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Spring has sprung, the warmer weather is finally here, and cleaning projects have begun at home and in the office. But, does the dust tickle your nose, or does the smell of cleaning products make you apprehensive, perhaps worried about what you are breathing in? Have no fear – below are some easy solutions to make your spring cleaning healthier and greener.


  1. Make your own homemade green cleaning solutions
  2. Add plants to your indoor space to help clean your air
  3. Get rid of clutter by donating, recycling, or upcycling unwanted items
  4. Ditch the paper products for reusable cloths (old t-shirts that can be washed)

Secondhand doesn’t mean second best…

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… it means previously loved! Consider buying items from a secondhand store for a fun and thrifty way to refresh your wardrobe or decorate your home. Items such as electronics, clothing, furniture, can be resold or upcycled, keeping perfectly useful items in good condition out of our landfills. Secondhand stores often sell items in excellent condition, and will generally buy or take them back when you no longer need them.

Organisations such as Goodwill, which helps people with barriers to employment learn kills and find competitive jobs, or the Salvation Army, which raises money for its social and humanitarian programs through its thrift stores, are truly economical places to shop! As they say, one (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure. Here are some tips to help you start shopping.


Reuse and recycle books and magazines!

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Reuse and recycle books and magazines

The conservation of natural resources and recycling paper is very important. All forms of paper, including notebooks, printer paper, newspapers and magazines, are 100% biodegradable, but in order to reduce the cutting of trees, there are simple and effective ways to reuse books in addition to selling them online through socially conscious sites such as Better World Books, or donating them to a recycling service! There are many secondhand book cafes where you can buy and sell your books in countries all across the world. This is a wonderful way to positively impact a community while traveling, support and experience a local cafe, and leave with a unique souvenir.

PATA is also collecting book donations for the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, established in 2012 by the Nobel Laureate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in memory of her mother, Daw Khin Kyi. If you would like to donate gently used books, please contact us at


You don’t need super powers to add a dose of sustainability to your holiday. Check out this sustainable tourism guide and infographic. These travel tips can easily be incorporated in your trip. Peter Berg Schmidt. Read more.

Practical Tips for Sustainable Travel

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October 30 2015 – STA Travel Australia is working with charitable organisation, Soles4Souls Australia to raise awareness of the struggles facing disadvantaged men, women and children both locally and abroad, and encourage people to donate their kicks for a cause. Tara Sena-Becker Read more.

September 18 2015 -Photojournalist Taylor Weidman recently stopped by a graveyard in Bangkok, Thailand.

In the city’s Ramkhamhaeng neighborhood sits a lot peppered with parts from jets and commercial liners. What’s most interesting, however, aren’t the planes, but rather the people who live among the wreckage. Parker Molloy and Taylor Weidman Read more.


07 April 2015 – There’s a “recycling revolution” happening in Sweden – one that has pushed the country closer to zero waste than ever before. In fact, less than one per cent of Sweden’s household garbage ends up in landfills today. Zi-Ann Lum. Read more.