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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 ethical elephant experience in Thailand: the Mahouts Elephant Foundation.

Like many people, meeting some elephants was one of the things we were really looking forward to on our Southeast Asia trip. Finding a truly ethical elephant experience is surprisingly difficult, given the number of elephant sanctuaries and tourist opportunities, in Thailand especially. We were pleased to find the Mahouts...

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The best drink bottles for kids! Reusable, reliable & leak-proof.

We have tried stacks of kids water bottles over the years. 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’s water bottles are of high quality, and we don’t want to buy disposable...

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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.

Our first family volunteering experience was helping sea turtles at the Juara Turtle Project (JTP) on Tioman Island, Malaysia. And it was even better than we could have hoped for! Below is a detailed account of the tasks we helped with, what it was like at JTP, and what volunteering...

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Staying at Kahang Organic Rice Eco Farm (KOREF)

This was our first farm stay and first taste of rural Malaysia. KOREF has beautiful, rustic accommodation that caters for large groups as well as family bookings like us. When we arrived we thought it might have had its day, as we were practically the only ones staying there. But the following...