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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.

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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.

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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.

Retailer of the Week: The Green Life

16 Jun

Shannon and Michael Hassenberg

This week Hope For Women is featuring a gorgeous store right down the street from our headquarters in Burlington, Vermont. The Green Life is an Eco-friendly store committed to doing their part to help make our planet healthier.

I first wandered into The Green Life about a year and a half ago, after returning home for spring break from Wesleyan University. I was head-over-heels for the aesthetic of the place and so pleased to know that the products I was happily drooling over were sustainable, recycled, upcycled and made of eco-friendly materials. On top of all the beauty, I found myself smiling as I chatted with Michael Hassenberg, one half of the husband and wife team who founded and run The Green Life.

Beautiful organic bedding by Plover

It wasn’t long before I returned to the shop, needing a birthday gift for my impossibly cool, progressive, conscientious Aunt in California. It’s generally tough to shop for her but within about ten minutes, I was having to choose between bamboo bedding, a stunning wooden bowl, a purse made of seat belts, and about ten other fantastic Eco-products.

I love The Green Life and it has truly become my go-to spot for gifts. I can feel great about buying their products, knowing that as a consumer, my purchases have an impact and can define my lifestyle, green or not. I am so happy to feature this wonderful family business and thrilled to know that Hope For Women’s Peel Pals™ are smiling next to other fair trade and environmentally conscientious products.

Peel Pal™ Giveaway!

Best of all, I have some exciting news for you readers from Vermont (or currently visiting Vermont). The first person to go to The Green Life (see link for the address and directions) and mention the Hope For Women giveaway will receive a FREE Peel Pal™! We’re giving away Love, because after all, living green is really about loving the world, caring for our environment, and respecting the breadth of human impact.

Written by Haley Perkins, Intern at Hope For Women