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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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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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Online peticija protiv LNG terminala u omišlju

Pozdrav svima!!

kao što vjerojatno znate, planira se protivno prostornom planu Općine Omišalj i Primorsko-goranske županije napraviti plutajući terminal u Omišlju. To je brod od 300-350 m dužine i visine 17 katova.

​Investitori, tvrtka LNG Hrvatska, planira koristiti najgoru tehnologiju za reuplinjavanje – korištenje mora, a takva praksa uz korištenje veliih količina varikine, za posljedicu ima rashlađivanje mora i ubijanje planktona, kao i prenošenje klora u prehrambenom lancu. K tome, studija o utjecaju na okoliš je loše napravljena i zapravo ne ocjenjuje, već opravdava projekt.

Kao što također vjerojatno znate, u subotu, 3, ožujka, održan je veliki prosvjed u Rijeci na kojem je zaista mnogo građana i stanovnika županije potpisalo peticiju protiv projekta.

​ Svi vi koji to niste učinili, evo prilike. Vi i svi Vaši bližnji koji su protiv projekta peticiju mogu potpisati klikom na sljedeći link: 

Hvala svima!!

Prvo ovogodišnje izdanje Ekološkog sajma Opatija

Ekološki sajam Opatija je protekle subote, 10.2.2018., predstavio najbolje proizvode lokalnih i regionalnih OPG-ova i pritom oduševio posjetitelje. Prvi put ove godine svi posjetitelji sajma imali su priliku napuniti svoje “košarice” ukusnim, zdravim i zaista korisnim proizvodima i to tijekom prekrasnog i sunčanog subotnjeg jutra.

U subotu, 10. veljače 2018. godine, ispred opatijske tržnice Mrkat od 8 do 13:30 sati, 18 eko certificiranih proizvođača iz cijele Hrvatske predstavilo se građankama, građanima i gostima Opatije. Ponuđeno je pregršt eko namirnica i proizvoda, a na temelju viđenog, posjetitelji su se itekako opremili sezonskim povrćem, medom, žitaricama, brašnom, tjesteninom, kruhom, uljem (maslinovo, bučino, konopljino i dr.), ljekovitim biljem, rakijama, eko sredstvima za čišćenje, kozmetikom te mnogim drugim zanimljivim proizvoda naših vjernih proizvođača. Na sajmu se tradicionalno predstavila i Udruga Žmergo, organizator sajma koji se već 9 godina održava ispred opatijskog Mrkata, a ovim putem Žmergovci Vam poručuju kako ćete i u ožujku imati priliku uživati u blagodatima Ekološkog sajma Opatija. Stoga, vidimo se u trećem mjesecu na drugom Eko sajmu u 2018. godini…

Ekološki sajam Opatija provodi se u sklopu projekta Žmergov ekološki centar koji financijski podupire Grad Opatija.


Dragi svi,
ove subote održati će se prvi opatijski Ekološki sajam u 2018., na već dobro poznatom starom mjestu – ispred tržnice Mrkat u razdoblju od 8 do 13:30 sati. Kao i do sada, na sajmu će se okupiti dvadesetak eko certificiranih proizvođača koji će svoje ukusne i korisne eko proizvode ponuditi građankama i građanima Opatije, kao i svim njenim posjetiteljima.
Na samom početku 9. sezone Eko sajma u Opatiji, proizvođači će Vam predstavitii šarolike i prirodno uzgojene proizvode poput voća, povrća, meda, mliječnih proizvoda, žitarica, kruha, ulja (maslinovo, bučino, konopljino i dr.), ljekovitog bilja, kozmetike i druge ekološke blagodati.

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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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Matteovo iskustvo u Poljskoj, vol.7

Pozdrav sima,

Moj sedmi mjesec EVS-a u Poljskoj se zaključio s velikom pobjedom Fundacije Eko Razvoja u kojoj volontiram.

Nakon tri godine intenzivnog rada, regionalni parlament u Wroclawu je izglasao novi zakon s kojim se u potpunosti zabranjuje korištenje peći na ugljen i drva. Naime, peći za grijanje su najveći uzročnik smoga i zagađenja zraka zbog kojeg u Wroclawu i okolici svake godine 3000 ljudi umire.

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Kraj projekta “Lokalna partnerstva za transparentno upravljanje lokalnim resursima” i predstavljanje brošura

Udruga Žmergo u partnerstvu s udrugama Eko Pan (Karlovac) i Zelena akcija (Zagreb) te u suradnji s brojnim jedinicama lokalne samouprave, Pravnim fakultetom u Rijeci i Fakultetom za menadžment u turizmu i ugostiteljstvu u Opatiji, od studenog 2015. godine provodila je projekt „Lokalna partnerstva za transparentno upravljanje prirodnim resursima“. Projekt se provodio u tri županije: Karlovačkoj, Primorsko-goranskoj i Zagrebačkoj. Cilj projekta bio je potaknuti na dugotrajna partnerstva i suradnje, primarno na razini civilnog i javnog sektora, kako bi se osigurala učinkovita, sustavna i transparentna zaštita okoliša i prirode.

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Doroteino iskustvo u Portugalu, vol.2

Pozdrav svima,

javljam se iz Aveira u kojemu živim i volontiram već 2 mjeseca. Kako sam zadnji put bila veoma kratka, ukratko ću vam opisati što radim. Dakle, najviše vremena provodim u centru za informiranje, Europe direct, u kojemu sam dosad pomagala u promociji, izvedbi i analizi projekata te reorganizaciji knjižnice. Nadalje, srijedom zajedno sa svojim cimerima i drugim volonterima učim portugalski jezik, kulturu i povijest, četvrtkom poslijepodne sam s učenicima s posebnim potrebama a petkom imamo vanjske aktivnosti. Zasad mogu reći da sam zaista zadovoljna poslom koji obavljam jer je usko povezan s mojom strukom (studirala sam kulturalne studije) i zato što konstantno učim nešto novo. Rad s djecom nije lagan, prvenstveno zbog jezične barijere, ali mi i to pomaže pri učenju portugalskog jezika.

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Matteovo iskustvo u Poljskoj, vol.6

Pozdrav svima, zovem se Matteo i javljam se iz Wrocława gdje odrađujem svoju Europsku Volontersku Službu. Zaista je teško povjerovati da je prošlo već šest mjeseci od kada sam došao u Poljsku. Gledajući unatrag primjećujem kako se dosta toga izmijenilo. Aktivnosti kojima se bavimo su dobile jednu novu, dublju dimenziju, postale su kompleksnije, razrađenije a i sam moj pristup prema ekologiji i s njom povezanim problemima je dobio jednu drugačiju perspektivu. Znanje i iskustvo koje sam dobio radeći uz stručnjake u jednoj od najutjecajnijih EKO udruga u Poljskoj je zaista neprocjenjivo.

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