materials can off-gas for weeks and release chemicals into your indoor air (you might recognize that familiar new-things smell in your home). The best thing you can do is invest in items that are made of organic, natural materials. Textiles that are dyed with natural dyes and have no extra finish are probably the greenest option.

Avoid VOCs

Your carpet isn’t the only thing that off-gases. Most wall paints can also release gasses that are harmful for both people and the environment. Traditional paints contain VOCs that can cause nausea, headaches, respiratory problems and severe irritation. Luckily, today, there are low- or zero-VOC paints that are much greener and healthier.

Reduce energy waste

A very cheap, fast and eco-friendly way to stop energy waste caused by drafts is to improve your window treatments. Some studies show that having neutrally-colored drapes with white plastic backing can save more than 30% cooling and heating losses. These window treatments will block cold draft and keep hot air from escaping during winter. On the other hand, they will shade your interior from sun and keep your home cool in the summer. This will both save you money and reduce energy consumption (and make your home look stylish). You can also invest in Energy Star appliances, replace traditional bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs and maybe even check out some smart thermostats. All of these items will allow you to save energy, money and the planet.

Conserve water

Eco-Friendly Apartment

Every year, the supply of fresh water is decreasing due to droughts and water pollution, so water conservation is more important than ever before. However, we still waste almost 50% of all water in the household! For instance, one of the most common and easy to handle plumbing issues in Australia is leaky taps and toilets. These leaks can add up to around 10,000 gallons of wasted water a year, yet many people choose to ignore them! So don’t be irresponsible and make sure to find someone as experienced as a good plumber from Melbourne who will stop all the leaks and prevent this tremendous water waste. Another thing you can do is invest in aerators that regulate water pressure and buy low-flow showerhead and toilet. There are also Energy Star washing machines and dishwashers that save both electricity and water. They have an amazing modern design and will be a great addition to any green apartment.

Decorate with plants

Eco-Friendly Apartment

Many studies show the beneficial effect of indoor plants. They make people feel happier, less stressed, more focused and motivated. But, probably the biggest advantage of keeping greenery indoors is its ability to filter the air. Some plants have an amazing power to filter out toxins, absorb chemicals, soak up heavy metals and replenish the air with oxygen. So, don’t hesitate to add plants to your home and make it truly green and healthy. Some indoor plants, like herbs, can also double as food—a win-win situation! Additionally, plants are highly decorative. For instance, green walls or vertical gardens can act as an amazing design statement.

These are just some of the easiest and most effective ways to green up your apartment and create an eco-friendly environment for you and your family. Plus, you’ll help our Mother Earth and ensure a green and healthy future for your kids, grand-kids and all other generations who are yet to step on this beautiful planet.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 3, 2018 at 7:34 am

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