Sailors for Sustainability

Two sailors in search of sustainable solutions

Sustainability

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We chronicle our sailing trip around the world in search of sustainable solutions for humanity and our planet.

All over the world, dedicated people are working on inspiring solutions, paving the way to a sustainable society.

Climate disruption, inequality, pollution, and biodiversity loss are just some of the challenges we need to tackle.

Earthship Ushuaia (ARG)

Earthship Ushuaia (ARG)

In Ushuaia we visit a self-sustaining Earthship built with recycled and natural materials. A truly sustainable building example from the end of the world.

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Natural Coffee (BRA)

Natural Coffee (BRA)

We visit a coffee forest in Brazil and learn all about the environmental and social benefits of agro-ecology. Surely the preferred way to feed the world!

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Food Forests (BRA)

Food Forests (BRA)

In Brazil, Ernst Götsch explains to us how to grow healthy food in cooperation with the forest, an inspiring solution for the widespread deforestation.

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Casa Tambor (CPV)

Casa Tambor (CPV)

Casa Tambor - Where the Beerens and Molenaar families are demonstrating how to use local and recycled building materials on Cape Verde.

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Energy on El Hierro (ESP)

Energy on El Hierro (ESP)

On the small and remote Spanish island El Hierro, we visit a world-leading renewable energy storage solution that combines wind- and hydropower!

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Greek Gold (GRC)

Greek Gold (GRC)

In Greece we take a closer look at olive oil, which is an integral part of Greek history and culture. And discover ways of growing olives sustainably.

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Rewilding Kalamos (GRC)

Rewilding Kalamos (GRC)

On the Greek island of Kalamos, we learn about rewilding. We are inspired by the way this form of ecosystem regeneration balances natural and human needs.

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Ibiza’s Green Heart (ESP)

Ibiza’s Green Heart (ESP)

Sustainability on a party island? We sail to Ibiza and discover its Green Heart at Casita Verde, where Chris Dews leads many inspiring initiatives.

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Creative with Cork (PRT)

Creative with Cork (PRT)

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

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Hooked on Hiking (ESP)

Hooked on Hiking (ESP)

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.

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Transition Town Totnes (GBR)

Transition Town Totnes (GBR)

In Totnes, home of the Transition Town movement, we learn how a focus on local food, renewable energy, energy neutral living, and the local economy makes a town more resilient and sustainable.

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Sailing

Through our “Logbook” blogs and vlogs, we tell the story of our sailing adventure and showcase the earth’s beauty.

Thanks to our renovated classic sailboat Lucipara 2 we can circumnavigate the earth on wind power. 

Find out where we have been, where we are we now, and where we plan to go next.

27 December 2016 – The Portuguese West Coast

27 December 2016 – The Portuguese West Coast

From the Islas Cíes in Spain we sail south to Porto, where we meet sailing cargo ship Tres Hombres. They have no engine, so we help them move upriver and moor next to them in central Porto. We also go on a port wine expedition in the Douro valley before heading further south via Aveiro and Nazaré to Cascais and Lisbon.

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11 August 2016 – The Norwegian Riviera Revisited

11 August 2016 – The Norwegian Riviera Revisited

From Thor Heyerdahl's and Colin Archer's hometown Larvik we take a train to visit Oslo, then sail to Sandøya to spend time with new friends. They spoil us with delicious food and fishing instructions. Further down the coast, friends we made last year, Marianne and Ragnar, welcome us again. After a wonderful time there we head to Mandal for birthday celebrations.

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About Us

We are Ivar and Floris, two Dutchmen with a love for the natural world and a passion for travel.

An industrial engineer and a lawyer sailing to find sustainable solutions? Learn more about us and contact us with your ideas and questions.

Our mission can only succeed if many people share and apply the sustainable solutions. There are many ways in which you can help us achieve that!

We publish about the sustainable solutions we find and our travels on partners’ sites and magazines. And sometimes the media writes about us.

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