Eco-trips take the environment into consideration, reducing the impact of waste, energy, and more. But where are these eco-trips? What do you need to take into consideration? And why do you need to even take an eco-trip over any other type of trip?
Unfortunately, due to minimal care in the past, the world is suffering from the overuse of non-renewable resources. This has two harmful effects. Not only is the world running out of resources, but the misuse of these resources is damaging our environment, making it an unsafe place for us to live. Eco-trips minimize environmental impact.
Green resorts offer already created eco-trips. Their location is sound, meaning that you will not be disturbing the wild life, all though you will be surrounded by it. The construction of the green resort is done using renewable energies and renewable goods. Even the local culture and foods are taken into consideration. However, there are many more aspects that go into consideration with a green resort eco-trip. Below is some information that you need to know to make sure your eco-trip is worthwhile
• Construction- First, consider the construction. Was the hotel designed in an open manner? This will reduce breezy, open-air areas, which will reduce energy consumption. Natural lighting will flow in, as well as natural air conditioners. Also, are the rooms energy efficient?
• Eco-Recognition- Is the resort recognized for its standards? Does it abide by ISO14001? Are there any awards the green resort has received for its eco-recognition?
• Future Green Technology- Does the resort promote green advances in green technology? Does the green resort use the newest energy-saving technology?
• Guest Participation- Are the guests aware of and informed of the resort-wide environmental efforts and activities? The promotion of green activities is an education for all who are interest in a green lifestyle.
• Native Environment- How does the green resort promote and protect the local culture? Is the local environment, including the fauna and flora taken into account? Is the cultural architecture and history preserved? Local cuisines and products are also a huge plus.
• Renewable Resources- What kind of renewable resources are used by the green resort? Does the resort harness solar, hydro, or wind power? Or all three? There are different renewable resources at every location.
• Safety and Quality- What are the food systems like? Are quality control systems in place? How is the maintenance department? Are the water lines monitored and flushed?
• Staff Training- Does the green resort have a strong company culture including the education and implementation of green practices? How is the staff involved?
• Stewardship- How does the green resort promote environmental preservation? Is the green resort proactive and publically involved with educating the local community?
• Transportation- Does the resort support local and energy free transportation? Do they use alternative fuel sources such as bio fuels or electrical powered vehicles?
• Waste Reduction- Does the hotel track their waste reduction? This includes the use of water, electricity, and other resources? Are there low flow toilets, showers, and faucets? Are biodegradable products used? And is the biodegradable waste recycled?