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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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

Monday, October 24, 2016

Go Green and save money on the Road

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In today's economic climate, more and more of us have to face tough decisions on our daily finances. As we look to cut costs wherever possible, it is inevitable that our thoughts should at some stage turn to our vehicles.

With rising fuels costs and high levels of tax on the road, the cost of keeping a car on the road is a very real dilemma for many of us. However, with a little planning and thought it is possible to cut down on the cost of using the road. Here, we look at a number of ways in which you can reduce the impact that driving has on your finances.




Drive a More Efficient Car

Few people realise that Hybrid Cars are about more than saving the planet – in truth, they are a huge money saver. Not only will you see a dramatic reduction in the amount of fuel that you use, the reduced emissions will see you doing your wallet a favour as congestions charges and road taxes are waived.

Unlike years ago when green technology in cars was relatively new, hybrid cars are now capable of performing extremely well. New cars from Lexus demonstrate the possibility of creating a car which respects the environment without compromising on the enjoyment of driving.

Drive More Efficiently

No matter what vehicle we are driving, the way in which we operate our car has a huge impact on the amount of fuel that we use and, therefore, on the amount that using the road costs us. Being as efficient as possible with fuel use is relatively straightforward if you follow a few simple rules.

First of all, try to avoid unnecessary acceleration. If you can anticipate having to break in a moment's time, any acceleration constitutes a waste of fuel. Second, when you are stopped for a long period of time, cut the engine. Over the course of a year on the road, the savings are worth your while. Finally, be sure to use the correct gear. Travelling steadily at 40mph may seem economical, but not if you are in second gear. Your engine should not be working hard unless you are accelerating. If it is, try changing gear.

Consider Alternative Modes of Transport

For many people, owning a car is something of a necessity. However, just because owning a vehicle may be necessary does not mean that it makes sense to use it all of the time. If your journey is short, consider walking or cycling. For longer journeys, check the cost of travelling by rail – you may be pleasantly surprised by the savings you make. Save the use of your car for travelling with the family, where train travel would become expensive.

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

Friday, March 8, 2013

Green Energy: The Resources That Power Sustainable Hotels



Green energy is an overarching term used to describe power that comes from natural, renewable resources. By utilizing resources that are readily available and easy to replenish, we can cut our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce our carbon footprints. Many hotels have switched to using these renewable sources of energy, making them a great option for sustainable travel. If you are interesting in switching to a green energy supplier, visit http://www.energyproviderstexas.com and start making a difference today!
Unlike energy created from coal and oil, green energy emits far less pollution and therefore has a smaller impact on the environment. In the past few decades, green energy production has significantly increased as we find new ways to harness the resources that are abundantly available to us. Read on to discover the different types of green energy in use today.

Solar Power

Harnessing the energy from the sun started out as a way to power satellites and telescopes. Now, solar energy is used to power homes, buildings and many devices such as calculators. Unlike conventional fossil fuels, producing solar power emits no harmful emissions. With the sun as a power source, solar energy is an infinitely renewable resource that can be used anywhere the sun shines.
Solar energy is created through the capture of the sun’s energy or heat through a series of mirrored panels. These panels, often referred to as solar panels, are quiet and easy to operate, making them a great energy alternative to powering your home or business. Plus, investing in solar panels is a good way to cut down on energy costs and minimize your carbon footprint.

Hydropower

Hydropower is generated through the energy of moving water. Most hydroelectric power plants use dams, forcing water into a turbine. The running water then spins the turbine, generating electricity. To date, hydropower is the largest renewable energy source in the United States, representing 6 percent of our electric supply. In fact, thousands of streams and rivers have been dammed to produce this hydroelectricity. 
Something to consider with hydropower is the environmental impact it has on wildlife. Building dams can be harmful to aquatic ecosystems, affecting the lives of fish and other wildlife that depend on the water source. However, dam building has slowed greatly over the past few decades as the best sites for generating hydropower are already in use.

Wind Energy

We all know that wind can be a powerful force, so it makes sense that harnessing its energy would be a great alternative to power plant-generated energy. Wind energy is gathered through a wind turbine, which basically looks like a giant fan. As wind hits the turbine, it rotates the blades, transferring energy to the turbine’s generator.  The generator then converts the energy into electricity and delivers it to a power grid.
Unlike the use of fossil fuels, harnessing wind energy does not produce pollution and is an abundant option for energy. While most energy is produced in wind farms, smaller versions of wind turbines are also available to power your home. If your city permits it, consider placing a turbine in your yard to cut or eliminate your electricity bill and reduce your environmental impact.

Geothermal Power

Oil is not the only thing under the earth’s surface that is capable of powering the planet. Steam and hot water located below the surface can be captured to generate geothermal energy.  When magma gets close to the surface, it heats underground water sources, creating a high energy content. By drilling into these pockets of water, the energy can be harvested and converted into electricity.

So far, geothermal energy has been a relatively unexplored energy alternative. Unfortunately, geothermal development could have some serious environmental issues. For instance, drilling wells deep enough to harness this energy may increase seismic activity. There is also the worry that drilling could contaminate groundwater, making it harmful to drink.

Biogas

Biogas is generated through decomposing bacteria in animal manure. While it may seem like a disgusting idea, using animal waste for energy reduces water contamination and harmful emissions caused by manure. Biogas is largely used on the farms where it’s created. Farmers use the converted energy to power their farms and heat their water. They also use the leftover manure as fertilizer for their crops.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Uses of Solar Energy in Daily Life

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 We’ve all heard of solar energy – energy from the sun that can be harnessed for all kinds of different reasons. For example during the summer when you are growing tomatoes in your greenhouse, you are harnessing solar energy to accelerate the growing process. You don’t need solar panels to use this energy, since the glass the greenhouse is made from heats up the space inside as a direct result of the sun beating down on it. But the process is much the same.


Solar energy for heating

When we think of solar energy we tend to think primarily of using it to heat our homes. One of the most common questions people ask is ‘how much are solar panels’ so they can work out how long it will take to earn back the investment made in solar panels for their homes. The panels take the heat from the sun by using photovoltaic cells and convert it into usable heat for the home.

Solar energy can also be used to heat water to use in various ways inside the home. This requires a different type of installation but it is worth doing if you want to make the most of solar energy in your home in as many ways as you can.

Using solar energy to grow food

With the cost of many types of food skyrocketing in recent times, more and more people are going beyond growing tomatoes as mentioned above. They are growing their own fruit and vegetables at home, providing better taste and cheaper crops than they would buy in the supermarkets. If managed properly, this process can make the most of solar energy to grow good crops with good yields all year round – even during the cooler winter months.


Benefiting from sunlight

Of course we don’t need solar panels or green fingers to benefit from sunlight in a much more crucial way. While we need to protect ourselves from getting too much sunlight, we do need to make sure we get some sunlight. It helps to lift mood and also generate the vitamin D our bodies need to help boost our immune system.

So you can see that solar energy is very powerful and can be used in lots of ways in day to day life. How many ways are you using it – and what else could you do to make the most of it?





Image Courtesy: freetricityenergy.blogspot.co.uk, coventrytelegraph.net
Article provided by Lenka from solarpanels.co.uk