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10 cool bamboo products for hotels and everyday use

In a world where depletion of natural resources is a growing problem, the use of a quickly renewable material instead of finite resources can provide a solution. Bamboo is such a renewable material. In fact, it is one of the most sustainable, eco-friendly and renewable materials for the manufacturing of everyday products. It can grow exceptionally quickly, without the need of fertilizers, pesticides or much water. Bamboo is so fast-growing that it can produce 20 times more material than trees on the same area. A bamboo forest also releases about 35% more oxygen into the air compared to a tree forest of the same size.

To inspire you, we listed 10 cool bamboo products for hotels and everyday use.

Bamboo towels1)  Bamboo towels
Bamboo towels are not only eco friendly, they are also super soft and super absorbent. Since bamboo is naturally mildew resistant, these towels will not suffer from a damp smell.The towels from Nandina Organics are available in several patterns and colors to perfectly match any hotels interior. (www.nandinagreen.com)

2)  Bamboo sheets
These bamboo sheets of Bed Voyage are exceptionally soft. Bamboo SheetsThe fibers are hypo-allergenic and perfectly suitable for people suffering from allergies or eczema. Because of its unique thermal regulating qualities, you can stay cool in summer and warm in winter. (www.bedvoyage.com)

3)  Bamboo toothbrush
Smile Squared has a program that gives an Bamboo Toothbrushenvironmentally-friendly bamboo toothbrush to a child in need in a developing country for each one sold. When trying to prevent chronic diseases, dental care is an important part. Smile Squared aims to give away one million toothbrushes by 2015, for healthy smiles all over the world. (www.smilesquared.com)

Read more: Smile Squared Launches a One-for-One Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

4) Bamboo soap
Bamboo Charcoal Soap from The Healing Tree contains only Bamboo Soapfour ingredients: vegetable oil, water, glycerin, and bamboo charcoal. It is high in absorbency, so that it can draw dirt from deep inside the pores. It is hypoallergenic, fragrance free and without added colors or harmful chemicals. (www.healingtreeproducts.com)

Bamboo Sunglasses5)  Bamboo sunglasses
These sunglasses designed by Plantwear are made from high quality bamboo. Plantwear wants to give back much more to mother nature than it takes. Even though they only use a small piece of a tree for every pair produced, they currently plant about 50 trees a month in a tropical rain forest in Brasil via The Nature Conservacy Foundation. (www.plantwear.eu)

6)  Bamboo toilet paper
Bambex toilet paper is made of sugar cane and bamboo. Sugar Cane Bagasse is a by-product of sugar making, so it has no further impact on the environment. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing grasses, is easily replenished and grows in very hardy conditions, with limited water. Using this toilet paper minimizes the impact of tree logging needed for conventional toilet paper.

7)  Bamboo cups
These 6 colorful cups are made from a 100% biodegradableBamboo cups bamboo and corn compound. They are lightweight, dishwasher safe up to 40°C, and bring a natural, colorful touch to any indoor or outdoor setting. Zuperzozial designed the cups to be stylish as well as durable, with the earth’s future in mind. (http://www.iconhomeware.com.au/p/cups-assorted-colour-7.5-x-7.5-x-7.5cm-bamboo-corn/PU9CUP6A)

8)  Bamboo sink
This sink, designed by Totally Bamboo, is not only beautiful; it is also incredibly durable. It is made of high quality 100% renewable Moso bamboo and professionally sealed with a waterproof polyurethane to create a maintenance-free finish. The bamboo is grown without fertilizers, insecticides or artificial water supply. (www.totallybamboo.com)

9)  Bamboo towel rack
This bamboo ladder from DealHippie can be used as a towel rack, for hanging clothes or just as a beautiful bathroom accessory. (www.dealhippy.com)

Bamboo Soap dispenser10)  Bamboo soap dispenser
 This bamboo soap dispenser is made from bamboo with stainless steel, creating an eco-friendly, stylish bathroom accessory. The set consists of a water cup, soap dispenser and toothbrush holder. (www.allthingsgoodstore.com/product.asp?pfid=D1223&dispcat=0)

10 tips to enrich the cultural experience of your guests by including staff members

Luxury travel is nowadays more and more about local experiences and authenticity than just about being pampered. Touristic trips and excursions organized by impersonal companies can increase your knowledge on the local culture to some extend, but how much nicer is it to have an authentic experience by meeting real people and getting to know real customs of the region you’re visiting?
Having your local staff members organize excursions, workshops and events will enhance your guests’ cultural experience. Also, guests will bond with your staff members, have a better overall experience in your hotel and will more likely want to come back next year!

Here are 10 tips for events that will enrich the cultural vacation experience of your guests by including your local staff members.

Cooking class1) Cooking class
Enjoying local food is an important cultural experience when travelling. Gaining knowledge about local products and dishes will surely enrich your guests’ vacation experience.
Organize a simple cooking class with one of your staff members. Anyone from your staff that enjoys cooking can give the class. Most important for your guests is the experience, not creating michelin-starred qualified food. Have your ‘cook’ explain about the local products and make a simple, local dish. Enjoy the meal with a good glass of your local beverage.

2) Tour to the local market
Visiting a local market will give guests good insight in the culture of the country or region.
Let one of your staff members organize a tour to the local market. Let him or her explain about the local products, fruits and vegetables and explain how it is used in daily life.

3) Evening of local myths storytelling
Every country or region has its own myths and legends.
Organize an evening where you let your staff members tell some of the local myths. Bring your guests together around a campfire while they enjoy a local beverage and let them listen to some of the most beautiful stories about the region.

4) Walk through a local villageWalk through a local village
A walk through a local village will be an interesting experience for most tourists. Have one (or more) of your staff members guide your guests through the village they live in. This way they can meet the real people, visit the real villages and watch the real daily life.

5) Quiz on facts about the country or region, with mixed teams
Most travellers love to know some interesting facts on the country or region they are visiting. Organize an ‘I love Thailand / India / Costa Rica / your destination quiz’. Make mixed teams, each team consisting of both locals and tourists. Think of cool, funny, interesting questions that concern the specific country, region or culture.
And of course, think of a nice “local” prize for the winning team!

6) Sports competitions in the local sport, with mixed teams
Sport can be fun, healthy and bonding. Organize a sport competition in one of the local sports, for example football, badminton or (beach)volleyball. Make mixed teams, each team consisting of both locals and tourists. Be ready for a day of fun, play and good competition!

7) Workshop about local, natural cosmetic products
In a world where cosmetic goods are more and more expensive, chemical and damaging for the environment, people are looking for natural alternatives. In many regions locals use products directly from nature to moisture, nourish and smooth their skin and hair. Have a staff member explain about the local, natural plants and products they use as cosmetics.

8) Workshop on making a local handicraft product
Bringing home local handicraft products is always a good memory of a vacation, but it’s even nicer to make something yourself! Create a workshop where your staff members help your guests making their own local handicrafted product. Think of a bowl made of a coconut, a woven basket or a traditional painting.

9) Attend a local religious ceremonylocal religious ceremony
Visiting a temple, church or other religious building can give some insight in the local culture. But by attending a ceremony with one of your staff members, your guests will surely gain a lot more knowledge.
Have your staff members invite guests to attend a local religious ceremony. Let the staff member explain about the ceremony and make sure that your guests are guided through every step of the event.

10) Workshop on local dance and/or music
Dance and music are at the basis of most cultures. Watching local people dance or make music is an important part of cultural understanding, but dancing and making music yourself is even more fun! Organize a workshop where one of your staff members teaches your guests a local dance or music piece.

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