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Gift Ideas for the eco-friendly traveler 2019

Living sustainably, respecting our earth and the nature surrounding us is a big part of our life. If you read any of the last reports about water pollution, endangered animals or climate change, you know that we need to adapt our lifestyle in order to preserve the planet we live on.

eco friendly travel gift guide for christmas

The festive season can be pretty overwhelming and sometimes we might forget or be too exhausted to end the year in the most eco-friendly way possible. To help you achieve your sustainable goals, we decided to share with you the best eco-friendly gifts. 

As we are travelers ourselves, we chose to make a list of all the best eco-friendly presents for all the travelers in your life.

Cozy Travel Jacket

Who does not need a nice warm jacket to discover the ski slopes in Switzerland, the fjords in Norway or the tops of the mountains in the Alps? The clothing industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, therefore, gifting clothing might seem not very eco-friendly. But here comes in the great company Patagonia! They developed a program to recycle old jackets and resell them at a reasonable price.

Check them out Wearworn Patagonia.

Plastic-Free Travel Safety Razor 

Being on the go doesn’t have to come at the expense of a proper shave. Personally, I prefer waxing my hairy body parts, but for all those friends of yours who prefer shaving, here is the eco-friendly and travel-friendly solution: the Plastic-Free Travel Safety Razor

Plastic-Free Food Containers

This one is my personal favorite and I hope someone is reading it out there and thinking it might be the perfect present for us. They are actually three gift ideas in one, but you might choose the one most adaptable to the person you have in mind.

We all need food and buying food and bringing food with us is part of our life. So should a plastic-free way of purchasing and transporting food. To do so, we need 3 essentials to avoid any single-use alternatives.

The first idea concerns grocery shopping, especially the purchase of fruits and vegetables. When we visited Turkey it was astonishing to see how many single-use plastic bags were used on the weekly fruit and vegetable markets. There we understood that it was the duty of the buyer to bring their own Cotton Mesh bags to avoid the plastic pollution caused on markets.

The second one is the Beewax food wrap. It is perfect because it adapts to whatever food you are carrying with you and once you consumed the food, it easily folds away and won’t need any extra carrying space until its next use. For the crafty ones in you, there are many DYI instructions out there to make some yourselves. For all the other ones more clumsy like me, here is a lovely shop where you can find Beewax wraps and other plastic-free options.

For all those foods which are sensitive we have our third idea – the storage box. This one is also very useful if you want to bring your lunch to work or have a nice picnic in the woods. You can find them in different shapes and sizes, so feel free to choose the most appropriated one here.

Travel Mug

Besides transportation and clothing, plastic bottles and cups are the worst polluters during a journey. Help out a friend to reduce their carbon footprint while traveling by making this beautiful travel mug the perfect gift for them. By buying this travel mug, you even support the Honeybee Conservacy Organisation.

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How risky is Greta Thunberg’s sailing expedition on board of La Vagabond?

Greta Thunberg sails back to Europe on La Vagabond to be at the climate summit in Madrid – but shortly after leaving the boat heads for a heavy storm.

Photocredits: Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg has taken a taste for it. After crossing the Atlantic from Plymouth (UK) to New York on a latest-generation Imoca (with Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann) to attend the United Nations Climate Conference, the world’s most famous young ecologist climbs aboard another sailboat.

But this time, forget about semi-flying racing boats equipped with foils and ocean sailors. This time, to cross the Atlantic from west to east without polluting the earth, Greta chose a very different boat. It is the catamaran “La Vagabonde” (an Outremer 45) of the Australian Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, both famous for their Youtube channel “Sailing la Vagabonde” which has over one million followers.

The interesting sailing crew, supported by the experienced British skipper Nikki Henderson, met on the medium that made them all famous, the internet. After discovering that the World Climate Conference COP25 was moved from Chile to Madrid, Greta reaches out on Twitter to find a sailing passage over the Atlantic to avoid getting a flight (the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist refuses to fly due to the heavy carbon footprint of airplane travels). This call was answered by the two youtube vloggers who decided to throw overboard their plans and bring Greta back to Europe.

The trip will take about three weeks, if all goes as planned, which might allow Thunberg to arrive just in time for COP25, which starts December 2. Even with the time crunch, Thunberg did not want to take an airplane.

“I decided to sail to highlight the fact that you can’t live sustainably in today’s society,” Thunberg told The New York Times on Tuesday. “You have to go to the extreme.”

The motley crew left harbor four days ago with strong winds on the bow and not the most comfortable way ahead them. Crossing the ocean during its stormiest season bears many risks, and not everybody seems to see their choice as responsible, especially thinking about Elayna’s and Riley’s 11-month-old son, which is part of the expedition.

In the next few days, it will be extremely uncomfortable for the Vagabonde crew, as a low-pressure area is forming on the American East Coast which sucks cold air from the north and should reach up to nine wind speeds. The low-pressure area will charges it’s energy over the Gulf Stream, before it moves to the north at the weekend behind la Vagabonde so that the 16-meter catamaran might be spared the worst with a bit of luck.

Both Elayna and Greta have been seasick during their first day on the voyage, but both seem confident to have taken the right decision to face mother nature. If this risks are taken unnecessarily or not is difficult to say, but we wish all the best to the crew.

Fair winds La Vagabond

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