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5 Tips for Sustainable Travelling

It is hard to find a person who doesn’t like travelling. Exploring foreign countries can be a good way to learn new things, get acquainted with other cultures or simply rest and refresh. However, if not responsible, tourism can have a negative effect on water and local resources as well as contribute to air pollution and land degradation. Good news is that we all can contribute to sustainable travelling. Here are some tips:

#1 Choose your transportation means wisely. Why fly if you can drive and why drive if you can bike? Always consider more environmental friendly solution to get from point A to point B. Planes and especially cruises are considered to be one of the most unsustainable ways to travel but you can always look for a carbon offset program, pay a little extra (which is really a little!) and leave no carbon footprint. Of course, if the trip is land based, first think about taking a train, bus or a car. However, if you want to do an Eurotrip from Lapland through Athens to Barcelona alone, it’s actually more ecological to fly. But if it’s a family or friends trip, prioritize a car. If you are going to a different continent, plan your flights and travel there in one trip as much as you can instead of flying back and forth over the oceans.

#2 Go local. Immerse yourself with local life as much as you can. Try to learn a bit of language, go to markets instead of big shopping malls and look for something rather authentic than familiar. You can ask people where to eat and what to eat so you could experience traditional cuisine. If you want to bring some souvenirs home be careful that you don’t end up with Thai straw hats that were made in China. Handmade gifts will probably cost more but in this way you are going to have more direct and positive impact on local economy. It also supports cultural heritage and provides so needed jobs. To make a real difference you can even go volunteering abroad so local community there can actually benefit from your input.

#3 Lower your needs. Choosing an Airbnb or couchsurfing over a hotel will not only keep your wallet happy, but will also help to reduce electricity and water waste. If you prefer a hotel though, don’t ask for a new towel everyday – leave it hanging instead so the cleaning personnel would know you will reuse it or simply put Do Not Disturb sign on your door. You won’t get your room tidied up, that’s true, but you will avoid all the not always so necessary cleaning. Also, do not forget to unplug all the electrical devices when you leave the apartment and, yes, it’s okay to take those unused soaps and shampoos back home – otherwise they would probably be thrown away. Or you can look for nice green hotels or eco-friendly lodges that orientates on sustainable tourism.

#4 Try backpacking, an independent and low-cost way of travel. Just put all your belongings in a rucksack and simply hit the road using as much public transport or your own feet as you can. Talking about the backpack itself, you should always think and then rethink about things that you want to take with you. Now imagine yourself with a backpack and two luggages on both hands, it would be a bit more complicated to catch a public transport than with just one bag, right? If it’s a challenge to pack light, try to follow the rule of three: one to wear, one to wash, one to dry. Be aware of the content of your bag, too. Take a water canteen or glass bottle instead of buying plastic bottles on the way (yes, we know it will be heavier). Finally, be exceptionally conscious when travelling in fragile ecosystems – your used products will be disposed in that region so avoid microbeads, aerosol cans and sulfate shampoos.

#5 Do your research. Before travelling, take some time to read about the culture you are going to immerse with, environmental situation there and also about sustainable travelling in general. There are way more tips how to be eco-friendly on vacation than we could put in one article so keep reading and learning. And remember few things: sustainable travelling isn’t mean to preserve nature for future tourists’ benefits, it preserves the environment for current and future needs of local communities. However, the more cultures you get to know, the more connected you feel to others, so wherever you go, you don’t leave a footprint in somebody else’s country, you leave it in your own planet.

By Lina Krivickaitė

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Kratkoročni EVS u Turskoj – poziv


Udruga T.E.A.M. iz Mersina, Turska, traži jednog volontera/volonterku iz Hrvatske za kratkoročnu europsku volontersku službu EVS u trajanju od 2 mjeseca u gradiću Kanzali.

Drugo izdanje EVS projekta udruge T.E.A.M. održat će se od 10.travnja do 08. lipnja 2018.g. Aktivnosti EVS-a odnose se na čišćenje Kazanli plaže, posjet školama i drugim ustanovama u cilju podizanja svijesti o zaštiti okoliša i morskih kornjača itd. EVS projekt pokriva trošak putovanja, hrane i smještaja volontera!

Ako ste se pronašli u ulozi promotora važnosti očuvanja okoliša morskih kornjača i želite pridonijeti održanju vrste ovih životinja, upoznati drugu kulturu i naučiti turski, javite nam se putem e-maila ili 0913033067. Za prijavu je potreban životopis u Europass formatu te motivacijsko pismo na engleskom jeziku.Za više informacija o projektu, posjetite sljedeći link…/1HoypRDVpyU-BoZzMPz3V29mgqPwEfcHb.

Rok prijave je 20.03.2018.

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Menstrual cup: why handle your own blood when the modern world gives you the possibility to throw it away?

Let’s celebrate International Women’s Day with a great figure, feminist and to us ecologist, Leona Chalmers, the brilliant mind spearhead the invention of the menstrual cup. Yes, you understand correctly, here we are going to discuss about bloody issues. But pay attention, this is important. Although feminine periods are often a taboo in today’s society this matter needs to be addressed opennely as the environmental impact is considerable, not mentioning the women’s health problems.

#1 Environment. According to various studies, an average woman will use about 17.000 tampons and pads in her lifetime. Of course this number can vary depending on each woman, but try to do the math: every month, during between 3 or more days, changing every 2 or 3 hours – here again those numbers can differ – well it ends being a lot! Correlating to the world feminine population this is approximately 7 billions of tampons and pads polluting the planet each year. Tampons and pads are not the only problem, the packaging, plastic applicators, cost of transportation and costs of production should also be taken into consideration regarding the environmental impact.

In terms of production, farming of cotton, in the case of tampons, requires large amounts of water, pesticides and fertilizer. It results on severe health impacts on the ecosystem and on farmers, 20.000 deaths a year according to the World Health Organisation. What about applicators? Well, don’t think I have forgotten the plague of marine life: plastic! Tampons applicators are often ditch to the toilets – DON’T – and end up polluting rivers, lakes, and our oceans. The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup project collected, in 2009, 20.000 tampons applicators out of 4 million plastic waste pieces. We will finish up by having more tampons applicators in the sea than fish, not my type of food.

Last but not least, discovering the use of bleach in the production process of tampons makes you think twice about inserting them into your vagina. For some unexplained reason we tend to believe that white things are more clean, pushing the industries to come up with bleaching process of tampons using Chlorine Dioxin among other chemicals. The result is that pads and tampons are not only damaging the environment but are also threatening the women’s health.

#2 Health. Let’s just remember for a moment the math we did earlier in the previous paragraph, which was how many times a woman is using pads and tampons during her lifetime, you got it? Right. Now think about the consequences, the amount of plastic and chemicals in contact with the vagina all along period flows. This is an extremely delicate organ, capable of secreting and absorbing fluids at a higher rate than skin, putting women at a great risk of chemical exposures. That makes you suffocate? Us too.

The feminine hygiene related products such as menstrual cycles are still so unmentionable in our societies that women are not often aware of the dangerousness of the products they use regularly during their periods.

This subject is certainly not much approached from a scientific point of view, but unfortunately it is the same regarding a societal and economic viewpoint.

#3 Society and Economy. Very often products to manage period flows are subjected to taxes because they are considered a “non-essential” items. And this products are not for free! The price can be an obstacle for many women in particular from low income families and also homeless women, forcing them to resort to unsanitary methods to manage their periods.

#4 Eco-friendly solutions. Protecting the environment and embracing your femininity without damaging your body is possible. In the market today you can find many eco-friendly alternatives to chemical pads and tampons. First if tampons are indispensable to your life, try not to use applicators and look for organic cotton tampons non chlorine-bleached. And for those looking toward more sustainable solutions you can switch to reusable cloth pads and also underwear made to absorb the fluid with revolutionary tech-savvy fabrics! But, the best option is – your new green best friend – the menstrual cup. Yes finally this is it. No need to develop more on the WHY should we all use menstrual cup, for all the obvious environmentally, healthy and economical reasons we discussed above.

#5 Embrace the nature.

The cup, what is it? Well, it is a soft and flexible cup, bell shaped, made of medical silicone that you insert in your vagina like a non-applicator tampon. Cheap because reusable, the menstrual cup is good for your wallet, your health and your planet. You can keep a cup for many years, imagine the impact, no more useless packaging, no more tampons and plastic applicators dumped in the nature, and economies each month! True, the cost of a cup is about 30 euros, this may seems expensive but think that it will last at least 5 years, you won’t have to buy pads and tampons each month, what a relief. Also, unlike tampons, the cup collects menstrual fluid and does not absorb them, so your vaginal flora is respected.

How does it works exactly? It’s very simple, with clean hands of course, just fold the cup in a C shape to insert it into the opening of your vagina until it pops open and feels comfortable. You can keep it for 12 hours, depending on your flow, then you can empty it in the toilet or the sink, rinse it – never with soap to avoid yeast infections – and just replace it. It does not leak so you can enjoy your life freely and go running, swimming, whatever. So convinced and ready to join the green movement? 😉

By Mathilde Morgat

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12 Tips to SAVE the environment

We have all heard about the climate change and its horrible consequences. We normally feel useless and powerless to fight against it, but the truth is that every single one of us has a massive power and can really make a difference.  By making some easy changes in our daily life we can certainly help to save the environment.

#1 Use your car less. Walk, use your bike or public transport and if you really need to use your car, make an agreement with more people to share it. Websites like Blablacar are really useful for this.

#2 Minimize flying. When you can, use trains or buses instead of planes and when you really need to flight because of long distances try to look for direct flights.

#3 Watch the water. Simple gestures can save a lot of water and money: close the tap when you’re not using the water (while brushing your teeth, lathering your hair, etc), fix that leaky toilet, shorten your shower time, use dishwasher and washing machine when full, etc.

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Closer to Europe – razmjena mladih u Puente Genilu

Dragi svi,

od 6. pa do 15. studenog 2017. godine pet žmergovih volontera na čelu s voditeljicom Sarom Brčić otputovalo je u Puente Genil u Španjolskoj. U organizaciji Asociacion Europa 2020, udruge s velikim iskustvom u organizaciji međunarodnih radionica i treninga, održana je razmjena mladih pod nazivom: Closer to Europe. Uz naše drage volontere razmjeni su prisustvovali mladi iz Španjolske, Grčke, Italije i Francuske. Pročitajte njihov kratki izvještaj te službeni osvrt na razmjenu od strane organizatora te pogledajte fotografije.

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7 lessons I learnt traveling alone – Paula EVS volunteer

Traveling alone was something I had wanted to do for a very long time but never had the courage to actually do until October 2017. I really wanted to challenge myself, push myself out of my comfort zone and be able to succesfully manage myself in unknown places. So I took a decision I would always be glad for: I was going to travel around Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia by myself for a week.

I truly believe this kind of “adventures” are not only for experiencing them, but also for reflecting and learning from them in order to grow as a person. After evaluating the whole experience of my trip, these are (just some of) the lessons I learned while traveling solo:

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“Plastic for Fabric” workshop with ESN Rijeka

“Plastic for Fabric” was an event that our EVS volunteers Paula and David (both from Spain) organized together with ESN Rijeka (Erasmus Student Network) for international students last November 25th in Rijeka.

In this workshop, our EVS volunteers taugh the participants how to recycle plastic bags in order to turn them into matresses for dogs in the local dog shelter. All the participants brought tones of plastic bags from home and got crafty in order to help the environment and the dogs, and we are really proud of them!

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Prilika za volontiranje u Prilepu, Makedonija

Dragi svi,

u nastavku pogledajte poziv za EVS volontiranje u Makedoniji od veljače do studenog ove godine. Ukoliko ste zainteresirani, javite se na odnosno na dolje navedenu adresu kako biste kontaktirali hosting organizaciju.


I am writing on behalf of Coalition of youth organizations SEGA from Macedonia. We have one open place for Croatian EVS volunteer in Prilep, Macedonia for already approved EVS project. This is a group EVS project for volunteers from France, Bulgaria and Croatia.

We give a great chance to young people to explore Macedonia and be part of an active youth organization for 10 months. The volunteer will be engaged in the daily work in the Youth Information Center INFO SEGA and will implement different creative activities with youth and kids in local high and primary schools in Prilep.

Here are more information about the project:

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Matteovo iskustvo u Poljskoj, vol.7

Pozdrav svima,

S ulaskom u novu godinu, započeo sam svoj deveti mjesec EVS-a. Prosinac je bio vrlo dinamičan period s nizom interesantnih aktivnosti. U suradnji s fakultetom za biologiju, održali smo brojna predavanja za studente na temu održivog razvoja i obnovljivih izvora energije. Također, Fundacija je i ove godine bila nezaobilazni centar kulturnih manifestacija 09.12.2017. kada su gradjani Wroclawa imali priliku bolje upoznati svoj grad i sto se za njega čini u području ekologije.

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Doroteino iskustvo u Portugalu, vol.3

Pozdrav svima,

sa završetkom 2017. godine, završio je i četvrti mjesec mog volonterskog iskustva u Aveiru. U ta četiri mjeseca najviše vremena provela sam u centru za informiranje, Europe direct, a najveći projekt na kojemu sam radila je reorganizacija knjižnice. Za to mi je trebalo više od mjesec dana ali sam izuzetno zadovoljna s rezultatima svog rada. Sama ideja je bila moja a u provedbi mi je pomogao jedan od volontera, bivši učenik škole u kojoj volontiram. Zadatak je bio naporan, ali veoma zanimljiv te mi je pomogao u učenju portugalskog jezika kako je većina knjiga na portugalskom jeziku. Nadalje, u ovih nekoliko mjeseci pomogla sam u organizaciji i provedbi nekoliko važnih događaja; jedan od njih je izložba o 60 godina Europske unije, proizvedena u Italiji za svaku državu članicu EU. Također, obzirom na kraj godine te izvješća o radu koja je potrebno predati, radila sam na statistici te pripremi materijala vezanih uz događaje organizirane u 2017. godini.

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