Winter is definitely coming and can we be the only ones missing the sunshine? Whether you are lucky enough to be jetting off this winter or are doing a bit of pre-planning for next year we’ve been delving deeper for hints and tips and some great buys to take with you.
For answers to any moral and ethical travel based dilemmas go to www.tourismconcern.org.uk/ethical-travel-dilemmas/ for some well balanced advice. They answers questions such as “Should I go on a cruise”, “Should I ride an elephant”, “Should I fly” or even “Should I take photographs”
We’re big fans of www.packforapurpose.org who along with their ever-growing network of global partners enable tourists to donate supplies to charities abroad. Just use the map on the website to select your destination and it will show you what and where to take it. For example on your city break to Istanbul pack your classroom supplies for much needed schools in the eastern region of Turkey and pop them into the Ritz Carlton. Planning a safari? Many of the lodges in South Africa take supplies for schools, orphanages, conservation and community based charities. In the Caribbean, Sandals Hotels have set up their own foundation where you can even donate hours of your time to local schools to help pupils with their literacy skills.
Hopefully that’s given you food for thought on ethical travel choices, here’s a few of our favourite things to pack in your suitcase.
First stop Aspiga – one of our favourite NOYC suppliers who fight poverty through fair trade. The majority of their products are made in Kenya by small work forces giving much needed jobs to local men and women. We’ve got a few tried and tested favourites – sparkly starfish sandals, kikoys in every colour, super sheer harem trousers and silver arrow belts. From sandals to belts they have expanded into winter clothing and we might just have to sample a few bits for you. They currently have an up to 50% mid season sale so get your skates on and get shopping.
If you’re after a new cozzie head to www.mabiswimwear.com for gorgeous sustainable swimwear all the way from Sao Paolo, Brazil (well they are the bikini experts after all). With a commitment to a higher sustainability in fashion, they are setting the trend for the future.
Also don’t forget to pack a pair of Gandys flip-flops. Brothers Rob & Paul Forkan founded Gandys as a tribute to their adventurous parents who they tragically lost in the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004. Their Gandy Foundation supports Orphans for Orphans aiding underprivileged children with education, medication and nutrition. In 2014 on the 10 year anniversary of the tsunami they opened their first children’s home in Sri Lanka. From flip flops to flag ship store their story can be read in their book Tsunami Kids www.gandyslondon.com/tsunami-kids-book.html.
As always if you buy from these suppliers please do mention notonyourconscience.com – happy shopping everyone and try to limit the holiday selfies please.