What’s Zero Waste Food? (HLW #3)

Let’s kick off this week’s edition of Hidden Lemur Weekly with a terrific Atlantic mini-doc about a “zero-waste restaurant” in England. 

The team at Silo, first opened by British chef Douglas McMaster in 2014, uses package-free trading, composts all unfinished food and brings that compost back to the farms where they source their ingredients, and have even gone so far as using coconut husks to scrub dishes.

If you’ve got a favorite sustainable eatery that you’d like us to signal boost, shoot us a recommendation

One of my favorites, for example: Betty’s Bowls in Medellin, Colombia, which serves up some of the most decadent acai bowls you’ll ever see, using compostable containers and locally-sourced fruits. 

(Editor's note: This article is part of our new sustainable travel newsletter. If you think you'd like to receive a regular dose of sustainable travel news and inspiration, sign up here.)

Plans in Place

More 2020 travel guides? Yeah. More 2020 travel guides. 

Follow your taste buds from Kosovo to Nigeria with the help of Eater’s Places to Eat in 2020

Here’s the New York Times’ always excellent 52 Places Guide for 2020.

And finally, some eye candy: Architectural Digest’s Design Lover’s Guide to Sustainable Travel in 2020.

This Week’s 2030 Goal

If you’ve been following Hidden Lemur’s Instagram, you might’ve noticed we’ve been delving into the UN’s 2030 Goals for Sustainable Development along with some tips for how you can easily support the pursuit of these goals as a traveler. 

#2 on the UN’s list: Zero Hunger. As of 2017, 821 million people were undernourished. That’s 1 out of every 9 people globally.

Among the most impactful measures that organizations and governments can take to address hunger in a sustainable way is by better supporting small-scale and family farmers. As a sustainable traveler, you can do your part by eating locally-grown produce and providing a valuable economic boost to local agriculture sectors. That money can help provide better food security for at-risk locals in the area.

You can also support or partner with both global and local organizations — like the World Food Programme — that are devoted to addressing hunger. 

Odds and Ends

Is travel worth the carbon footprint? This Outside Online editorial argues yes.

(And for what it’s worth, here’s our guide to flying sustainably.)

Money talks. And this week, money’s saying that travelers are increasingly seeking out locally-run tourism experiences, as ToursByLocals looks to be set for expansion after a recent funding round

One locally-run walking tour we’d recommend? The Worst Tours, in Porto, Portugal.

Got another locally-run tour to recommend? You know the deal. Let us know about it.

Until next week, friends.


Conor is the founder of Hidden Lemur. He's deathly afraid of bees.

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