I still remember how to cook, thank god. Wild boar backstraps, seared in duck fat and oven finished. Rice with toasted almonds and sage. Kale by itself is a real basic white bitch so I added chard and nutmeg. #thisissustainable#fuckyourtraeger
Every time I visit a weaving cooperative I learn something new. Although I worked in fashion for a decade I had no idea until I visited @ockpoptok that the color indigo comes from a leaf! If you add limestone it will turn blue but if you ferment the leaves the dye will turn green. Indigo smells terrible but looks so beautiful when applied to natural fibers. The Tai Lue people of Laos tie white cotton around the indigo pot to stop the spirit from leaving while H’mong put a chili in the pot and Tai Lao put a knife on the pot. The cultural beliefs and practices vary widely in Laos.
From our last day in Vietnam. I hope you like it even though I didn’t insert myself into it! 😆 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On a serious note, when we left on this trip 13 months ago, I went almost all in on the travel side to EcoCult. And you know what? It didn’t work out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wrote up a ton of place guides, crafted long and detailed eco resort reviews, and shared pictures of me staring out at the view in beautiful places. I spread myself really thin trying to do and capture everything and be an amazing sustainable travel blogger. And... y’all didn’t care. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Maybe because there are so many other great travel bloggers out there. Maybe because that’s not why you started following me. Maybe because you could tell I was forcing it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That’s ok. For a long time I’ve known that one of my biggest weaknesses is that I have trouble focusing and narrowing down my interests. But now I see that I should really focus on what I’m good at: thoughtful and well-researched articles on sustainable and ethical fashion. Once I realized that, I was able to relax just a bit and achieve some work-travel balance. I worked hard on the fashion research to each place, and then enjoyed the touristy stuff without begging my husband to take pictures of me in every location. Well, except when I had a fun sustainable outfit to share! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So get ready for pretty much no travel stuff in 2019, and wayyy more eco fashion stuff. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I just had to share this final picture because I love it. #vietnam#hanoivietnam
Flew up to the arctic circle today from Oslo, and this is as far up as the sun got during sunrise before it starting peaking down again as we moved farther north. So surreal to think that we won’t see the sun for the next four days of our trip. Check out my stories for more from Norway. #visitnorway#flynorwegian#thisissustainable
Sak Yant: The heart of men/women. . . . Part of what makes a Sak Yant so special is how individualized each tattoo an experience is. From the tattoo itself to the blessing, your experience will be unique to you. . . . We're proud to take you on this journey. Your experience begins with a conversation between you and the Ajarn about your life. From there a decision is made in regards to the different kind of power/meaning behind it. Which is why we've ensured our Ajarn's adhere to the highest standards. What is your propose to receive a Sak Yant? . . . . For further information/inquires please send us an email. . . . 📍 Bangkok, Thailand #wsetravel#thisissustainable#sacredbangkok
Like I did for Rome, ending my stories about Florence by tagging everyone who made this trip so special in my photo. If you’re considering traveling to Firenze soon, or if you want to bookmark this for later, I hope you will also do your own research to see if these people & their small businesses can be a part of your travel to Italy. . As a self employed business woman, I have such a huge heart for supporting other small businesses and that’s why I was so grateful to visit Florence and Rome with Alison of @vivalifestylepr. She brought together the most wonderful group of locals in both cities and so many friendships were made or deepened as a result of this trip. . I want the same for you when you travel. Instagram has become such a double edged sword. It encourages a lifestyle of going to places merely to check off a list of shots you want to get that you’ve seen a hundred times before without learning anything about a local culture or contributing positively in any way to the future of a place. Though my engagement is suffering because I do not want to play that game — or any other, and I got my following a long time ago which also isn’t in my favor — I’m trying to continue to not play that game because I care about people. And people such as the ones I’ve tagged here will continue to be the heart and soul of what I do as long as I can help it. ♥️
TLC never said not to have lunch over a waterfall! Carpe Diem is located near the famous Kuang Si waterfalls which pour over into their property. They only work with local producers and give 5% of profits ASAS which supports marginalized people in Laos. I can’t think of a better way to seize the day!
#thatsawrap🎬 for @colorfactoryco ! . . This was a special occasion for us because it was the very first shoot 📸 of the year! I wanted to create something a bit different from previous projects and explore a nexus between art + sustainability. . . Art can be a great catalyst for change as it calls for attention/interest. When art is paired with causes such as sustainability, the environment, social impact...etc what it really does is create awareness for a cause in hopes of provoking an emotional response that could lead into action. So if you are an #artivist working on projects with a sustainable and social message, we want to hear from you! . . “The first thing you see upon entering is a poem by Queens writer Won McIntosh, who uses colors of the city—the green of ubiquitous sidewalk sheds, or the bright orange assigned to the F train—as inspiration.The Big Apple is one of the most colorful cities in the world: Its beautiful spectrum of diversity is reflected in all the city's sights, sounds, tastes, and smells.“ Source: @colorfactoryco . . . #colorfactory#diversity#artivism#artivismo#nyc#communitymade#wemakers#thisissustainable#openforbusiness#sdgart#climateaction#socialimpact#changemakers#urbanonsite socent #artivism#csr #newyorkcity #gogreen #socialgood #community #sustainable #socialimpact#photography#contentwriting @art2030 @unenvironment
It's no surprise that the world of produce involves a lot of waste, whether it's due to certain aesthetic standards or the use of packaging material. Today, we're shining a spotlight on two organizations that are aiming to revolutionize the grocery shopping process and combat waste industry-wide: @misfitsmarket and Brooklyn-based @precyclenyc.
My friends at @lokaltravels released a documentary, “2.5% - the Osa Peninsula” last year. It showcases the impact of community tourism in the Osa by following several locals like Xinia and Carlos, who have moved on from gold mining and hunting to expand the local economy through tourism. I went to the Osa with Lokal to meet these folks and experience this place from their perspective. I learned about everything from gold mining to sustainable farming. I found nothing but beauty, magic and open hearts. I highly recommend watching the film for a taste - link in bio. ✨ #thisissustainable#communitytourism#costarica#osapeninsula 📷 @eytan_e, @mariedantonio and me
Yesterday when we arrived after our 2-hour muddy trek to this swimming hole, we found a paleo-climatology researcher from California State U packing up to leave. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Are you going swimming?” she asked us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Yup!” I said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Could you scoop up whatever is at the bottom and email me a picture?” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “How about I just go in now and get some for you?” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I dove in and scooped some sand and brought it back to her. She was disappointed with what I brought her. She was hoping for limestone mud, because that washes off the mountain and forms sediment layers over the years. Then she could take a core sample and analyze it to see how the climate has changed in Central Vietnam. The north of Vietnam’s climate is getting much drier, she told me, but they’re not sure how this beautiful ecosystem is affected yet by climate change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was happy to help her work in whatever way I can, however small! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Wearing a matching recycled polyester yoga top and pants from @faire.shop. Recycled polyester has a much lower carbon footprint than virgin polyester, which is a plastic thread made from petroleum. If we had a carbon fee, then recycled polyester would be cheaper than virgin, but right now oil is so cheap, most companies are going to stick to using virgin polyester. So your fashion choices matter, but supporting a carbon fee and dividend matters more in the fight against climate change! (And that is how I connected a paleoclimatologist to my outfit choice. BOOM.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #sustainablefashion#phongnha#swimminghole#paleoclimatology#carbonfeeanddividend
New Year. New goals. - (#ad) I’ve taken the Nature Conservancy’s (@nature_org) Everyday Sustainability Guide to heat 💚 and given myself a challenge this year to reduce/eliminate plastic bottle use. 💦 - I’ve already made other sustainability adjustment like solar panels on my home, driving a hybrid and walking whenever possible to do my errands. Which I was doing the day this pic was taken when I walked to my doctors appointment and a coffee date. It just takes a little adjustment to make a new habit and this year it will be to reduce/eliminate plastic bottles. I’ve largely done that at home, but with travel it’s difficult. I’ve gotten sick all over the world (thanks Mexico, Colomia and Portugal). So I talked to Santa about it and he got me a SteriPen. It eliminates 99% of the bad bacteria and protoza and viruses from water. So I will be taking it on my upcoming trips to Colombia and Mexico and will NOT be a bottled water hog. - So what sorts of earth friendly goals have you made for the year? Get some ideas on my bio link. - - - - - - - #thisissustainable#reducereuserecycle#sustainableliving#noplastic#femaletravelbloggers#sheisnotlost#dametraveler#girlslovetravel#igglobalwomenclub#girlscreating#plasticfree#strideby#ig_street #challengerstreets#capturestreets#loves_street #street_perfection #iwalkedthisstreet#jj_streetshots #tv_streetlife #timeless_streets
Wat Phaphay was the first temple I visited in Luang Prabang and quickly became my favorite. I strolled in at dusk during the evening chant. A novice monk greeted me with a smile, handed me a book of the mantras, and showed me how to sit and hold my hands in the lotus prayer position. I was thrilled to return a few days later with @backstreetacademy to learn about Buddhism in Laos from a monk who led me through a meditation after our chat. I had such a fulfilling experience every time I visited this temple, it’ll always hold a special place in my heart.
On January 1st, #nyc said goodbye to single-use styrofoam. Foam products, including takeout containers, cups, packing peanuts, plates, bowls, and trays are now banned from possession, sale or use. Businesses have until June 30th of this year to get rid of any remaining foam or could face fines.
Lately I’ve been in an odd phase where I’m not quite sure exactly what I want-which is unusual for me. My schedule is open from end of March to end of September and part of me was so looking forward to traveling to new-to-me places like The Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. The other part is craving some stability, staying in one place, and making a community after meeting really great people lately. How do I decide? There’s so much world to see! To spend 6 months in one place instead of 4 feels like a mistake, but traveling full-time is becoming more tiring than fulfilling lately.
This old van has terrible mileage and smells like diesel. But we took a 24-hour train to get here. So I think on net it’s a win for the environment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you ever visit Vietnam, please do come to Phong Nha National Park. The caves here are astounding, and with the mist and mountains, it’s peacefully beautiful. We saw 0 other tourists during our trek...and no trash either. What a rarity! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See more in my stories! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #ecotravel#sustainabletravel#phongnha
If you're walking into 2019 like... "What can I do to make a difference in this world?", you're not alone. In my last post, I spoke about staying in motion around our goals and dreams. Especially as it relates to taking care of the planet 🌎. ... The lovely @americatru asked me to share some of my favorite, small but powerful tips for taking empowered action towards sustainable living. So here are 3 of my favs! ... 1. Walk, bike, or ride share. Take public transportation when possible and really evaluate if you need to drive that car. 2. Use less disposable items- cultery, bags, containers, etc. 3. Take shorter showers and/ or time your showers- water is such a precious resource! Use it sparingly. ... These are just a few tips from me. Want to know more? DM and let's start a convo. Drop a comment and share some of your tips!
About 30 kilometres from Bikaner, you'll find Deshnok. This village is home to the famous Karni Mata Temple which houses over 10k rats! Spot a white one? Well, 2019 is gonna be the year for you! Wanna visit? Come by Hara House and we'll take you along for a morning adventure followed by a yummy, hot chai! (No rats pictured - just two little mice🐭🐭)
“Put yourself in the way of beauty.” This quote from Cheryl Strayed rolled around in my head a lot last week in the Osa Peninsula with @lokaltravels. A short hike in the dark led to sunrise on Jan. 1, 2019. Soundtrack available in video if you scroll through ✨ #sunrise#osa#costarica#communitytourism#thisissustainable
One of my all time favorites song “Stairway to the heaven” Led Zeppelin. What’s yours?. . . . . Yangmingshan - Archaeological evidence shows that the Taipei basin was inhabited in prehistoric times. Between 10000 and 3000 B.C. on the seaward edge of the basin arose the Tapenkeng Culture, characterized by crude cord-marked pottery and advanced polished stone implements. People at that time lived by hunting, fishing and gathering, and also knew how to grow grain and certain fruits and vegetables for food After the Tapenkeng Culture, the area was home to the Yuanshan Culture and the Shihsanhang Culture. The Shihsanhang Culture, around the beginning of our era, was emerging from the stone age and is marked by the appearance of iron implements, glass beads, and pottery with geometrical designs. Prehistoric stone and pottery relics have been found in the Zhishanyan, Shipai, Beitou, Guantou, Tamsui and Jinshan areas around Yangmingshan National Park. The discovery of stone axes and arrowheads in the Chutzuhu area of Yangmingshan also shows man's presence here at least 2,000 years ago, although the sulfur fumes from nearby volcanoes probably made Yangmingshan a less than ideal place for human settlement and activity.
Our community is in search of some sustainable experiences around the world. Have a favorite that you can recommend, or do you run one? Share your insight in our Facebook group! Link is in our bio to join. #thisissustainable
At Hara House, you don't just learn to live more consciously, you learn to be grateful for every moment no matter how big or small. We are on an all time high reflecting on our first tour of 2019 and buzzing with ideas for tour itineraries to implement this year and in 2020. Stay tuned for more info coming your way along with our community hub that will be up and running come Feb!💚
When a friend visits Bangkok from New York, you obviously must have authentic Thai experiences - like going to an organic farm and watering coconuts the old school style!! Hey, it’s not as easy as it looks! Totally a great workout for your arms and I now appreciate coconut water on a whole new level! Other fun farm experiences included picking butterfly pea (anchan) flowers and making our own drink with it along with the fabulous farm-to-table dinner and dessert made by our gracious host’s mother! Thank you @supansa_chaladcharoen and your family for your farm hospitality. Loved your beautiful traditional wooden house you designed & built for farm stays! A total treat of massaging my feet on dried coconut husks by walking over them! Such a beautiful experience only an hour outside of Bangkok! Can’t wait to come back!! . . . . . . . . . . . #offthebeatenpath#bangkok#organicfarm#coconuts#sustainabletravel#thisissustainable#sundayfunday#butterflypea#anchan#farmtotable#bikes#agrotourism#farmlife#thailand
Almsgiving, known as tak bat or sai bat, is a sacred Buddhist ceremony that occurs across many Southeast Asian countries every morning at dawn–rain or shine. There are over 150 temples in the tiny town so it’s one of the best places in the region to get to witness the beautiful procession.
The issue of palm oil became more commonly discussed of late due to UK supermarket chain @icelandfoods controversial ad - the one that got banned - featuring a lonely Rang-Tan 🐵 who had lost his mum and home due to deforestation, and so went and hid in a little girl's bedroom. For their part, aside from raising awareness, Iceland's own brand food is now 100% palm oil free! This is a brilliant shift and statement by a British supermarket chain. Beyond the palm oil industry - natural habitats (whether land or marine) face threat of destruction from humanity's direct and indirect actions. As a result, the diverse and intricately suited species that call those habitats home face increased threat of vulnerability, endangerment, or extinction. Today, we see species extinctions happening at 100-1000x the natural rate. What can we do? There are some easily accessible, common sense and practical ways that we can make a difference #fortheplanet#fortheanimals in our everyday lives. Click link in bio to read my latest post on this 📝 including FOUR practical ways that you and I can combat habitat destruction and species extinction - through our ordinary everyday habits and decisions #intentionalliving Image: @world_wildlife 💜
BEST FOOD 🍴 TOUR IN ROME 🇮🇹 . Years ago during one of my first trips to Rome, if not the first, I took a tour of one of the city’s markets with Eleonora. We ate, we wandered, we listened to her stories and eventually we took what we bought “home” to a luxury apartment that looked right out at the Colosseum. There in a kitchen flooded with light and different from any I’d been to at home in the USA, she supervised the cooking of a meal that was in hindsight quite normal for Italy but for me was revolutionary. Such simple ingredients became such a beautiful open door to another culture, another world, superior to anything I’d experienced before that was “Italian” back home in the states. As I continued to visit Italy over the years, that experience with Eleonora was always foremost in my mind as the standard by which other experiences in other parts of Italy were judged by. If Italians weren’t as effusive with praise over a mere piece of cheese as Eleonora is, I thought longingly back to that day with her and wished that she could be my guide to all of Italy. . Fast forward to this trip when Alison said we’d be doing a tour with @casamiaitalyfoodandwine and I was overjoyed to realize that would mean touring the city again with Eleonora Baldwin and now with Gina Tringali who I’d also met years ago. The four of us had so much fun and I learned so much that I just didn’t want it to ever end. It was like the first time all over again. We laughed and we cried and we moaned and swooned over cheese and bread and chocolate and olive oil and cured meats from sustainable vendors and small businesses. I don’t need a third time to know, there’s no one I’d want to experience Rome with more than her, and now with Gina who she runs Casa Mia with. It’s that simple. 🇮🇹 🍴 . . . . . #foodtourinrome#rometour#romaitalia#romaitaly#foodtourism#foodtours#passionpassport#iamatraveler#thisissustainable#touringrome#italia🇮🇹
When most travelers hear the phrase “sustainable tourism,” the knee jerk reaction is to think of far off, dreamy eco lodges. But green travel encompasses just one component of sustainability. In its simplest definition, sustainable tourism is travel that has a positive impact on the environment, community and economy of a destination. We like to envision sustainability as an umbrella for ANY type of travel, from rural to urban and budget to luxury. #thisissustainable
Species extinctions happen today somewhere between 100-1000x the natural rate. For the Spix's Macaw (stunning image above) 2018 was the year that they became extinct in the wild, with only 50 of these beauties left alive in captivity. I don't know about you, but I'm not okay with the needless destruction of wild habitats, and the grossly expedited extinctions of diverse and intricately formed creatures like these. We can make 2019 different. Our actions make a difference. Even our seemingly ordinary everyday decisions. I want to make a difference #fortheplanet#fortheanimals and #fortheoceans in 2019. But together we can have a way bigger impact. Click link in bio ☝️📝 and read my latest post, 4 Ways to Combat Habitat Destruction & Species Extinction. We're better together 🌏 #intentionalliving Image: Patrick Pleul via Mashable
Hello 2019! We woke up simply thrilled to get this year started. Our new years desert party was a hit and we are so grateful to everyone who joined us. We will be making our desert property a permanent zero waste resort in 2019 and can't wait to get started next month. Stay tuned for details and exciting happenings. Happy New Year from the Hara House team!💚
2018 was a huge success for me professionally. I wrote for dream publications and had my first print features. I was invited on my first tourism board sponsored press trips. I got to meet my long term ‘online’ friends IRL. 2018 was not the best for me personally-between heartbreak and horror of events around the world, I’ve felt drained and depleted more times that I’d like to admit. I’m holding onto the lessons and looking forward to what 2019 has in store for me. 📷: @thealtruistictraveller
This is Evelina from @earthwanderess ✨ The place at the top of her bucket list is her home country, Sweden 🇸🇪. . . Evelina is a super sustainable traveler who DOESNT FLY. ✈️ That’s right! She travels full time without the use of any airplanes in order to significantly lower her carbon emissions. 😮 Evelina originally got interested in sustainable living & travel simply by learning more about the environmental crisis. 🌎 . . When asked what piece of advice she would give to someone just beginning to learn about the environment & live/travel more sustainably, she says, “[Use] YouTube and Instagram. It’s an easy way to learn a lot very fast and gives you a lot of inspiration in a positive way.” ✨ 🚂 📷 Sweden 🇸🇪 Photo by: @northboundjourneys #ladiesforsustainabletravel#ladiesleavingfootprints#swedentourism . . Want to be featured? Fill out our online form at the link in our bio so we can share more of your story! ✨