An Ultimate Guide to Eco-friendly and Sustainable Travel Lifestyle

Updated: May 20

Is sustainable living possible as a Traveller? How can you choose a more eco-friendly and sustainable travel alternative for your journeys? How can sustainable travels help climate change?


This Guide will give you environment-friendly travel tips and travel ideas reducing your carbon footprint, ways to plan your Eco-friendly holiday and find sustainable vacation destinations. We will give hands-on hacks on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle with examples of eco-friendly travel products and services you can choose from in everyday life.


Forget about comparing eco-friendly vs sustainable. We do believe embracing a sustainable lifestyle, choosing ecological and eco-friendly products, traveling with a sustainable mindset, and doing whatever we can to leave an as small ecological - and carbon footprint as possible is 100% necessary. Because we all need to change.


We need to decrease our waste, use green alternative resources of energy to stop emission and take strong actions right now if we're going to be able to leave the world in the hands of the next generation with a good conscience - and hopefully in a better shape as we once inherited it.


Is Eco-friendly and Sustainable Living combined with Travels with Zero Waste Utopia? Probably. But it's always better to do "something" compared with doing "nothing". With our "An Ultimate Guide to Eco-friendly and Sustainable Travel Lifestyle" we want to inspire you and show how you easy can take your first steps towards global sustainability with a brighter future for all our children.


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Scenic view over an small island in a lake surrounded by mountains bathing in sun beams from a beautifully clouded sky. A picture of the untouched wilderness; with forests, steep hill-sides and a calm lake representing Mother Earth. In our guide to Eco-friendly and Sustainable Travel and Living you can find helpful tips on how to travel, stay and discover our world, leaving an as small ecological footprint as possible, finding ecological and eco-friendly products and tips on how to live a more sustainable life.

How can I live a more sustainable way of life?


When starting to write on our guide to Eco-friendly and Sustainable Travel, we decided early on to involve and ask some of our new Food Travel blogging friends on Perlu about tips on the topic, making this Guide a Collab Guest Blog Post. And it turned out to be not only a guide to choose an overall sustainable Lifestyle as a Traveller but also as a Human Being.


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One of the bloggers we connected was Alexis Canella from the Travel Blog "The Soul Traveler Diaries", and it became an interview that works well as an inspirational introduction on how to change towards an eco-responsible and sustainable mindset, sprung from an awakening while she was on one of her Travels around the world.


Wake Up Call: Starting a Sustainable Mindset while Travelling


Hi Lexi! When and why did you get an interest in eco-friendly and sustainable travel and living?

I grew up with travel as a huge value in my life. We did numerous family road trips around the United States and a few international trips growing up. I even traveled with language immersion programs in high school and studied abroad in university. However, within the last three years, I decided to pursue my passion for travel and work towards traveling full time.


A plastic bottle in nature. Our imprint and impact on the living planet is found everywhere. We need to change our lifestyle to become more sustainable and aware as humans. Our Guide to Eco-friendly and Sustainable Travel and Living is one small step on your new path to become environmentally aware and take action.

In these past three years, I have become more and more attentive to the places I visit and what I see. In November 2017, I was traveling by local taxi with a fellow traveler to Mount Popa, Myanmar. All along the road, in the ditches, and on the road you would find mounds and mounds of trash. Most of it was plastic or paper piled on top by rotting fruit and cigarette butts. And over the years, I continued to see these mounds of trash in every country I visited, regardless of the country’s wealth or waste management systems.


I have also seen so much pollution. Light pollution, smog. You name it, I’ve seen it. From Delhi to Bangkok to London to Los Angeles. I’ve watched news stories on oil spills. And I’ve watched the CO2 and greenhouse gas numbers climb. It disgusted me how poorly we treat this planet, and that included myself.


Do we guess those travel experiences became a kind of eye-opener?

Yes, as a passionate traveler, I did not think it was fair of me to continue traveling the world without taking my ecological footprint into account.


So what did you do to reduce your own ecological footprint?

At the beginning of 2018, I started cutting down on my waste and watching my plastic consumption. I tried to eat more local as well, especially when I travel. And I would drink from the tap or use a water filter. I even went through a lot of my possessions and clothing and donated almost 50% of everything I owned to a Goodwill or Salvation Army.


In July 2019, I made a huge decision and became a pescatarian. I knew that I wanted to travel more in the coming years and felt that removing meat from my diet would be a big way to help me reduce my footprint. I only eat sustainably farmed or caught fish. And I am happy to say that I have cut myself down to only eating fish once a week to keep up with my omega-3s.


Since then, I have also moved to almost completely plastic-free toiletries and hygiene products. If I have to purchase a product that has plastic or paper packaging, I find ways to repurpose or reuse it. My yogurt containers are used as storage for my leftover food.

That's an easy and great tip! Can you give us your best tips on how you easy can be eco-friendly while traveling or choosing sustainability in daily life?

As an almost full-time traveler and ex-pat living abroad, I have picked up quite of few tricks and tips to reduce my plastic consumption and travel more sustainably. Here are my best tips to help you be a more eco-friendly traveler:

- When you purchase yogurt or ice cream containers at the grocery store, reuse the empty containers as "Tupperware" for your food leftovers. If you are like me and LOVE your street food (I live in Asia and street food is amazing!), bring your empty containers and have the street vendor package your food in that container instead of using a Styrofoam box or plastic bags.

- Bring foldable reusable bags with you on your travels. They take up very little space and are great for day trips and going shopping at the local market or grocery store

- Buy local and organic if you can. You can always find fresh local markets that pop up or have a permanent place wherever you are exploring. Take advantage of them. They support local farmers and businesses, and most of the produce and products are made in that country. This cuts down on packaging and transportation. Don’t forget to bring your reusable bags here too!

- Use a water filter or purifier and stop purchasing bottled water. Filters and purifiers last an extremely long time and are one of the best ways to still get clean water even in countries where clean drinking water is not accessible.

- Invest in reusable, non-plastic cutlery (unless it’s recycled plastic). I prefer to use metal or bamboo cutlery and straws for my travels and they take up no space.


I am a huge advocate for reducing my ecological footprint, especially as a traveler. Here's a few Travel items that I always pack on my adventures to help reduce my carbon footprint:

- A Klean Kanteen reusable water bottle with a SteriPEN water purifier

- Katadyn for safe and clean water filtration

- Bees wrap for sustainable food storage. Ditch the plastic wrap!

- Collapsible reusable bags for day trips and grocery shopping while traveling, and they are also great to use when living at home too!

- Lush Cosmetics’ naked, vegan, fair-trade, and eco-friendly toiletries

- Bamboo cutlery and straws. I even have a boba straw for when I crave my boba teas!


I have traveled to over 50 countries across 7 continents, and I can say with confidence that you can travel anywhere in the world while still reducing your carbon footprint. However, some places make it a lot easier than others for you to do so.


That's a good question to round up! Can you mention a top 3 destinations to visit; or places to live, that you would say are more conscious about sustainable urban living?

Here are the top three destinations that I have found to be the most environmentally conscious and help travelers to reduce their impact as well; Copenhagen in Denmark, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and Cape Town in South Africa.


Author and Guest Blogger Alexis Canella (or Lexi for short) is the creator of The Soul Traveler Diaries, a resource for travelers who are looking for ways to affordably travel the world and are seeking opportunities to live and work abroad. Lexi has traveled to over 50 countries across 7 continents and has circumnavigated the globe in a span of four months by ship. She's currently living as an ex-pat in Jakarta, Indonesia teaching English. Find all adventures, travel advice, travel guides, and ways to work and live abroad on her Instagram and Twitter.

What is the Definition of Sustainable Living?


Sustainable living describes "a choice of lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resources, and one's personal resources". Effective use of land combined with wildlife protection is truly essential to living sustainably. Creating new habitats and restoring biodiversity are vital for our own existence as well. Where did all the Bee's go, right? We have diverged ourselves from Earth's biodiversity and look where that got us.


What is the meaning of a Sustainable Lifestyle?


The principle of a sustainable lifestyle is that; in a sense, we're all Custodians of the Living Earth. It's strong full confidence laid in our hands; which we have inherited from generations before us, with the power to destroy or nurture the Earth's resources for the next generations to come. In that mission, the most obvious thing should be to ensure an environment for all living creatures to flourish. With great power comes great responsibility...


Instead, we have managed to sharply reduce that option for future generations during the last century, with our unsustainable lifestyle. Just in years, we have shaken the natural balance it took Mother Earth millions of years to create. Our Ecological Footprint has created a devastating overshoot use of the Earth's resources.


What is an Ecological Footprint?


It's basically a method; promoted by the Global Footprint Network, "to measure human demand on natural capital, i.e. the quantity of nature it takes to support people or an economy". As a matter of fact, Earth's Overshoot Day fell on August the 22nd of this year. Sounds depressing? Let's do something about it.


On their site, you can Calculate Your Ecological Footprint and find helpful tips to take action and push that date forward so there's definitely hope. We hope that this short test could work as an eye-opener as well.


Start to reduce your Ecological and Carbon Footprint with simple and easy steps. You find a short checklist at the end of this post with small but important challenges you can take towards Global Sustainability.



What is Sustainable Urban Living?


Sustainable urban living is a practice that includes several aims and the use of renewable resources. For instance, when building houses, working towards an efficient clean and green energy consumption, the use of public transport and other eco-friendly options of transportation, sustainable water usage, accessible resources and services for waste recycling, and the process of extracting and reusing useful substances found in our waste. These are all examples of Urban Sustainability we need to embrace.


Is Global Sustainability important?


Have you ever thought "Does it matter if I live sustainable when the rest of the world doesn't?" It wouldn't matter if you were alone, true. The good news is that you're not alone in wanting a change. "Global sustainability defines the conditions under which humans and nature, societies and the biosphere, the world, and the Earth can co-exist in ways that enable productive harmony, stability and resilience to support present and future generations".


With a Sustainable mindset as a traveler; with respect to local culture on-site, your open-minded will to pass forward knowledge about sustainability will contribute to the important progress of all people's involvement in environmentally friendly activities. Travelling and practice sustainability on your destinations might even establish a new culture of environmental awareness into existence.


We think that's why both Travel and Global Sustainability are important...



5 Apps helping you to be Eco, Sustainable and reducing your Carbon footprint


It can be hard to know where to start your journey towards sustainability and making the right choices for a greener world. Thankfully, there's an App for everything these days, and here are our Top 5 Apps for Sustainable Eco-living and Travelling.


Eevie App Your Climate Guide to a Sustainable Life

Zero Waste App Meet your new Travel Companion to find resources for your Zero WasteLifestyle

Sustainable Life App a free mobile app created to connect eco-conscious consumers with sustainable businesses and brands worldwide.

JouleBug App is an easy way to make your everyday habits more sustainable. Discover how you and your friends can use resources—without using them up.

Wayaj is an App that lets you find Earth Friendly Travel, Accommodation, and Activities easily!


And these are just a few of the many Apps we like. There's plenty to find and download on the App Store or Get on Google Play.



Mindful eating is a choice of Sustainability


The choice is yours and it's actually easy to make. What could possibly be better than eating what's perfectly ripe and in season for the moment, right? So ditch the asparagus if you can't get it from a local Farmers Market. It will reward you with two things; you'll experience how real asparagus should taste like, you are supporting a local farmer and it will reduce your ecological and carbon footprint by choosing regional ingredients before imported ones. Ohh? That was three? You probably can think of three advantages more? See how easy this is?


Growing your own food may be a little more difficult but you'll find plenty of resources to learn how to online and there's a satisfaction reward in growing your own food - topped with a better taste and economy too.


Is eating meat sustainable? Of course, it is but not in the way we do it now. To eat more plant-based food; maybe skipping the animal protein for a day or two in the week, could really do a huge difference. And vegetables are sexy food! ;)


On our Travels, eating with sustainability in mind is way harder. Especially as we love to experience a new food culture through the Streetfood. Plastic disposables, plastic bags - they are everywhere. Especially where they're not supposed to be. Be a smart tourist and bring your own container and cutlery to the eatery!


But what about Travel? How can you Travel Eco-friendly and Sustainable at all?


Can Flights be Eco-friendly?


The first thing that pops up in our heads thinking about Travel is flying, and Aviation is, without doubt, one of the most environmentally destructive ways of transportation there is. So, can it become more eco-friendly?


The aviation industry emits 74,000 times more carbon dioxide than the training industry for instance. That's a huge number. Or Aviation is responsible for 2-3 percent of CO₂ emissions globally. Now, even if it doesn't look like it - that's a huge number as well.


However, there are some good examples that Aviation starting to take its climate impact seriously. Airbus is developing three concept aircraft with their ZEROe project, which will be the first commercial, zero-emission aircraft to be in service by 2035. If someone doesn't beat them on the finishing line, that is...not likely...at all, but anyway...



You could say there's a trend in decarbonizing flying. While Airbus is working with hydrogen (which is extremely interesting) instead of conventional jet fuel, Lufthansa's project is to make jet fuel from "concentrated sunlight" and they already use SAF; Sustainable Aviation Fuel to lower the Carbon Emission by 80%. Lufthansa has also launched Compensaid; a service towards Mindful Travel. "The CO₂ calculator provided by the climate protection organization, myclimate, helps you to calculate your journey’s carbon footprint. The result is based on the fuel consumption of the Lufthansa fleet. With Compensaid, you can then offset the emissions your flight has caused immediately afterward"!


So if going on that long flight, be prepared to plant a bunch of trees if you want to offset what your travel has caused in emission.



Electric Aviation Group has revealed their plans to launch the first 70-plus seater Hybrid Electric Regional Aircraft - or HERA for short - by 2028. The HERA will reduce 75% of each passenger CO₂ emission/ per km along with a reduction of NOx emissions by 90%! We really hope for development in their project so they can stick to that plan because the flying electric choice will also reduce 65% of the "noise emission"!


What is Eco-friendly Travel and Eco-tourism?


The definition of Eco-friendly traveling according to The International Ecotourism Society is shortly doing “responsible travels to natural areas that conserve the environment, sustains the well-being and involves interpretation and education”.


With that in mind; it's not only important to choose how to get to a destination, but it's also even more important to choose stays that are eco-friendly or outspokenly conscious about the environment, we need to choose how we move and commute on our location and doing activities that are eco-friendly.


Eco-tourism and Sustainable Tourism is what our next Guest Bloggers Francois and Alexandra from the Travel Blog VireVolte experienced in Costa Rica. Here's their story!



Luna Lodge in Costa Rica. A Resort for travellers embracing an eco-friendly, sustainable tourism. A visit here is one with nature preservation and a sustainable mind-set, with the rain forest just outside your room.

Sustainable Tourism and Nature Preservation in Costa Rica


In 2020, we were lucky enough to travel 3 weeks in Costa Rica and to come back to France just a few days before the lockdown. On our final days in Costa Rica, we went to Corcovado National Park, in the Osa Peninsula. Costa Rica is a country we have a lot to learn from in terms of Sustainable tourism and nature preservation (the country will be Carbon neutral in 2021!).


Each national park is very well preserved, due to many rules: entries are limited, incoming and outgoing waste checked, paths marked and monitored, the locals are very aware of the protection of nature. And that is why it is working so well because people care!


Alexandra from Travel Blog VireVolte looking out over the rain forest in Costa Rica, visiting Luna Lodge.

In the Osa peninsula, we have found some people who do not only care but who are doing their best every day for the country and the fauna and the flora of the peninsula: the people working at Luna Lodge, an eco-lodge, in the middle of the rainforest. No, you are not dreaming.


An amazing view from a hammock, with the rain forest just outside your resort in Costa Rica. Luna Lodge delivers a nature experience while being sustainable!

The Luna Lodge is an amazing place, where nature is celebrated and preserved in every possible way. The people working at the lodge are coming from local communities, the hotel purchases everything they can from small businesses nearby, the hotel is 100% self-sufficient energetically and produces clean energy, using solar energy for water heating, for instance.


Guests are informed, made aware, and invited to care for nature as well, by sorting waste, saving energy, using their own water bottle, not disturbing the nature of the wildlife.

Single-use plastic is excluded from the hotel, and the Luna Lodge quantifies and compensates any Greenhouses Gases they are not able to limit.


Green and lush jungle from the view of a canoe. Costa Rica is a great country to visit if you are into Sustainable Travel, Eco-tourism and leaving an as small ecological and carbon footprint as possible during travels.

Lana, the owner of the Lodge, is also a Yoga teacher, and she will teach you how to reconnect with nature, listen to yourself but also to the rainforest, and take good care of it. What a relief to see that yes, it is possible for the hospitality industry to shake things up and to provide an amazing and sustainable experience, in the middle of the rainforest, for the most astonishing experience!


Meet Guest Bloggers Alexandra and François, from Travel Blog VireVolte as they are traveling the World while working remotely as Digital Nomads.

Alexandra and François, from VireVolte are traveling the world while working remotely. They are very fond of nature, treks, drone photography, and food! On Virevolte they talk about their favorite destinations, detail each of the itineraries, and give advice for digital nomads working remotely as they do! Follow them on Twitter!




What are Eco-friendly Activities and Tours at your Destination?


Being a responsible tourist means that we respect the culture and society of the destinations we travel but naturally also how we behave and what we do. To a very high degree, that also includes the activity and tours we take to discover a new country. Support locally attractions, taking a City Sightseeing Bus Tour, renting a bike, or maybe one of the best eco-friendly tours you can do; taking a walking tour in a group or by yourself is only a few of all examples of eco-friendly activities and eco-traveling. And City Walks is something our next Guest Bloggers really love!


Get inspired for Eco-travel with these Epic Walkable Cities


Eco-friendly Travel tips from Guest Blogger Brittany Merriman of Bon Voyage Brittany


If you’re trying to be a more informed traveler, you probably have heard of eco or sustainable travel. However, the secret to being a more conscientious and sustainable tourist isn’t an easy, “one-size-fits-all” solution. There is a lot of varying information floating around the internet about ecotourism. This could lead the average traveler to get discouraged about their options. Maybe you’re wondering how you can truly make a difference without breaking the bank on a ritzy “Eco Resort”?


As a full-time traveler, budget tourist, and sustainability expert I feel you. Even though I have a degree in Sustainability and minored in Tourism Studies, I know just how overwhelming this amalgamation of information can be.


That’s why I’m going to lay an easy solution right at your feet. Literally!


I love the idea of Walkable Cities as a tourism destination for environmentally-minded tourists from all walks of life (see what I did there?).


Why Choose a Walkable City? Pick a Reason!


In terms of Urban Planning, cities that are easily walkable have a myriad of benefits. Walkable cities encourage residents to live healthier, more active lives. This understandably leads to happier citizens who tend to be longer-lived. Pretty obviously, a city is defined as “walkable” if it encourages residents to walk or ride bikes rather than drive to their destinations. How an urban planning department can achieve this might not be as obvious.


One way cities achieve this is by planting trees and creating more green spaces (think: parks). Studies have shown that even looking at trees can improve our mental and physical health. That means that Walkable Cities are naturally placed tourists (and residents!) will find more relaxing, more beautiful, and easier to breathe in.


Additionally, a “Walkable” city utilizes public transportation and/or bike lanes in clever, holistic ways. If large areas of a city are not easily accessible via public transportation or sidewalks tourists and residents will find it more difficult to explore. Tourism dollars will be stuck in one part of a community, instead of permeating throughout the area. This will naturally lead to some neighborhoods being more “run down” than others.


The most obvious benefit to Walkable Cities, however, is the ability to budget your travel expenses. How much money did you spend on your last vacation other than renting a car or paying for an Uber? In cities where biking, public transport, and walking are the norm, tourists can feel safer saving their money and exploring the cheap way: by foot.


Imagine visiting a new place and being able to enjoy the sights, tastes, and activities that the city has to offer without having to drive 40 minutes to each new destination. Imagine strolling from your hotel or Airbnb to a city park, museum, or eatery. Imagine saving hundreds of dollars on a car rental, and using that money to learn a new activity or experience a new cultural attraction. Sounds romantic and inspiring, right?


For those who cannot, or do not want to walk, these cities still have you covered! Not only are Walkable Cities easier to traverse on foot, but they tend to have great public transportation and ADA-accessible sidewalks throughout the city. This means that you don’t have to wear down the soles of your shoes just to avoid taking a cab.


Top 3 Walkable Cities in the USA for Eco-friendly Sightseeing


Cities with a “Walkability Score” of over 70 are considered “very walkable”. That is, most errands can be accomplished on foot. The closer the cities score to 100, the more walkable the city is considered to be, and here are the Top 3 most walkable cities in the USA.


A photo of a pianist in the middle of strolling tourists and New Yorkers in Central Park, accompanied by the fountain in the back. Music is everywhere in the walkable city of New York. Walkable Cities is an eco-friendly activity as a tourist which makes New York ideal for your Eco Travel Destination.

Solo pianist in Central Park on Manhattan, New York


1. Eco-friendly New York City Walks


Rated the “Most Walkable” city in America, New York shouldn’t be a surprise. It is not uncommon for Big Apple youths to never bother to even get a driver's license. There is a reason for that: almost everything in New York can be accomplished on foot. Although many places in New York are walkable, neighborhoods like Little Italy, Bowery, and the Flatiron District have walk scores of 100. The highest score possible.



While in NYC, why not take a walking food tour and explore the cities famous foods by foot (and by mouth!). Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and get an iconic shot of the skyline. Take a Manhattan street art tour, stroll through The High Line Park - the opportunities here are honestly endless!


A girl sitting on a low wall looking over San Francisco in USA. City walking in San Francisco can be a lot of hillwalking but you'll be rewarded with some spectacular views over the most beautiful city in California. San Francisco City Walking from our Guide to Sustainable and Eco-friendly Travel and Living. San Francisco is a great start to become more environmentally aware on your vacation.

Hillwalking in San Francisco, USA will reward you with amazing San Fran city views - and it's good for your health and the environment too!


2. San Francisco Eco-friendly Activities and Walking Tours


San Francisco trails behind New York City by only a point, making this city incredibly walkable overall. Visitors to SanFran’s Chinatown and Tenderloin districts will find walking easy to accomplish, with each district having a score of 100. The Downtown-Union Square district follows at a close third with a score of 99.



Fun suggestions for tourists include making your way around China Town to sample authentic cuisine. Stroll down Jackson Street for a taste of quaint, old-world charm. Get your beatnik fix on Columbus Avenue or hike up the stairs at Lombard Street aka “Crookedest Street in the World”.


Boston City view with old food market in the front with a sidewalk café. In the background skyscrapers. Boston is perfect for eco-friendly city walks. Many of Boston's attractions and famous sites are in walking distance. Read more in our Guide to Sustainable and Eco-friendly tourism.

3. Eco-friendly Neighbourhood Walking in Boston, Massachusetts


Boston is home to not only Harvard and MIT, but also a plethora of history. Visitors to this bustling city will be impressed with its walkable neighborhoods. Unlike NYC and San Francisco, the neighborhood in Boston has a perfect walkability score. However, several neighborhoods score in the high 90s, making Boston still easily traversable without wheels. Visitors wanting an eco-friendly walking experience should check out Beacon Hill, North End, and Bay Village for an on-foot experience.



Adventurers on foot will be delighted with Bostons Beacon Hill and North End Districts. Take to Bostons' oldest commercial center, Maverick Square, or go a bit more modern at Downtown Crossing. Of course, history buffs of all ages won’t be disappointed in any Boston neighborhood.

Brittany Merriman from the Travel Blog Bon Voyage Brittany; one of our Guest Bloggers on our Collab Blog Post Eco-friendly and Sustainable Travel Guide. Read more on Food and Travel Guides dot com.

Author and Guest Blogger Brittany Merriman of Bon Voyage Brittany is a globetrotting sustainability nerd eager to bring the joys of living an ethical and eco-friendly lifestyle to women everywhere. She has been a full-time nomadic adventurer for over four years. Her hobbies include long walks up mountain slopes, longer ski runs down mountain slopes, and drinking wine pretty much anywhere. Visit Bon Voyage Brittany and follow her on Instagram.


What are Eco-friendly Products for Travel?


There are several criteria to label products as "Eco-friendly" but using our common sense; your travel products should be made from recycled or reusable, durable materials that do not harm the environment and conserve resources like water and energy with a big extra plus if being fully biodegradable. When defining an Eco-material it should enhance improvement of the environment through the whole life cycle while maintaining its performance.


Our Team agreed that cotton and bamboo are such materials to have a closer look at when searching for eco-friendly Travel Products. So we did.

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Our Recommended Eco-friendly Travel Products on Amazon


Teabloom All-Beverage Travel Tumbler with a large capacity; 17 oz / 500 ml. Insulated Thermos Mug made from Eco-Friendly Bamboo with a hot and cold tea infuser, cold-brew coffee or to make fruit-infused water. Using the Naturalist every day instead of a disposable cup can save up to 23 lbs of trash/ year and 88 lbs C02 emissions. The Naturalist on Amazon


Set with 4 uniquely and individually engraved Bamboo Toothbrushes, a bamboo travel case and a vegan, eco-friendly dental floss made from charcoal and bamboo fiber is perfect for your new sustainable lifestyle. Zero Waste set: 100% compostable and recyclable. Perfect as a gift for the environmentally aware traveler. Bootrybe on Amazon



Reusable Bamboo Cutlery set; 2-Pack Bamboo Utensils Set with 2 bonus Bamboo Toothbrushes, 100% Organic Bamboo Straw, Spoon, Fork, Knife, Teaspoon, Chopsticks, Brush and Storage Bags - all in Bamboo and fully Biodegradable. The perfect Travel set for daily use when hiking, camping, road trips - or at home. Greenzla on Amazon



ecofreaco Organic Cotton Mesh reusable produce bags are perfect to pack in your travel bag and use at destinations when shopping. The double-stitched mesh Eco Bags leave Zero Waste, are washable an Eco-friendly Shopping & Storage Solution besides being durable. So durable that ecofreaco leaves a Lifetime Warranty on their product! ecofreaco on Amazon



Still, want to look good while traveling; of course using your eco-friendly, cruelty-free, vegan make-up? ECOLIFE has reusable Makeup Remover Pads. The scrub pads are made of Bamboo and are perfect for cleaning off tenacious products and exfoliating the skin. The softer cotton rounds are great for removing makeup regularly and for areas like the eyes. Sustainable and Zero Waste! ECOLIFE on Amazon



Bali Boo lets you bring biodegradable straws on your journeys! 12 Eco friendly 8 Inch straws made from reusable bamboo. The USA alone uses 500 million plastic straws per day! Take one important step to Zero Waste and ditch the straw or go for reusable ones! Unlike plastic straws, bamboo products are 100% biodegradable and an easy way to cut down on waste and pollution. Bali Boo on Amazon



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Our Quick and Easy Checklist to Start Living Sustainable


Re-Use and Recycle

This is a simple mindset to make an impact with very small daily life changes. Reusing your coffee cup, teacup, or water bottle, shop with your reusable bags, avoid any plastic packaging, and refuse single-use straws are all easy transitions to an aware choice of sustainable living. Avoid any landfill waste and recycle what you can at home.


Energy-Aware

Be aware of your Energy consumption; Electric and Water. Choose clean and green energy from Sustainable Resources, switch off your lights, and turn off the tap.


Mindful Eating

Support your local farmer and choose regionally food, eat what's in season and avoid imported greens, eat less meat and more plant-based food, eat more organic and avoid unnecessary food waste - i.e eat what can be eaten of a plant (often more than you might think) and store leftovers in reusable containers. Compost any organic waste. Grow your own greens.


Buy Sustainably labeled goods, fashion, and products

Needless to say, the trend with sustainable, ecological, organic, fairtrade, or any other environmental driven label for that sake, have become big business. The US Sustainability Market alone is predicted to break $150 billion in sales by 2021. We hope it reaches $200 billion. As long as there are working supervisory organizations which ensure that rules and objectives are met, those kinds of labels do good for the environment. Shop goods from Brands you trust and know have a verified eco-labeling.


Learn more about Sustainable Living!


If you read this far - we're very happy you did! That must mean something, right? Thank you for your concern about our environment!


We want to round up this Guide with a tip of a documentary which happens to be a treat if you want to learn something fundamental about Sustainable Living. It all starts with the Bees. No, not Bee Gees. (Well, may-bee!)


"David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet"


Sir David Attenborough's life is truly extraordinary. Few humans have had the same privilege to experienced Nature's Biodiversity so thoroughly up-close and consistently like Mr. Attenborough through the years. Well, actually a whole Lifetime. The documentary "David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet" is his testimony. And a real eye-opener. If there's just one documentary you should watch this year: This is the One! And maybe "My Octopus Teacher" which is amazing (Bonus Tip)!


”We can’t cut down rainforests forever – and anything that we can’t do forever is; by definition, unsustainable”

”Our imprint is now truly global. Our impact is now truly profound. Our blind assault on the planet has finally come to alter the very fundamentals of the living world.”

”We are facing; nothing less than a collapse of the living world. No one wants this to happen. None of us can afford for it to happen.”

”So what do we do? It’s quite straightforward. It’s been staring us in the face all along. To restore stability to our Planet, we must restore its bio-diversity. The very thing that we’ve removed. It’s the only way out of these crises we have created. We must ”re-wild” the world!”


From the Netflix documentary "A Life on Our Planet" and the wise words of Sir David Attenborough on sustainable living. Check out Earthshot Prize that David Attenborough started with Prince William; a "Nobel Prize for Environmentalism". Annually (starting 2021 in London), and in the next ten years, there will be five, one million-pound prizes awarded, to winners providing at least 50 solutions to our world’s greatest environmental problems by 2030.


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