Today’s news is primarily about crises: the economic crisis, refugee crises, and degradation of nature. At the same time sustainable initiatives are blossoming, such as renewable energy and storage thereof, recycling, the sharing economy, and community supported agriculture. We are sailing around the world to look for and report about these sustainable solutions.

By sharing our stories we aim to raise awareness about the urgency for sustainable change and inspire our followers and those we meet on our trip to use the tools we encounter and describe. Using mostly wind and solar power to travel and charge our batteries, we also aim to travel as sustainably as possible.

Sustainable solutions we have described so far are listed below. Click on the theme to read some background info on the topic.


Buildings

Sustainable solutions - Buildings - Rockwool

Insulation to Reduce Energy Use – the Danish Way: What makes insulation a sustainable solution and how have government policies in Denmark contributed to more energy efficiency.

 


Climate

Sustainable Solutions - Climate - Copenhagen

Copenhagen’s Climate Actions: What the Danish capital is doing to adapt to climate change and become carbon neutral by 2025, thereby setting an example for other cities to follow.

 


Community

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Ecovillage Findhorn has one of the lowest ecological footprints of all industrialized societies. Intriguing. What can the world learn from the community in this ecovillage?

 

 

 

Totnes is where the “Transition Town” movement started. We learn how a focus on local food, renewable energy, energy neutral living and the local economy makes a town more resilient and sustainable.

 


Economy

Sustainable Solutions - Economy - Unverpackt Kiel

Living without waste: How Germany’s first packaging-free grocery store, Unverpackt Kiel, is helping consumer to reduce waste.

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Solutions - Economy - Sharing Economy

Amsterdam Shares: Sharing is the new owning – how Amsterdammers are sharing tools, bikes, games to save money and natural resources.

 

 

 

Social Sustainability at Mondragon: The wind takes us across the Bay of Biscay to visit the Mondragon Group. We learn how democracy at the Basque workplace increases social sustainability.

 


Ecosystems

Sustainable Solutions - Ecosystems - Plastic Soup - Grondstofjutters

Solving the Plastic Soup: What the Netherlands is doing and what you can do to reduce plastic waste.

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Solutions - Ecosystems - Nature Protection

Protecting Nature through Access and Education: How Sweden’s right to roam (allemansrätten) and scientific legacy led to its pioneering role in nature conservation.

 

 

 

Creative with Cork: In Portugal we learn all about the environmental and social sustainability aspects of cork. Time to get more creative with this remarkable natural material!

 


Energy

Sustainable Solutions - Energy - Samsø - Heating plant Nordby

Getting Energy on Samsø: How an island became independent with renewable energy.

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Solutions - Energy - Orkney tidal turbines on shore

Marine Energy in Orkney: Orkney is leading the way when it comes to developing marine energy. Harsh conditions for sailors, great for renewable energy from tides and waves!

 

 

 

 

Spanish Solar Energy at Night: In one hour enough solar energy reaches the Earth to provide energy for everyone for a year. But how will we harvest and store it? Spain has the solution.

 


Nutrition

Sustainable Solutions - Nutrition - CSA Kattendorfer Hof

Community Supported Agriculture: How the Kattendorfer Hof is connecting its customers to the organic farm.

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Solutions - Nutrition - Permaculture at Kosters Trädgårdar

Permaculture: How a family on a Swedish island applies permaculture principles on their organic farm.

 


Spirituality

Eradicating Ecocide: How can the legal system help to protect the earth? We meet “Earth Lawyer” Polly Higgins and learn why and how ecocide should be eradicated.

 

 

 

Hooked on hiking: We travel to Santiago de Compostela, the end point of the St. James Way. And learn how hiking can be both a spiritual and a physical sustainable solution.

 


Transportation

Sustainable Solutions - Transportation - Cycling Amsterdam

Cycling in Amsterdam: A sustainable transport solution that could work in your city as well.

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Solutions - Transportation - Tesla on Ampere

Electrified Norway: How hydropower generates electricity for electric driving and the world’s first fully electric car ferry.

 

 

 

Emission-Free Shipping over Sea: In Porto we moor next to Fair Transport’s sailing cargo vessel Tres Hombres. Their mission: to promote emission-free transport and to minimize transport.