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Why is palm oil bad? And is boycotting it the answer?

Palm oil is ubiquitous in our modern life. It is in one of every 2 items on a Western supermarket shelf and has over 500 different names. It has seeped into nearly every category of products we buy: from chocolate, chips, bread and butter, to cosmetics and toiletries (including razor...

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Our quest for an ethical elephant encounter: the Mahouts Elephant Foundation.

Like many people, meeting some elephants was one of the things we were really looking forward to on our South East Asia trip last year. Finding a truly ethical elephant encounter is surprising difficult, given the number of elephant sanctuaries and tourist opportunities, in Thailand especially. Elephant tourism is a...

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The best drink bottles for kids!

We have tried stacks of reusable drink bottles since having kids. Some have broken, others have become too small, and of course some have gotten lost! But we persevere because we think it’s important that our children drink quality water everyday, and we don’t want to buy disposable bottles for...

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Responsible travel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It’s easier than you think!

What makes travel to Siem Reap really special? It is the gateway to magnificent Angkor Wat, yes, and it is also a bustling city that is chock-full of responsible initiatives! Supporting sustainable businesses and social enterprises with our travel income was very important to us, and it was very enjoyable...

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Volunteering with our children at the Juara Turtle Project.

We completed our first family volunteering experience in September 2017, helping sea turtles on Tioman Island. It was even better than we could have hoped for! But is volunteering with children difficult? What was involved? And did we make a difference? This is our story.

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Merry ECO Christmas! 10 green gift ideas for home and travel.

That time of year is upon us again! Giving a gift to a loved one can be a beautiful way to demonstrate your feelings… or a stressful and expensive exercise in consumerism. The season of giving should be about thoughtfulness and gratitude, and it doesn’t need to cost the earth....