5 simple solutions to save the world

With the emphasis on simple. We know, these tips are mega-childish, but there are still people out there who don’t dispose of their trash correctly or leave the tap running while they’re putting toothpaste on their toothbrush. We’ve dumbed it down a bit so they can also understand.

Plus, we’ve made it into a game. Everybody loves games. Therefore, five idiot-proof ways to make the Algarve better, cleaner and nicer (your kids will love them). 

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2017

Picture above by Lex Aliviado


1. Play the shape sorter game

In the Algarve they have these amazing free giant shape sorter toys for adults. They’re called recycling bins. The blue one with the rectangle slit is for paper, the green one with the round hole is for glass bottles, and the yellow one with the square hole is for plastic packaging and cans. Get all your trash in the right one under 10 minutes and you’ll get a Gold Star!

Basically, just try to live a bit more eco-friendly. Oh, and when you’re camping wild, don’t be a jerk.

Picture below by Kyle Rodriguez


2. Play the super scout game

Enjoy the Algarve is a bit wary of groups of people in uniforms claiming they know better. Still, we make an exception for the super scout game. The goal: earn your virtual Super Scout TM Badge by getting to 100 points a day. Smile: 3 points. Chat to a stranger: 4 points. Take unused items to a charity shop: 11 points. Help your blind neighbour cross the street: 15 points. Instead of shouting to that idiot who almost killed you by cutting in front on the roundabout, give him/her a friendly wave: 23 points (waving with only your middle finger doesn’t count). Do an hour volunteer work: 83 points. Donate to Enjoy the Algarve magazine: 98 points. Adopt a stray dog/cat: 6832 points.

Don’t want to play games and think our suggestions are stupid? Donate some money to charity instead.

Picture below by Allef Vinicius


3. Play the desert survival game

Imagine you and your friends are lost in a desert and only have 12 litres of water a day each. The one with the most water left at the end of the day is the winner. Hints: Would you use it to wash your car? Leave it running down the drain while you put toothpaste on your toothbrush? Take 40 minutes long showers? Didn’t think so.

Basically, try not to waste the water. Especially not when it’s summer and 38˚C. Want some tips on how to actually enjoy the yucky tap water in the Algarve? Click here.

Picture below by Aidan Meyer


4. Play the example game

Enjoy life and lead by example. That’s the only rule of this game. Encourage others to change the Algarve for the better by doing so yourself. Whether that’s by growing your own veggies, by dancing in the street, by passing on the link to Enjoy the Algarve magazine or by turning off the lights when you go to sleep, that’s completely up to you. (This is like one of these free- spirit-creative-holistic games that don’t have strict rules).

Warning: if you become one of these annoying ‘I-know-best-so-therefore-the-whole-world-needs-to-do-as-I-want-otherwise-they-are-bad-and-they-should-be-told-how-bad-they-are’ persons then it’s Game Over and you’ve lost. Big time.

Picture below by Dương Trần Quốc


5. Play the marathon game

See if you can walk a marathon (42 kilometres) in a week. That’s like 6km of walking a day. Easy-peasy you’d say? Not really. Because every time you get into a car, there’s a 10km penalty, regardless of the distance you drive. Using train, bus or plane leads to a 5km penalty and going by bike gives you a 2km bonus.

What you can win if you’ve managed to successfully play the marathon game for seven weeks in a row, you ask? You’ll feel better and healthier. And you can stuff your face with pasteis de nata while still being able to fit into those trousers. Double-win!

Picture below by Jacob Miller


See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2017


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