Keeping Nowhere green
We all know flying is bad for the environment. Unfortunately, it’s also direct, quick and economical. If you must fly, consider buying carbon offsets online.
If you aren’t completely crunched for time, consider taking a train or bus, carpooling, or some combination of these. If well planned, travelling this way doesn’t take much longer and is far more pleasant.
For example, taking the Eurostar and a high-speed TGV train from London to Marseille takes six to seven hours and isn’t too expensive if booked in advance. After a walk around historic Marseille and dinner in the old port, you can hop on an overnight coach to Barcelona and join a ride share or catch the Nowhere bus.
Check out Getting there for more information and train timetables, and arrange ride shares on the forum. And why not think about a bike trip to Nowhere? We’ve had lone cyclists and groups cycling to Nowhere for the past couple of years so it definitely can be done!
Toiletries such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste often contain phosphates and other chemicals that are bad for the environment (and you!). Please only use biodegradable soap and eco-friendly toothpaste, and bring these with you as they’re not as easily available in Spain.
A massive amount of energy is used to make plastic water bottles, and in the heat the plastic taste leaches into the water, making it unpleasant to drink. While using some plastic bottles may be inevitable, it’s better to use larger containers and decant water into smaller cups or metal bottles. If camping with a large group, see if you can share one large water container.
Nowhere top tip: There’s a spring in the village of Castejon with free, running drinkable water and local people are happy for us to use it. As you enter Castejon from Nowhere, you will pass a garage on your left. Keep driving for another 1km or so until just before you get to the other end of the village. At the fork off to the right, you'll see a stone structure with a big tree shading it. The spring is in there. Take as many refillable containers as possible before making your trip to the village.
If you are sharing large water containers, make sure the people you're camping with understand how precious water is in the desert – so while it's essential you all drink enough water, a bit of soap dodging won’t kill you!
If you’ve got tips about recycling in Spain or more ideas about how to green Nowhere, please add them to the forums.