Every year we put together our favorite gifts for travelers, adventurers, health nuts and fitness buffs–things we and our readers will love and use–and all 50 gifts are under $50! Bookmark this guide to make your holiday shopping easy as pie.
No matter what your feelings are on tiny home living, I think we can all agree that living with less meaningless crap and more of what makes us happy is a pretty good life goal, right? There are several principles to tiny living that we encourage, all of which can be used no matter how big your home is or how much you travel, to free up your space, mind and wallet for the things that truly matter to you.
All I remember learning in school about waste was to look for the little arrow triangle to know if something is recyclable and to cut up the plastic rings soda cans came in so dolphins didn’t get them caught on their noses. We didn’t see what washes up on beaches after storms, we didn’t see what gets caught in grasses and other plants, and we didn’t see what people toss astray out of pure laziness and apathy. There was no stress on the true monumental scale of the waste problem, but based on our regular walks on a 2-mile stretch of beach on the relatively remote Hatteras Island 20 years later, it should have been a critical piece of our curriculum.
The LifeStraw water filter provided by Eartheasy is a sustainable solution for travelers, hikers, and nearly everyone without access to safe drinking water. But does it live up to the hype?
During the holiday season, it’s more important than ever to be conscious of where we shop and what we buy. That’s why every year we put together a list of our favorite things that match our mission of health and sustainability for people and the world we explore. This year we’ve curated 40+ products we love that are good for you, good for the planet and good for communities in need.
In September alone, 12,000 refugees applied for asylum in Berlin–more than the number of applicants from 2011, 2012 and 2013 combined. The city cannot keep up. For that reason, citizens like Murat Adash have stepped in to help their new neighbors by organizing a flea market along with five colleagues and other friends to benefit refugee relief organizations in the city.
When Kari Gran approached Travel Well to test its cleansing oil, hydrating tonic and essential serum travel set, its eco-friendly packaging and organic ingredients persuaded me to give it a go. Find out why I loved it.
In both travel and our daily lives, we have the power to minimize our environmental footprints by looking for LEED-certified buildings. From sustainable site development to indoor environmental quality, LEED focuses on building practices that support areas of human and environmental health. With buildings in more than 150 countries and territories and six continents, LEED options are accessible to travelers and non travelers around the world.
Up to 2.8 billion people around the world are affected by water scarcity for one month every year–a huge problem with a simple solution: waste less water. This infographic from shows us 22 easy ways to reduce wasted water and divert used gray water to second and third purposes, saving more than 100,000 gallons of water per person per year from going to waste.
See the power of coconut oil as a green nontoxic home and garden must-have in this infographic from CustomMade and Ghergich & Co.
Converting bio waste like sewage and expired food into fuel is a dirty job producing powerful clean results: renewable energy, potable water, reduced landfill waste and more.
This post is a contribution from Project AWARE Foundation written by Hannah Pragnell-Raasch, Program Specialist. Project AWARE mobilizes scuba divers to protect the ocean planet one dive at a time. Its Dive Against Debris Specialty Course educates divers on how to remove and log marine debris to prevent its detrimental effects on marine life and advocate for policy and prevention around the world. Hannah takes us through her experience in the course.
The problem of marine trash is monumental and only getting bigger with an estimated 250 million metric tons of plastic alone expected to reach the oceans by 2025. That’s why it’s critical to stop marine debris at one of its primary sources: litter. See this infographic from Project AWARE on what happens when we let stray trash get carried away.
Being mindful of the cultures and environments we travel to not only benefits the destinations we visit but also enriches our personal experiences and health, and taking small steps toward more sustainable travel can add up to make a big difference. For a great place to get started, check out this infographic from dealchecker.co.uk with 22 easy-to-implement travel practices as you prepare for your next adventure.
A huge portion of litter on land travels tens, hundreds or even thousands of miles by waterways, ultimately ending up in the ocean–an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic litter, to be exact. The problem of plastic pollution in our oceans is spiraling out of control, literally, as it collects in the five major ocean gyres and delicate marine ecosystems. To shine a spotlight on a problem we can’t see from shore, Custom Made and Ghergich & Co. have created this insightful infographic exploring the dire issue of plastic buildup in the world’s oceans.
It’s important to know what dangers can occur when you hike with your dog, even if some are unlikely. Having a plan for those unexpected events can be a lifesaver for you and your pet, so we’ve put together a list to help you plan your hikes so you can continue to do so problem-free for years to come.
Thanks to some amazing responsible companies and advanced technology, eco-friendly gear can now also be stylish, functional, affordable and durable, so there’s really no reason not to make purchases in a more environmentally-conscious way. Check out our ultimate list for a good place to start.
Produce stickers, an unusable plastic sandwich bag, an ink cartridge wrapper, vitamin safety seals. These items and other non-recyclable and not-yet-reused items fill a single mason jar in Lauren Singer’s Brooklyn home. This is all the trash she has produced in two years.
For Jenni and Aaron from Witness Humanity, travel is a constant: It’s a life lived as a part of the global community. As believers in responsible travel, community, living in a present and purposeful way, and education free of the confines of a classroom, the writer and educator duo are forging a unique and mindful path through the world that embodies Travel Well’s mission.