Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Singapore International Water Week 2018 : debrief


The summit was in its 10th anniversary, with more than 24,000 people in attendance discussing the next Water Challenges

"Water is for sure the next big question mark; Australia is the driest continent in the world. Its population is growing strongly and 85 percent of it is living less than 50 kilometres from the coast. Where will the additional future water supply come from if not from the sea? " asked Roch Cheroux, chief executive officer, SA Water

Cities took centre-stage in the event ; more details here




More details at the Official Website here: https://www.siww.com.sg/

His Excellency Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister, Sri Lanka delivering the keynote address. Image: SIWW

Friday, August 17, 2018

Green Travel: Wacky Eco-Friendly Accommodation


If you’re planning your next vacation, but also want to give the environment a break, why not try a luxurious yet eco-friendly holiday? For those travellers who like the finer things in life, rest assured knowing that you’ll still be staying in some of the most luxurious facilities around the globe, while reducing your carbon emissions and environmental footprint. To get you started, be sure to check out these amazing eco-friendly accommodation options.


Gorilla Safari & the Masai Mara, Uganda

If you’re looking for something that’s just a little bit different during your next holiday, why not take the adventure of a lifetime through breathtaking Africa. The Gorilla Safari and the Masai Mara Tour sees travellers experiencing various camp accommodation sites across Africa. The eco-friendly tour company which runs this amazing adventure prides themselves on giving back to nature in every way they can. Starting from the very beginning, their offices in the UK have implemented conservation and recycling programs to greatly reduce the waste produced, as well as their overall impact on the environment.
Once the tour begins, guests will be greeted by local leaders and dine on food from local suppliers, which helps to keep a valuable source of income where it is needed – in Rwanda. Spending your journey camping, you can rest at night knowing that you’re taking a step in reducing the energy consumption of travellers.

Rainforest Resort Byron Bay, Australia

Located in the lush surrounds of tranquil Byron Bay, on Australia’s magnificent east coast, travellers would expect nothing more than eco-friendly accommodation at its finest. While environmentally conscious guests will enjoy the eco-friendly advancements of this hotel, they can still enjoy the finer things in life. The secluded one and two bedroom cottages are equipped with reverse cycle air-conditioners, with eco-inverters, perfect for keeping cool or staying warm, while still reducing your footprint. A qualified remedial massage and healing therapist is also available at the resort, perfect for eliminating any nasty toxins to assist in rejuvenating your body.
For international travellers, the easiest way to access the rainforest landscape of Byron Bay is by car. If you are hiring a car from the airport, be sure to check out Australian holiday packages options, in order to find the best combo deals for flights, accommodation and car hire.

Dyfi Forest Tipi &Yyurt accommodation, Wales

So, you’ve stayed in cottages and eco-friendly resorts, but you still want to get that one step closer to nature? Well, this if the green travelling adventure for you. Dining on organic fare and indulging in holistic therapies, travellers will spend their evenings in countryside tipis, amongst a large organic farm in the Dyfi Forest. This carbon neutral accommodation option has been voted as one of the best eco-friendly destinations in the world.

Whether you’re searching for the adventure of a lifetime or a relaxing retreat, you can do it all by travelling green. Say goodbye to carbon emissions and unnecessary energy usage, as you take a positive step for travelling for the future.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

How to spot for a Green Hotel?

Hi Readers,



Following up from the previous blog post, here are some useful tips on how you can judge whether a hotel is green or not.

#1: Check for Green Labels

Starting from the most straight forward method, try to spot for Green Labels on the hotel's official website or publications. These Green Labels are often awarded by independent third party organization and thus, have already evaluated the hotels subjectively, saving you the trouble. Some examples of Green Labels include: Green Key, Green Globe and EarthCheck, which is a partner of greenty.com.
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#2: Look out for green practices

In some cases in which hotels might not display their Green Labels distinctly and publicly, it is best if you look out for environmentally friendly policies that are implented by the hotel. Here are some examples:

Recycling bins

These bins are usually placed at the hotel lobbies and facilities sites like the swimming pool. Do try to spot them the next time you visit a hotel!

No-smoking policy
To ensure high air quality for all its guests, some hotels would impose a no-smoking policy on its premises.


Linen reuse option


Do not be surprised or offended if you happen to see such signs in your room. Some hotels place such signs in their guest rooms to encourage guests to indicate whether they would like their linens and towels to be washed daily. The primary purpose of such practices is to conserve water through reduced laundry.

Bulk Soap and amenities

These bulk dispensers play a huge part in saving the environment by reducing the amount of individual packaging materials required. Many of you might not also realise the wastage of soaps and shampoos involved if these products were distributed in individual packaging; unused products would have to be eventually thrown away after every guests' stay.

Organic food
Organic food may generally refer to food that are produced without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which are mainly harmful to the natural environment due to contamination of ground water. Some hotels have actually taken steps to grow their own vegetables and fruits in an eco garden, to ensure that ingredients used in the hotel's restaurants are fresh and thus provide healthy benefits for its guests.

#3 Incorporation of hotel design and eco-friendliness

Feel free to contact the management of the hotel to enquire on the degree in which eco-friendly designs have been integrated into the construction of the property.

Some hotels have attempted to do so by using green roofs which acts as a natural heat insulator and reduces room temperature within the building.


Nowadays, it is also a common practice for hotels to install equipment that generates alternative sources of energy and water such as solar panels to create heat and water treatment systems that treat collected rain water.

#4 Involvement with staff and the local community

There is no point in designing the hotel to be environmentally friendly if the staff does not execute the green policies. Thus, it is the hotel's responsibility to train its staff on being green as they are the ones who will be managing the operations of the hotel. The employees of the hotel can also uphold the "green values" by encouraging guests to conserve water and energy.

Being green could also mean giving back to the local community of the area that the hotel is situated at. The hotel can do this by supporting local food produce, as well as highlighting the local art and culture to its guests. It can also help the needy through charity drives.

Lastly, hotels may opt to be involved in conservation projects, to protect the natural surroundings of the place. This is especially so for hotels and resorts that have beaches or tropical jungles located in proximity to its premises. Examples of conservation projects include beach clean ups and restoring of homes for the fauna and flora.



Hopefully, this post helps to clarify any confusion of what a Green Hotel really is.

Here's the links of hotels that greenty.com has rated this week; do feel free to browse through them as we continue to introduce and rate more green hotels daily.

Reserva Ecologica Pachijal
Napo Wildlife Center
Piedra Blanca Ecolodge
La Selva Jungle Lodge
Hotel Patio Andaluz
Kapawi Ecolodge
Sonaisali Island Resort
Maritim Hotel Berlin
Creativhotel Luise
Maritim Hotel Dresden
Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
Radisson Blu Hotel Berlin
The Regent Berlin
Maritim Hotel Frankfurt
25hours Hotel Frankfurt By Levi's
Barcelo Cologne City Center
Maritim Hotel Köln
Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf
Novotel Hong Kong Century
Novotel Hong Kong Citygate
Novotel Shanghai Atlantis
Hotel Alexandra
Sankt Helene Holiday Resort
Maritim Bonn
InterContinental Berchtesgaden Resort
InterContinental Berlin
InterContinental Düsseldorf
InterContinental Frankfurt
InterContinental Hamburg
Flamboyant Hotel & Villas
Le Parc aux Orchidees
Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan
Novotel Hyderabad Airport
Udayana Lodge
Novotel Bali Nusa Dua Hotel & Residences
Novotel Bandung
Novotel Bogor Golf Resort and Convention Center
Novotel Lombok
Novotel Semarang
Novotel Solo
Novotel Yogyakarta
Locanda della Valle Nuova
Novotel Milano Malpensa Airport
Novotel Milano Nord Ca Granda
Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana
Viva Wyndham Maya
Viva Wyndham Azteca
Hotel en Ixtapa
Barcelo Huatulco Beach
Barcelo Tucancun Beach
La Puertecita Boutique Hotel
Novotel Mexico Santa Fe
Scandic Sanadome
Novotel Hamilton Tainui
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Hotel Novotel Auckland Ellerslie
Novotel Capital Wellington
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Signing off,
Michelle

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Choose a Green Hotel this Summer

As the summer holidays are approaching, you may be wondering how you are going to spend it this year. Planning for a summer vacation trip? You may want to consider searching for an eco-friendly accommodation provider to add meaning to your vacation. In case you might be thinking, what is then, considered as a green hotel or resort?

Basically, they are accommodation providers that incorporate environmental friendly policies into their operations for better sustainability. Nowadays, the definition of being a supporter of sustainability has included contributing back to the society as well. Hotels that are located at an urban setting has also taken up the challenge of being eco-friendly, through simple measures like serving organic food and providing amenities in bulk instead of individual packaging. Such hotels busted past perceptions of green accommodation being just those which are located in the jungles and other natural settings.

Due to the rising number of hotels claiming to be “green”, travelers need to look out for official green certificates or labels, which are awarded by independent organizations. Greenty is one reliable website that helps you to do so, highlighting the green measures that each hotel is undertaking. Feel free to browse through our database of over 3,000 hotels that are rated subjectively by a team of green travel experts, through an assessment grid of 21 green criteria. Hopefully, you will be able to find one that meets your needs this summer.

By the way, here are some of the links to the hotels we have rated this week; enjoy the read!

Sandals Whitehouse
Sandals Montego Bay
Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa
Sandals Royal Caribbean
Sandals Grande Ocho Rios
Chukka Caribbean Adventures
Couples Swept Away
Couples Sans Souci
Couples Negril
Royal Plantation Spa& Golf Resort
Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club
Hedonism II
The Ritz Carlton Golf & Spa Resort Rose Hall
Mövenpick Resort & Residence Aqaba
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba
Scandic Neringa Hotel
The Fairmont Mayakoba
Villa del Faro
El Retono Ecolodge
Posada Yum Kin
Boca de Iguanas Beach Resort
Playa Viva


Have a nice day!

Michelle

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Ocean Cleanup Project - already raised 30mUSD

We love this project - The Ocean Cleanup by 22-year-old Boyan Slat.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of the most polluted areas of the ocean. has a potential cleanup solution. The Ocean Cleanup uses a boom to capture plastic and keep it in areas where a boat can come and periodically pick it up. The pipe moves with the waves and uses floating anchors.

The system should be fully deployed early in 2018.

 $30 million has been raised for the cleanup



Note: The Ocean Cleanup is a foundation that develops technologies to extract plastic pollution from the oceans and prevent more plastic debris from entering ocean waters. The organization was founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat, a Dutch born inventor-entrepreneur of Croatian origin[2][3] who serves as its CEO, and has received over $31.5 million in donations since foundation, from sponsors including Salesforce.com chief executive Marc Benioff, philantrophist Peter Thiel, Julius Baer Foundation and Royal DSM.[4] The Ocean Cleanup also raised over 2 million USD with the help of a crowdfunding campaign in 2014.[5] The foundation’s headquarters are in Delft, the Netherlands.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Villa-Bali.com launches GECO project ... Bali needs our help!


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If you have been to Bali, you would probably know what a stunning island it is. Also known as paradise island to some, it has always been well known for its picturesque scenery, delicious food and warm-hearted locals that would offer assistance to you anytime. If you have never been to Bali, I am sure a picture speak a thousand words..

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However, sorry to burst your bubble, this gorgeous beach that you’re looking at now, just like the other beaches in Bali, may be destroyed by the presence of rubbish soon.

In 2015, Indonesia is the fifth fastest growing economy in 2015. The amazing progress of the economic growth and rise in population number has increased the growth consumption (and waste) which also resulted in the lack of development of public services, leading to the common sight of rubbish littered all around the streets and waterways.
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Around 10 000 cubic meters of garbage (12 percent of plastic waste, 17 percent of inorganic waste and 71 percent of organic waste) is produced every day in Bali. The horrifying part is due to the lack of public services, 50 percent of this mountain of waste is left neglected and being thrown onto the roads, in open dumps and rivers that eventually lead them into the ocean! At this rate.. one day we might be surfing in a sea filled with plastic bags…. left over food…. dead fish…. plastic bottles and more. Waste mismanagement is a serious issue that can potentially result in health issues due to the ecological damage such as soil and water contamination. Adding on with the fact that plastic takes 500 years to decompose which is a timespan of 6 generations…. Definitely make this situation worse.

So, why should you be concerned? According to a general study, while a local produces around 0.5 kg of garbage per day, a tourist produces around 2 to 5 kg of garbage daily.  If all travellers play a part in reducing rubbish, we can create noticeable impact to the waste issues in Bali.

Being in the tourism industry - which is strongly dependent on Bali’s natural assets such as the amazing beaches, rice fields and more - Villa-Bali.com, the leader of villa rentals industry in Bali, has decided to step forward and make a change to give back to this beautiful island that has brought our clients endless of unforgettable memories. By launching the GECO project which consists of implementing small actions that can be easily integrated in villas, Villa-Bali.com hopes to raise awareness and create a ripple effect of more people being involved in Bali environmental issues.

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Under GECO project, villas are required to set up a waste management system and send their staff for training to learn about proper waste sorting. Villas staff will also be provided reusable bags from us so as to replace the use of plastic bags. In addition to these, Villa-Bali.com has created an eco-friendly checklist for any interested villa owners to follow and collated the green companies in Bali to form a green directory so as to provid clear direction and guidance to any villa owners, residents and businessess that may be keen in going green.

It is a small step but every step counts and we hope that you will join and walk with us on this journey.






Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Explore Canada

Every year, more than 35 million people visit Canada to enjoy the many opportunities our country has to offer, including visiting family and friends.

Canada is the 2nd largest country and the world and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west and to the Arctic Ocean in the north. Within this vast country full of natural wonder there are countless opportunities for the eco-traveller to experience ecotourism at its finest. Canada is most famous for its mountains, in particular the Rocky Mountain range. Another fantastic ecotourism choice is the Bruce Trail system that spans the Niagara Escarpment in the province of Ontario. While in this area do not miss the opportunity to visit Point Pelee Provincial Park. This is the southernmost tip of Canada and is home to a variety of flora and fauna not to be found anywhere else in Canada. As you travel west across Canada searching for ecotourism experiences, the province of Alberta will not disappoint. Alberta offers a variety of Aboriginal experiences and attractions, celebrating the recorded history of its first inhabitants more than 12,000 years ago. From celebrated provincial historic sites to little-known historic spots, there are a variety of opportunities for eco-travelers to explore Alberta’s history and cultural roots.

More details on visa here : http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp