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What is Greenwashing?

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Being conscious about your carbon footprint and the activities you’re doing to live a more eco-friendly life are steps in the right direction. This is true for both business owners and consumers.  However, many companies, brands, and the media have started using green-living buzzwords to exaggerate reality, blurring the lines between what’s eco-friendly and what’s …

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15 Sustainable Fashion Brands

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There’s not a single brand or business that isn’t feeling the financial crunch of the pandemic, especially when it comes to fashion brands. Many consumers have drastically cut back on spending and shopping, and clothing companies are feeling heavy losses as they temporarily shutter stores and see a reduction in online orders. You can do …

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Start Packing: 5 Sustainable Travel Destinations for 2020

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As I’ve been learning in my Sustainable Tourism class here on O’ahu, sustainable travel isn’t just a trendy buzzword, and it’s not just about the natural environment. Sustainability also includes the local economy, the culture, heritage sites, groups, and events. Creating a resilient tourism industry allows a country to continue thriving while also gaining the …

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Staying at the Luxurious Rattray’s on MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa

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“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.” ― Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa Our wondrous safari journey into the heart of South Africa’s massive wilderness began after a few days exploring Cape Town and a stay at the historic Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Weary from travel, the warm air hugged us for reassurance as …

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Staying at Tongabezi Lodge in Zambia

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Have you ever heard a hippo trumpet?  The highlight of my time at Tongabezi was sitting on the deck outside our room, surrounded by mischievous monkeys, gazing out on the pods of trumpeting hippos in the afternoon sun.  When rumours spread that Prince Harry and then girlfriend Meghan Markle were staying at the Tongabezi Lodge …

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Dry T-Shirt

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‘Whateverproof.’ – ABLY I drink a lot of coffee, and am often covered in paint, dirt, or other messes from my travels and art-making! So white T-Shirts don’t tend to last long in my closet. But this shirt from ABLY has made it possible for me to wear white. ABLY makes environmentally-friendly cotton apparel that …

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An all Female Photography and Artisan Tour of Guatemala with Amanda Björn Photography

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I recently had the great pleasure of producing photo and video content for Amanda Björn’s tour of Antigua and Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. Amanda is a professional photographer who leads photo and art-oriented tours in Cuba and Guatemala. Our trip felt more like traveling with a group of friends than a guided tour, which was …

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22 Unique Things to do in Spokane, Washington: Gateway to the American West

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Washington’s second-largest city quietly boasts access to some of the finest wine, coffee, architecture, and outdoor activities in North America.  There are so many unique things to do in Spokane, from exploring historic sites to flower picking at local farms. More than half of the buildings in Spokane are on the Historic Register, and the …

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