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Green hotel recycles grey water & has rain water tanks

Large buildings such as hotels often have huge rooftops, ideal for collection vast quantities of rainwater.  Other large buildings such as hospitals, schools, warehouses and factories also often have excellent collection surfaces from rooftops and multiple large water tanks can be installed in series to store thousands of litres of water for a multitude of […]

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Hotel Group Phases Out Bottled Water

Most people feel very virtuous when they grab a bottle of water off the supermarket shelf rather than that carbonated sugar bomb or preservative-laden fruit juice, but have you ever stopped to think about what you’re buying? The same going for popping the seal on that bottle of water at a conference in a fancy-schmancy […]

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Luxurious Eco Travel: 12 Elegant Green Destinations

Staycations and ultra-rustic nature-centric accommodations may be the greenest way to spend your vacation time, but sometimes, special occasions call for a luxurious getaway. The good news is, elegant eco-resorts do exist, and while some have more green cred than others, they offer experiences that rival those of traditional pampering luxury resorts but in a […]

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Green Travel Tips

It’s estimated that there are close to a billion tourists traveling across the globe each year. That’s a heck of a lot of sightseeing!  Unless we plan carefully, and think before we travel, we run the risk of allowing our travel plans to take a harsh toll on the planet’s natural resources. Of course, nobody’s […]

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12 (eco) Questions to Ask A Hotel Before You Book

The series Places & Spaces could inspire even the most dedicated couch potato to pack a bag and hop a plane. The destinations featured are sustainable, but what about your average hotel claiming green sensitivity? The term is increasingly overused, so it’s important to ask questions. A well-informed traveler is a more conscious one, so […]

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Green Hotels and Reclaimed Materials

Time and time again we hear hotel project managers and developers embarking on “greening” projects comment, “If only I thought of reclaimed materials before…” Although the project might have already been completed, it might not be too late to help you save time, money and help with your sustainable hotel initiatives. Who knows, you might […]

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Tourism must go ‘green’

Durban – The tourism industry must lead the way to take SA into a low carbon economy, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said. “Rather than waiting for government to regulate its carbon footprint, its recycling practices or its commitment to the environmentally responsible practices, I encourage the industry to initiate its own processes,” Van Schalkwyk, […]

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Sustainable Solutions for Green Hotels

This page lists sustainable practices that hotels can implement. If you would like to encourage hotels you stay at to implement these ideas, consider printing this information and dropping it off at the front desk or mailing it in with the hotel’s comment card. Start a linen (both towels and sheets) reuse program in all […]

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First Eco-Friendly Hotel in Mpumalanga

The first eco-friendly hotel in the province was officially opened at Casterbridge Centre. The Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel [owned by Mr Louis van der Merwe] was welcomed into the province by MEC for economic development, environment and tourism, Mr Jabu Mahlangu, and board members of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MPTA) [Chairman, Mr Sabelo […]

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