Sure, it’s not the fastest way to get from A to B, but train travel has ten times the romance of that hectic and overcrowded flight you’d normally be squashing yourself into and it’s a hell of a lot better for the environment. So why not slow down the pace of life and enjoy not just the winning, but the taking part? Here we share a few of the most stunningly scenic train journeys through Europe – so pack your bags and hop aboard!
The Bergen Line
Route: Bergen to Oslo Time: 7 hours
Boasting the highest altitude train track in Europe, the Bergen-to-Oslo journey is often described as one of the most beautiful in the whole world. Journeying between striking mountaintops, deep blue fjords, stunning glaciers and sprawling pine forests, you’ll feel like you’re voyaging through an enchanted kingdom, millions of miles from the nearest civilisation. Built in 1875 and the highest point standing at 1,222m above sea level, the Bergen-Oslo journey is nothing short of magical. Check out nsb.no for more information. ... read more
Getting fit is perhaps one of the best things you could give to yourself. After all the time and effort you specially dedicate to your workouts, nothing feels more reassuring than knowing that you are in good health. Nonetheless, as we aim for our desired physical build, it would also be great if we could simultaneously do this while protecting the environment. To stay fit while being eco-friendly, here are some easy tips to remember.
With Thanksgiving wrapping up, it’s now the Christmas holidays that we can start looking forward to! It’s that time of the year once again when we express are love and appreciation to friends and family. However as we enjoy the season of giving, let’s not forget about our responsibility towards nature by thinking of alternative ways on how to shop and prepare gifts without hurting our surroundings. Here are easy ways to do it.... read more
3 Tips for Ensuring You Stay at an Eco-Friendly Hotel or Resort
If you're serious about living a greener lifestyle, you'll need to focus on your goal not just when you're at home, but when you're at work, on vacation, or away on business.
You aren't alone, either. According to Forbes Magazine, over 60 percent of travelers want greener options for hotels and resorts. This boom in what is often termed eco-tourism is becoming the norm, rather than the exception.
Here are tips for locating the greenest places to stay for both work and pleasure.
Staying in an eco-friendly resort is one way you can do your part for the environment.
Research Your Destination Beforehand
When you plan your vacation getaway or business trip, you'll need to research the possible accommodations in the area to target the available eco-friendly ones.
At TripAdvisor, green hotels and resorts are marked by a green leaf to signify those places are eco-friendly places to stay. Places that have been certified as green engage in environmentally practices such as recycling or use alternative energy sources. The program is sponsored by such respectable organizations as the U.S. Green Building Council and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Most other hotel or resort search websites will also notate if the establishment is eco-friendly. ... read more
Would you believe that every year, 14 billion pencils are produced? Most of them are produced with wood from ancient forests. Each year, Americans use about 31.5 million tons of printing and writing paper, which means that 535 million trees and 12 billion gallons of oil are required to make them.
Stay away from the hassle of waiting in a long queue just to buy Halloween costume for your kids. Instead of spending money on those ready to wear costumes, why not make your very own? Costumes do not have to be expensive. Most kids just want to wear a unique costume for the trick or treat.... read more
Candy wrappers are not recyclable. Now before someone jumps down my throat, yes they are reusable and upcyclable. There are a couple of places that collect and make stuff out of the candy wrapper material. TerraCycle does this. They actually have a program set up for candy wrappers specifically.
That being said it doesn’t mean people can throw them in regular paper or single stream recycling. The discarded candy wrapper won’t magically find its way with his other candy wrapper friends to their specific recycling program somewhere.
Most likely anyone reading this blog wouldn’t throw his or her empty candy wrapper in the wrong bin. Many of you reading this though, would be very surprised how often people do toss these wrappers into recycling bins instead of trash bins.... read more
If you've gone green in other aspects of your life, it only makes sense to start your baby's life in an environmentally friendly manner. Not only can it help you feel good about the values you're instilling in your child, but it can also be safer and healthier for the baby to be surrounded by green items.... read more
We love Halloween in my household and we love crafts. The best types of crafts are ones where we can upcycle things from our own home. I've been compiling different ideas from around the internet and I wanted to share them here on Keen For Green.
One of the planet's favorite bears, Smokey Bear, is celebrating his 69th birthday on Friday!
To celebrate, we'd like to help promote the Ad Council, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Association of State Foresters with their new campaign. There will be a series of new Smokey Bear PSAs, as a continuation of the longest running PSA campaign in U.S. history!... read more