Tag Archives: Sustainability

Easy Ways to Support Charities As You Travel

Support charities through visiting charity shops: picture of charity shop clothing rail with vintage clothes in bright colours

Charity shops are my bread and butter; I spend a lot of time scouring them, whether I’m at home or away, and I try to visit any interesting ones I pass. However, not all travellers support charities when they’re packing, holidaying or returning home, and they don’t realise how easy it is to adjust to giving something back. Here are the best ways to support charities as you travel, whatever your time and budget.

Visit Charity Shops in Your Destination

Yelp is particularly good for pre-trip research. Plus, some councils list all the shops – Edinburgh has a detailed charity shop map, designed to help locals, but good for tourists, too. read more

Sustainable Travel Explored: Meet Huw from TravelLocal

Raja Ampat Indonesia as seen in Blue Planet II with green scenery and trees edged by sand and bright blue sea - a destination covered by TravelLocal

Huw Owen is the co-founder of TravelLocal, with nearly 15 years’ experience in the travel industry under his belt, including stints mentoring travel entrepreneurs for the UN. He was the perfect person to kick-start my new blog series on sustainable travel.

Do you know a sustainable travel pioneer I should talk to for this blog series? Shout about them in the comments, or by tagging me on Instagram (Instagram.com/pollyallen), and let’s help spread the word about travelling more sustainably and ethically. read more

Global Wardrobe: Ethical African Fashion Brands

Sidai Designs made ethically in Tanzania employing Maasai women

The globalisation of fashion means you don’t need to visit a country to buy into its brands, which is great news for those of us who haven’t yet managed to make it to Ghana or Tanzania. With online shopping now easier than ever before, you can inject fresh African prints or jewellery into your wardrobe in no time at all. I’ve selected some of the best ethical labels to inspire you…

Sidai Designs

This non-profit jewellery label is based in Arusha, Tanzania, and is inspired by warriors. A recent collaboration with the Collective Boutique has seen the label reach a wider audience, with a percentage of profits through the website going straight back to the Sidai Centre, which is a vital part of the community. read more