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Go Green for Spring Break 2013!

25 Feb

How to have an Eco-Friendly Spring Break & Support Fair Trade

Go-Green-For-Spring-BreakHere are a few ideas on how to ensure that your spring break fun is as environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible as possible.

1. Go on an Alternative Spring Break this year

Operation Groundswell is offering a Fair Trade Alternative Spring Break trip to Guatemala this year to cultivate coffee and learn about Fair Trade.  During this week long trip you will be immersing yourself in Guatemalan culture and living like the locals.


2. Choose an Eco-Friendly Destination

Healthy Voyager has a list of the top 10 best eco-vacation spots in the world.  This article highlights destinations cities in the Americas, Africa, Europe and South Asia where you can find ecologically friendly lodges, tours and activities as well as delicious, healthy food.

3. Stay at a Green Hotel & Choose Green Activities

The “Green Hotels Association” explains the importance of choosing to stay at a green hotel for your next vacation.  Their website displays an extensive list of all of their member hotels, which are located around the world.

Independent Traveler provides numerous lists of varying types of Eco-Friendly lodging, which range from hostels and bed & breakfasts, to hotels and resorts.  They have a range green lodging options for every type of traveler.  They also provide an exhaustive list of eco-friendly tour operators that will allow you to partake on any adventure, while still being environmentally conscious!

4. Have a Staycation

Having fun on Spring Break doesn’t mean that you have to jet off to a far away destination.  Staying close to home can also be a blast. Not only will you be saving on travel and lodging expenses, but you can also feel good about reducing your carbon footprint this vacation by not flying or going on a road trip.  The article How to Plan an Eco Friendly Staycation from World Savvy presents ideas on how to get started and get the most out of your staycation.

5. Look into Eco Friendly Fashion for your Spring Wardrobe

When shopping for spring break essentials and must haves for this spring, consider green, socially responsible clothing companies.  Alternative, for example, is an ecologically conscious  global company that prides itself on having very strict vendor guidelines and principles insuring that poor labor practices are not involved in the production of their clothing. They strive to keep their values in line with Fair Trade principles through working primarily with local manufacturers in their product’s country of origin and insuring that the original producers receive the rewards of their work directly.

For more Eco Friendly fashions for Spring check out this collection of green clothing and accessories from Metromix St. Louis.  These designs are made of organic fabrics or recycled materials and are sweat shop free.

To learn more about clothing brands that are ecologically responsible, read Teen Vogue’s article Nine Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands to Know.


6. Follow these 7 Smart Travel Tips

Read the article Seven tips to ensure a green Spring Break from The Independent Florida Alligator for simple travel tips to keep you conscious of the environment throughout your vacation.


Make Your Vacation Eco-Friendly And Fair Trade!

20 Feb

Many schools are creeping up on their spring breaks so I wanted to help you plan your vacation. When traveling we want to make our carbon footprint as small as possible while still having a blast. It is also a great idea to make sure the products your bringing on your trip are eco-friendly and fair trade, so if you need to buy a bigger suitcase to fit all of those bathing suits and flip-flops, try buying a bag that is recycled/Fair Trade ! If you’re in need of a trusty travel kit, take a look at Hope for Women’s ReStyleTM Salon Pro Travlel/Dropp kit. It is water resistant, durable and easy to wash so you won’t have to worry about that exploding shampoo ruining your entire suitcase.

If you’re traveling to Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, or the Pacific Rim, you could even go see some of the Fair Trade artisans! By visiting www.wfto.com andwww.fairtradefederation.com you can find out where participating producers of the Fair Trade organization are located and then see if there are opportunities to visit them.

When booking your trip there are many eco-friendly hotel options. Travelocity actually has a whole page dedicated to booking eco-friendly vacation packages that are right for everyone’s budget.  Be sure to research just what is meant by “green” to make sure your values are being met.

Planes create a large carbon footprint so try to book a direct flight if possible: “Taking off and landing requires a tremendous amount of fuel, so flying direct is greener than making stop-overs,” said TreeHugger and PlanetGreen.com editor, Meaghan O’Neill. Help the planet and your wallet by not renting a car on your travels, and try booking a hotel that is either walking distance from all the local attractions or has easy access to public transportation.

WAIT! Before you leave for the airport make sure you have turned off all of your lights, you have unplugged all of your appliances (many appliances continue to suck out power from your walls even after they are fully charged), and you have adjusted your heating or cooling system appropriately – there is no need to heat or cool an empty house!

Once you have arrived at your vacation destination don’t forget to treat the hotel like your own eco-friendly home. Turn off the lights when you go out for a swim, turn down the air conditioning, and hang up your towels to dry after you use them. Hotels have to use a huge amount of energy for laundry everyday so help them cut down on wasting water and energy. When you’re out looking at all the local goodies try to buy some of them! Many countries depend on tourism to survive so show some love for the local artisans, and try eating out at the local restaurants instead of eating out at a chain you can find in your own backyard.

Going on a vacation is about having fun and relaxing so don’t stress about trying to accomplish everything I have listed – but try a few! Most of the things are super simple and you will feel better about your vacation knowing that you are helping the environment and the community you are visiting. My last tip for a fun/eco-friendly vacation is…have an amazing time!

Written by, Mary Mathias