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Travel in Eco-Style

It can be challenging to weed through the sheer volume of information available today to determine the most impactful way to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle...


By Toad&Co, Rodale’s Organic Life.

[post_ads]It can be challenging to weed through the sheer volume of information available today to determine the most impactful way to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.  We’ve all heard the term “Reduce- Reuse-Recycle” as a general guide, but it isn’t always clear how to apply that mantra to everyday living in a way that will truly make a positive impact.   Get started on the path to environmentally smart living with these 3 simple steps to a greener lifestyle.
              

Travel

For the most seasoned travelers, the quest for exploration inspires a healthy respect for the earth — and with it, an overwhelming desire to protect it.   Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce your environmental impact when you travel:
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Pack Smart:  When packing for your next trip — try not to over pack.  Every pound counts in keeping planes fuel-efficient.  Bring clothing that is lightweight and versatile. Toad&Co clothing is designed to take you from trail to tavern — allowing you to pack less, but enjoy more on the road.  Toad&Co clothing is stain and sweat resistant which means you can wear it comfortably, multiple times before a wash.  You will look and feel good while saving water.  If you end up washing, don't waste your time with the dryer, instead be energy efficient and hang it up inside or outside — it will dry quickly and look great!

Conserve Energy:  Before you leave your house, unplug all electrical appliances.  Save energy at home to help balance the energy you’ll be consuming while you travel.

Fly Direct:  Planes use the most fuel during takeoff and landing, so fly direct whenever possible. To take it a step further, major airlines offer carbon offsets — making a small contribution to an environmental organization such as reforestation programs, solar farms, or organic agriculture programs help compensate for the fossil fuels you are consuming while you travel.

Buy local:  Once you arrive to your final destination, support local businesses.  This will keep the money in the community you are visiting.  Local guides, local park fees, and local businesses are what keep the travel industry alive!
                     

Food

[post_ads]Reduce the amount of meat, not air travel!  You do not have to become a vegetarian to save the world, but skipping meat, even for one meal, is better for the Earth. Plant proteins rely on fewer natural resources like land, water and fossil fuels for production.  When possible, opt for plant- based proteins instead — the switch may also help you lose weight too. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that plant protein helps people shed excess pounds and lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

There is more to plant based protein than tofu, tempeh, and seitan.  Look for hemp seeds — which have a satisfying 11 grams of protein in one serving — toss them into your morning shake.  Try quinoa, a multipurpose grain that packs 8 grams of protein in one cup.  Serve it hot or cold as a breakfast cereal, or sprinkle it in salads and soups!  Another satisfying source of protein is a handful of nuts, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats.  Even giving up meat at one meal per day can have positive impacts on personal — and environmental health.
                              

Clothing

Fast fashion — cheaper, trendier clothes — can result in an overstocked, messy closet filled with poor quality items.  Seek sustainable brands that offer organic clothing made from high quality materials.  Opt for timeless, classic looks that are well-constructed and made in a way that benefit our planet.  Seek out sustainable brands and read the labels!  Companies that care about their production, have the environment and their materials on the forefront.  They make clothes responsibly so you can feel good wearing them.  Focus your efforts on brands that offer organic, sustainable clothing, and make it a point to only shop from those companies.
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Toad&Co offers high quality clothing made from the most sustainable fibers.  These preferred fibers include organic cotton, Tencel®, and Modal®, which are some of the most environmentally sound fibers available today.  Toad&Co also uses recycled polyester which is made out of used plastic bottles. They are upcycling trash and it’s awesome.
  • Organic cotton is GMO-free and is grown according to strict organic practices that protect the land, conserve water and support biodiversity.
  • Tencel® is produced from eucalyptus trees, which grow in soil where food cannot, and are extremely efficient and clean.
  • Modal® is derived from the European Beechwood tree, which is sustainably grown and extremely renewable. Modal® is produced using an environmentally-friendly process, and the by-product can be used for sweetener, food additive, and washing powder.
  • Bluesign® Production eliminates harmful substances from the beginning of the manufacturing process and controls the standards for environmently friendly and safe production throughout the entire production line.

Toad&Co produces clothing in a way that is safe for the environment, and efficient with our natural resources.  Look for the eCo tag on their clothing that indicates that the products were created using preferred fibers.  Keep good company and shop the Toad&Co line of socially and environmentally crafted clothing.

[post_ads]Green-living is attainable, and changing a few habits to make the world a better place feels good — like organic cotton.  Be a conscious traveler, focus on leaving a low environmental impact everywhere you visit and with what you pack. Toad&Co is committed to helping you reduce your carbon footprint, no matter what your style is. Small goals have positive impacts; once you’ve mastered the small stuff you’ll be a part of the whole picture.  
                             

For more information about improving your environmental footprint, check out these articles from Rodale’s Organic Life. 

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