Where To Go For An Eco-Friendly Travel Experience
More and more people are getting conscious about the kind of lifestyle they lead, and how it impacts the environment. More people are turning to metal straws to cut down on plastic straws, using eco bags and totes for shopping instead of plastic bags, and looking for organic and eco-friendly products to reduce their waste.
This kind of eco-friendly mindset could also be translated to how you travel, from the way you pack, your choice of transportation, and even to the hotel you choose to stay in.
Pack light and travel responsibly
For starters, packing light and staying away from sachet toiletries is a good practice. Use reusable small containers where you can transfer your liquid toiletries, and bring refillable bottles instead of buying bottled waters or drinks. Avoid one-use plastics and bring your foldable totes for pasalubong shopping.
And if you’re planning to travel locally, try to stay away from short-haul plane flights. Instead, try to ride a bus or a ferry to go to your location because these kinds of transportation use way less fuel and have way less CO2 emissions.
When it comes to accommodation, try to look for eco-hotels, which are much more environmentally friendly than regular hotels. Eco-hotels employ different kinds of practices to make sure they have lesser carbon footprint, and that they are promoting sustainable living in their area and with their guests.
Some of the key eco-friendly practices that you should look for when looking for an eco-hotel are:
- Energy conservation. Use of solar panels, skylights and huge windows to avoid lighting up common areas during the day, energy-conserving appliances and LED lights
- Ditching disposables. Instead of offering single-use shampoo, soap, lotion, and other toiletries, the hotel uses organic toiletries or employs bulk dispensers to cut on one-use plastics and containers
- Local and organic food. Offering healthy and organic cuisine on the hotel restaurant
- Water recycling. Reusing gray water from the kitchen, bath, and laundry for garden and landscaping
- Recycling bins. Presence of segregated bins inside hotel rooms and public areas
Where to go
Considering these characteristics of an eco-hotel, here are some eco-friendly accommodations recommended by Agoda:
Eco Hotel Philippines is a chain of sustainable and eco-friendly accommodations across the Philippines, with villas and suites in Makati, Tagaytay, Batangas, Bohol, El Nido, and Boracay.
If you want to hop back into Boracay in time for its re-opening, check out the Serviced Apartments by Eco Hotel Boracay, located in Station 1 and very near famous Boracay establishments like Famous Jonah’s Shakes, Obama Grill Bar, and D’Mall.
The whole Eco Hotel Boracay was built using refurbished wood, with cool refurbished wood accents inside the suites. The hotel also implements environmental initiatives such as a recycling program, and the use of low energy generators and highly efficient cooling systems. There is also a communal kitchen where guests can prepare their own meals.
Amorita Resort, Bohol
Located in Panglao Island, Bohol, Amorita Resort proves that eco-tourism and sustainability don’t come at the expense of luxury. Amorita Resort continues to uphold an excellent quality of service and travel alongside its eco-friendly efforts.
Some of the highlights in their eco-friendly efforts are the resort’s water waste treatment facility that recycles the its gray water for garden use, the use of bamboo music amplifiers in each room, and reusable glass bottles instead of plastic bottles for guests. The rooms are also made sustainable and local with the use of bamboo and rattan in the furnishing and accents.
Responsibility and sustainability don’t stop in the hotel. At Evolution Resort in Cebu, they are also promoting responsible tourism activities through Evolution Diving, a sustainable diving program for locals and tourists.
Evolution is also a member of Green Finn, an organization that works towards environmentally responsible diving and snorkeling. They’ve also partnered with other dive centers in the island to form the Malapascua Marine Protection Fund, a group that is dedicated to protecting the protected area of Malapascua. They oversee the collection and management of donations from divers, take care of putting in moorings and conservation lines at Monad and around the Malapascua island, and ward off illegal fishermen in the area.
Home Crest Residences is not just beautifully designed and fully packed with facilities; it also offers competitively-priced rooms maintained through environment-friendly practices. Guided by their “Live the Green Dream” advocacy, Home Crest uses solar heaters to conserve power and maximize renewable energy.
The residence is also a member of the Zero Carbon Resorts, a non-government organization born in 2010 that aims to reduce carbon footprint through the use of renewable energy.
The Lighthouse Marina Resort has proven its mettle as a certified eco-friendly hotel as it is one of the recipients of the Anahaw Philippine sustainable tourism certification, a project by Zero Carbon Resorts that’s funded by both the Department of Tourism and the European Union. The project aims to reduce the carbon emission impacts of tourism activities and contribute to sustainable and inclusive development in the era of strong tourism in the country.
Apart from employing sustainable sources of energy, the Lighthouse Marina is also an advocate of eco-adventure sports like kayaking. In 2013, The Lighthouse launched and hosted the Kayaking in Subic event with The Philippine Kayaking Series.
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