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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 Quick Tips for a more Eco-friendly Breakfast in your Hotel

Reduce waste, energy and harmful emission by adopting these easy and quick measures:

1) Use refillable jars for jam, honey and butter instead of individual packages.Breakfast

2) Use large cereal pots instead of portion packed cartons.

3) Supplement in small portions to minimize left-overs.

4) Introduce an (partially) a la carte breakfast instead of a buffet to minimize left-overs.

5) Collect food left-overs and, if possible, donate this to local food banks.

6) Choose savory vegetarian options to replace some of the meat and cheese, such as avocado, mushroom spread or eggplant spread.

7) Offer several options of fresh tea leaves instead of packaged tea bags, to provide a surprising alternative and reduce packaging waste.

8) Provide sugar pots and salt and pepper shakers on the table instead of individual sachets.

9) Use locally grown products and fruits and vegetables of the season.

10) Complement your breakfast with a healthy, fulfilling selection to keep your guests fit and energetic.

10 Beautiful Eco-destinations around the World

1) BONITO – BRAZIL
Bonito, surrounded by lush forests and wetlands, has a vast variety of wildlife. With its impressive sustainable tourism model the city proclaims itself as Bonito“Capital of Ecotourism” within Brazil. All popular activities, like snorkeling in the Rio da Prata or rafting on the Rio Formoso are closely monitored. Swimmers and scuba divers are banned from using flippers to avoid disturbing the seabed or wearing pollutants like sunscreen or insect repellent. Most of the region’s natural attractions also regulate the number of visitors and restrict access to non-cooperating guides. Bonito was selected as the “Best destination for responsible tourism” at the World Responsible Tourism Awards at the World Travel Market in London, 2013.

2) PHONGSALY PROVINCE – LAOS
Laos adopted ecotourism as its official strategy in 2005. There are 20 national parks, 49 ethnic groups, 650 bird species, hundreds of mammals and a variety of affordable eco-friendly accommodations. Phongsaly province, a very remote province located in the north of Laos, is still merely unexplored by tourists. Its dramatic mountainous terrain, cool weather and a very diverse population of ethnic hill tribes make it a tremendous area for trekking. Many of the province’s forests are uninhabited and are reported to have lots of wildlife. The thick jungles are abundant with bird species and the province has some of the best hot springs in the country.

3) BELIZE
With one part planted in the Central American jungle and the other part dipping the Caribbean BelizeSea, the country packs more than 87 distinct types of ecosystems into less than 24.000 square kilometers. The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the world, with more than 100 different kinds of coral and some 500 species of fish. It houses the world-famous Blue hole, over thousands cays (islands), abundant wildlife and excellent water for fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking. With its 40 percent of the country classified as protected, Belize is one of the top eco destinations in Central America.

4) LOPÉ NATIONAL PARK – GABON
Located in the center of Gabon, Lope national park is mostly covered by rain forest. In the north of the park the last remnants of the grass savannas are situated, created during the last ice age. The 4910 square kilometers measuring area is home to mammal species like the forest elephant, leopard and forest buffalo. Bird species include the crowned hawk eagle, great blue turaco and the rosy bee-eater.  Highlight of the park is the Mikongo Camp where zoologists have been studying and preserving the environment for the groups of primates – including the western lowland gorilla, chimpanzee and mandrill.

5) CHIANG RAI PROVINCE – THAILANDThailand
Chiang Rai province is the northernmost province of Thailand with a diverse landscape. There are dramatic mountains in the east and flat Mekong River plains to the northeast.
Visitors can follow a biking or hiking trail along the paths of the mountain ranges of the province or meet the many indigenous tribes living on the Mae Kok riverbanks.

6) KERALA – INDIA
Kerala province, also known as “God’s own country”, attracts tourists by its palm fringed beaches, pristine backwaters and tropical forests. The province focuses on sustainable and eco-friendly development of tourism. The Lake Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, a national park and tiger reserve, is one of the oldest and most popular in India. The park is home to elephants and tigers and diverse flora and fauna surrounds the beautiful lake.

7) PANTANAL REGION – BRAZIL, PARAGUAY, BOLIVIAPantanal
The Pantanal is the largest wetland on earth, housing the largest concentration of wildlife in the Americas. The area is home to 80 species of mammals like the jaguar, the giant anteater and the South American tapir. Furthermore 650 bird species, 400 fish species and more than 1100 butterfly species can be found. The Caiman Ecological Refuge has a program for protecting the region with a sustainable approach to ranching. Guests can take safaris and horseback tours, or participate in the Onçafari Program that protects the jaguars living in the area.

8) DUBAI DESERT CONSERVATION RESERVE – DUBAI
Dubai and eco seem to be two words that can only contradict. However, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve has put almost 5% of Dubai’s total land area under official eco-protection to remain its pristine desert landscape. The desert is home to a variety of animals that have unique and fascinating adaptations to the harsh environment, such as the Arabian oryx, the Arabian red fox, the sand cat and the spiny-tailed lizard. Visitors can explore the country via camel treks, guided desert safaris or falconry.

9) GALAPAGOS MARINE RESERVE – ECUADORGalapagos
The Galapagos Islands and its surrounding waters formed the basis of Darwin’s evolution theory, due to its remote location. The area has one of the world’s most unusual ecosystems and is rich in biodiversity. More than 20% of the terrestrial and marine species are found nowhere else on earth than on the Galapagos Islands. The 70.000 square kilometers measuring Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest Marine Reserve on earth and home to 3000 species of marine plants and animals. Marine life is abundant on this small island, and the emphasis on low-impact tourism and blending in with the local tribes makes it a unique destination.

10) HULA LAKE PARK – ISRAEL
Hula Lake Park, located in the Galilee, is one of the most important bird-watching sites in the world. Many of the migrating birds here are endangered or threatened. Visitors are drawn to Hula to observe millions of migrating cranes, covering the skies above Hula every winter. They stop one last time in the area before they head of to the Sahara Desert. Besides bird watching, visitors can also cycle through the park or watch the birds from a camouflaged tractor.

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Vacation is an important part of a comfortable life. It enables people to let go their worries of the day, experience total freedom and create unique memories.

We believe that luxury travel and being eco-sensitive should go hand in hand. Furthermore, we think that travelers are more likely to protect their own environment at home when they have experienced beautiful nature on vacation.

Through this blog we want to give you simple tips to create the perfect vacation for luxury travelers and at the same time we want to encourage you to reach the lowest possible impact on the surroundings.

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