Sustainable in FRENCH POLYNESIA | An Honest Review of My Travel

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  1. Diane says:

    I love so much about this post I hardly know where to start!! First of all, I’m ordering period underwear right freaking now! I can’t believe I’ve waited this long. And this location looks sooooo dreamy, but I love your approach with the sustainability options. It’s the future of travel (or should be). Thanks for ALL of this information!

    • Teja says:

      OMG that’s awesome! Is it gonna be your primary solution? I haven’t dared to make it more than the secondary.
      Yes, I enjoy making this series. These articles can be a bit random but they’re the things that I notice as a travelling environmental scientist, because these are elements I have to weigh and consider at work every day, and I hope it makes it begin to occur to others as well. :)

  2. French Polynesia looks gorgeous! The blue waters seem incredibly welcoming. Your tips on traveling sustainably are really helpful. We, too, prefer spending at local businesses when traveling. It’s just good to know that the money is helping locals directly.

    • Teja says:

      It is perhaps among the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen. (I can’t decide between the Tuamotu atolls and the Atacama high plains.) I think, especially if you’re visiting developing countries, or remote communities, or destinations that otherwise have little leverage economically, it’s really important that our tourism dollars helps reduce that inequality and not make it worse.

  3. Thank you for sharing all these resources! I want to visit this part of the world and your info has helped me narrow down where to put my money. Thank you.

    • Teja says:

      You’re welcome! It’s one of the places I’ve visited where I was reluctant to leave, and felt so much was left unexplored, even though I spent at least 2 weeks there!

  4. Bree says:

    Such a great post on Sustainably travel. I use a product called Modibody underwear, its for periods, etc. I dont have periods anymore due to a hysterectomy but these undies are the best. Washable, comes in lovely colors and all different styles. For me I wear the granny ones lol they fit lovely on my body.

    • Teja says:

      You too! :D Their smallest size just about fits me. I’d rather they were a little more snug as I’m paranoid about it not working properly if they’re loose, but since they’re just a backup anyway it’s been ok. Who knew merino wool could have a use aside from being winter wear?

  5. Alison says:

    I so admire your caring, research, and knowledge in this area. We all need to know about sustainable travel, and in this article you make it very real, and not just the latest buzzword. Thank you. I’m not sure I’ll be travelling anywhere soon, but you’ve given me lots to think about when I do. I hate cruise ships, and all they stand for with regard to the environment and their impact on local communities, with a passion. And at least we’ve never stayed at a resort, which I think I hate just about as much as cruise ships. May we all get better at sustainable travel and not just talk about it!

    • Teja says:

      You know, for a long time I thought a cruise would be awesome, because I associated it with the romance of sea travel and exploration voyages. I think I kind of knew that they would have a higher carbon footprint than other travel, but I was shocked when I found out just how much more, and that other issues are common as well. I think actually a liveaboard would be what I’d go for in the future, if I can just find one that isn’t jam packed with activities…

  6. French Polynesia is definitely on our travel wish list. We would plan to spend some time and visit many islands. And would absolutely want to spend locally as we travelled. As scuba divers, we will leave our wildlife interactions to when we are in the open seas. Having seen so much trash underwater, this issue of plastic waste is an image that never leaves us.

    • Teja says:

      Miraculously, I didn’t see plastic waste underwater while in the Leeward Islands, and I hope things stay that way.

      FP was a milestone trip for me; I liked the vibe so much that I asked my boss if – hypothetically – he might let me work remotely from a boat!

  7. Clare Colley says:

    A very interesting review of being sustainable, I have to agree that I think the only option here would be to fly. It was also interesting to hear your reviews on the menstrual cup and the period underwear, I have considered the cup but never actually tried it, but it might be a good option while I am on the road. I have met people who have bought the washable pads but I think thats not an option for me. It was sad to hear about the “aquarium” but maybe with education they can come up with a better solution. It looks beautiful and I really hope I can visit one day.

    • Teja says:

      Indeed, sustainability decisions are never 100% one thing or another. It’s more a worldview than a list of things to be and do, which I try to describe in this series of articles.

      Re: the menstrual cup, right sizing makes a big difference in terms of potential for leaks. Personally, I prefer sustainable swaps that are not too much more effort than the conventional – ideally ones that are less effort overall. I think otherwise it’s harder to keep at it because it consumes more willpower than before. The menstrual cup is a fantastic swap because it just eliminates so much hassle and cupboard space, especially if you pair it with ’emergency’ period underwear.

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