Earth Day, the annual holiday that promotes environmental awareness, friendliness, sustainability, and promotes “green” choices, occurred recently. It encourages me to be mindful about my own impact on the environment and how my carbon footprint can be reduced, making the world a little bit cleaner for everyone. One type of establishment that I thought about in particular were hotels – they’re open all the time, have many residents and are not frequently known for being “eco-friendly”. I found a wonderful article outlining 30 gorgeous, AND environmentally friendly hotels from around the world. I have highlighted some of the green features of two of these hotels and also shared some enchanting photos of these outstanding examples of eco-progressive hotels.
SUSTAINABLE BUILDING MATERIALS – Six Senses
Six Senses, located in Con Dao, Vietnam, is extremely focused on creating an environmentally friendly hotel establishment. The entire building was created from sustainable resources and they have also built energy reduction technology into each room as well. One of the highest usages of electricity in hotels is air conditioning. Six Senses has built each room so that air flow is maximized, thus reducing the need to utilize air conditioning in all of their rooms. The staff at Six Senses is also very passionate about reducing the business’ carbon footprint in any way possible.
LANDSCAPE UTILIZATION – Hotel Tierra Patagonia
Utilizing the environment around as it is instead of changing it to fit the needs of a project, residence or hotel, can be economically as well as environmentally friendly. That was the theory at the Hotel Tierra Patagonia located in Torres del Paine in Chile. In order to reduce their impact on the surrounding landscape (and because it is so beautiful anyway) they refused to overshadow the natural environment of the area. Within the rooms themselves you will find reduced-energy lighting, wooden walls that help maintain a comfortable temperature, and locally made furniture.
For more information sustainable hotels please have a look at the article linked at the beginning and in honor of Earth Day remember to keep it green!