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Alden Wicker

Leading journalist and blogger on the topics of sustainable fashion + travel President @ethicalwriters 📍 Berlin 🔜 Brussels

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Sustainable tips for 3 days in Brussels? I’m speaking this Thursday on a panel at the BCI Global Cotton Conference, and gave myself an extra day to explore! Any organic, local, vegetarian restaurants; sustainable fashion; can’t miss cultural activities? #brusselsbelgium #sustainabletravel

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Instagram is a start, but true friendship begins in a deep conversation eye-to-eye. I finally got to meet two amazing eco bloggers and @ethicalwriters members, @thewastedblog and @ethicalunicorn, at the all-women @nourishinnature retreat in Portugal. And I deepened my friendship with @leotielovely and @terumah.ca over yoga, food, nature walks and conversation. I’m filled with gratitude thinking back on the week. How lucky am I to count these smart and caring women as friends and colleagues? I have no idea where I would be without their support. Thank you also to @asquithlondon, who provided the supremely comfortable yoga clothes pictured here, and @monique_pantel, who took this beautiful photo. #yogaclothes #organiccotton #ecoyoga #yogabutt

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#sponsored As we travelled through Latin America, I observed plastic waste and bottles on the side of the roads, and washing in on the waves in some of the most untouched beaches. While my wardrobe is sustainably made, I've felt a little guilty about my conventionally-made nylon suitcase. So when I found out that @samsoniteusa, which is known for durability and reliability, now has an eco-friendly suitcase made of recycled water bottles, I was thrilled. The Samsonite Eco-Nu 20" Expandable Spinner is part of the ECO-Nu line, with fabric made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. This is the perfect suitcase for an eco-traveler like me: useful, quality, and eco-friendly. #ecotravel #sustainabletravel #packingtips #packinghacks #recycledwaterbottles

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I’m a total cynic. I demand proof, I do my research, I roll my eyes at unfounded claims. I don’t like to be told what to do. So why would I sign up for a retreat with an herbalist and yoga teacher I had never practiced with before, in rural Portugal, and then convince five other women to come with me? Honestly, I have no idea. Something about the @nourishinnature retreat by @heartcentre.yoga and @sararooneyherbalist spoke to me, made me trust that it was the right move. It was. It really was. They have two more September retreats coming up with spaces still available. So if you’ve been dreaming of taking steps to improve your health, and also want to swing through beautiful Lisbon for a couple days, I urge you to read my review and see if it speaks to you too. 🧘🏻‍♀️ (Eco-friendly yoga clothes provided by @faire.shop. Photo by the talented @monique_pantel) #yogaretreat #yogaretreat2018 #ecoyoga #portugalyoga #fairepartner #ad at Coimbra, Portugal

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Let go. That was the card I pulled from the deck during our yoga retreat. It was so perfect, because I have trouble letting go when I travel. I plan everything. I make reservations, mark everything down in a map, and come up with a schedule. I want to do EVERYTHING and get upset if I miss something on the extensive list I’ve made. But I didn’t do that for Porto. I researched NOTHING. Instead, I handed those duties over to @illich_mujica and he planned the most beautiful day: the natural saltwater pool pictured here by the ocean, a typical Portuguese picnic in a park overlooking the city, a ride down the cable car, a bit of port, and then sunset on a rooftop bar. Did we miss something sustainable or popular or cool? Probably. Do I GAF? Nope. #letgo #ecotravel #portoportugal #saltwaterpool at Piscina Das Marés

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We enjoyed Lisbon so much - the people, the climate, the food, the beauty, the history, and yes, the value - that we would move here in a hot second. Except for 3 things: 1. Guilt over further driving up prices that are already so high that many Lisbonites are forced to move out. 2. Let me focus on my Spanish without throwing Portuguese in there, which sounds like a Russian speaking Spanish. 3. The smoking. Omg it’s everywhere. They have cigarette vending machines in cafes and beautiful cigarette displays inside the airport and in clubs. I cannot deal with it. I didn’t realized how spoiled I was with New York’s smoking laws! It’s fine for a visit but living there...I don’t know if I could handle it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lisbonportugal #visitlisbon #ecotravel at Lisbon, Portugal

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Do you think you can trust travel bloggers to be honest about *not* being utterly obsessed with a place? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because we all have limited time and resource, and personally I appreciate it when someone tells me to skip a travel experience or location, so I can use that time and money for something else. But it’s hard to be honest, because it can feel like a failing to not find redeeming features or authentic experience in every single place you visit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I took a risk and was honest on EcoCult about my feelings on Panama City. You only need one day there, if you’re on your way through Central America, because compared to all the surrounding countries, it can feel culture-poor, especially for someone like me who’s not into luxury hotels and helicopter rides. But if you find yourself there for work or a wedding, I have some tips on what to do and healthy/sustainable places to eat. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have you been to Panama City, and what did you think? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #panamacitypanama #honestreview #girlmeetsworld #ecotravel at Panama City, Panama

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Exploring Sintra, a former playground for Europe’s elite. It boggles my American mind the timescale of some of the elaborate manmade art and materials that you can see here: 12th century, 13th, 14th, up to the 19th. #sintraportugal #moroccantiles #girlmeetsglobe at Sintra, Portugal

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I wrote an article for Quartz that went live yesterday in which I encourage you to say “si!” (Or ja, da, ya, ere...) when a local offers you food while you’re traveling, without asking if it’s vegan, organic, local, palm-oil-free, etc. The United States has a broken food system that exploits and harms people, animals and the environment while funneling profits to executives and away from family farms. Most of the world, especially in developing countries, is not like the U.S. When you carry those morals you developed in the U.S. (or the U.K., Germany, Australia) with you to Indonesia or Normandy, you surround yourself with other people who think just like you. And miss out on a crucial experience of travel: the connection and understanding that comes over food. There’s a lot more to say, so find the link in my story highlights. Let me know what you think! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #travelfoodie #saysi #organicfoods #sustainabletravel #responsibletourism at Lisbon, Portugal

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Finally got my ride on one of the vintage trolleys in Lisbon! We got on the 12 in Praça de Figueira, instead of the overcrowded 28. The driver was amazing, singing and laughing and cracking jokes that we could hear from the back while the trolley trundled through the tiny streets. I’m so glad we finally did it! (Shirt by @siizu_official, hat and jeans from Copenhagen flea market with @bedremode, button down by @sur_le_chemin_official, belt by @nudiejeans) #tram12 #publictransportation #ecotravel sustainabletourism #lisbonportugal at Lisbon District

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Every country we’ve been to, I’ve picked out a postcard for my nephew, Josey, whose birthday was yesterday. I remember being so, so excited about getting mail when I was young, and I think today’s children get even less of that excitement. He’s now got an amazing collection of postcards from Central and South America, Copenhagen, and Finland. Lisbon is coming his way soon. I wish he could see how cute the mailboxes are here, too! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #postcards #giftidea #travelersdiary at Sintra, Portugal

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After a whole month of being apart, my love and I are reunited in romantic Lisbon. It’s the perfect city for romantic walks and dinners...and watching the World Cup. 😉⚽️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lisbonportugal #togetheragain #absencemakestheheartgrowfonder at Lisboa Portugal

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Missing my internet-turned-IRL friends from @ethicalwriters already. Where should we have our next eco-retreat? Taking suggestions! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #ethicalwriters #ethicalblogger #ecoblogger #sustainabletravel at Lisbonne (Lisbon, Portugal)

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The little electric tuks tuks in Lisbon are so cute, sustainable, and perfectly sized for the winding, hilly streets. Unfortunately, they are marketed as a novelty tourist thing, which means it will cost you EUR 20 to go on a 10 minute drive, while an Uber costs EUR 3! Uber Green is the same price, but there are so few that if you try to call one inside the city, they’re 15 minutes away, while a normal Uber is only 2 minutes away! The trams are also cute, but uncomfortably filled to the brim with tourists. These are perverse incentives that keep tourists from choosing the eco-friendly option, and annoy the locals. I know Lisbon is has a love-hate relationship with both tourists and Uber right now. Let’s brainstorm: how would you design this system to be more beneficial to locals and the environment? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lisbonportugal #tuktuk #ecotravel #publictransportation #sustainabletourism at Lisbonne (Lisbon, Portugal)

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#sponsored Raise your hand if you refuse to buy pricey organic white shirts because you know you’ll drop food on them. 👋🏻 My husband and I have been traveling with @ablyapparel’s stain- and odor-resistant clothing for 6 months now, and our t-shirts are as white (and grey) as when we first put them in our suitcase. If you’ve ever watched me eat, you know how insane that is. 😋🍷🍫🥫 Read more about their eco-friendly technology on EcoCult today! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #30wears #whitetshirt #wearitout #travelpacking #digitalnomads

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Flaneuse: a woman who strolls around, observing society. It’s the very best activity to do in Lisbon, where the pleasure is my in the destination, but the discovery of the most delightful alleyways that open out to views of a sun-drenched River. If your destination is less than 40 minutes away, opt for the walk, it is as pleasurable as biting into a sweet and flaky egg custard tart fresh from the oven. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lisbonportugal #pinkpalm #flaneuse #girlmeetsglobe #letswalk

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Oh, but the jacaranda trees in Lisbon! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #jacaranda #lisbonportugal #summerinportugal #girlmeetsworld

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I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one. - Edna St. Vincent Millay ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #summerblooms #saturatedcolors #underthesun #sanmigueldeallende #aroundtheworldpics

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