Breathtaking seaside hotel in Thailand practices radical reuse, grows 100% of its produce

March 20, 2017 by  
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Overlooking a private bay along the Northern Coast of Koh Samui, Thailand, The Tongsai Bay Hotel boasts more than luxurious seaside accommodations. The award-winning family-owned resort was built within a 28 and a half acre landscape that remains home to 66 different species of birds and other wildlife. The green retreat maintains its virtuous mission by growing 100 percent of its produce and turning all food waste into fertilizer and a cleaning solution for its facilities, donating the rest to the island’s stray cats and dogs. This breathtaking oasis demonstrates how hotels can thrive within a completely natural habitat. Originally built in 1987, the environmentally-sensitive design of The Tongsai Bay was in many ways ahead of its time. Not a single tree was felled or damaged during construction, allowing the natural fauna and flora to flourish for all these years. 66 different species of birds and all sorts of wildlife, including lizards, can be found roaming the property at any given time. With 28 acres of lush green space, the owners could have filled the property with many more rooms for more revenue per square meter, but their passion for preserving the natural environment was more important. There is not a bad view in sight at The Tongsai Bay. Each of its 83 rooms, villas and cottages are enveloped in greenery and welcome a breathtaking sea view. And there are no motorized water sports allowed on the premises. Mini sail boats, paddle boards and kayaks are available, helping to maintain a serene environment for guests and the exotic wildlife that call this place home. The Tongsai Bay ‘s three restaurants are supplied daily with native produce sustainably grown on the farm located just a short drive from the main site. Everything from lemongrass, lettuce, eggplants, limes and bananas are produced on the farm and served in a rotating menu. They have even reused the hotel’s old bathtubs as planters. Any food waste is then transferred back to the farm. The vegetable scraps are soaked, broken down, and liquified into all-natural veggie cleaning solution used to clean the hotel toilets. The rest of the waste, including fish scraps, are placed into an open air fertilizer that is then used to grow new vegetables on the farm, thereby completing this impressive reuse cycle. Anything leftover that is mildly edible for consumption is donated to the large community of stray dogs and cats on the island. There are no insecticides, toxic cleaners, or chemical fragrances in sight at The Tonsai Bay. Bilimbi and kaffir lime , though too sour to eat, make incredibly effective cleaning solutions, both of which are native to Thailand and grown plentifully on the Tonsai Bay farm. They are peeled, broken down and liquified into a completely natural citrus cleaner and a room freshener for oil burners. Even textiles are reused: ripped bed sheets, for instance, are turned into napkins for their restaurants. Although tourism is Thailand’s largest industry, green practices are still not common practice. In most establishments, “takeaway” food is given to customers in Ziploc-like plastic bags and even smoothies are adorned with plastic handles. The Tongsai Bay is one place that has taken the environmental education of their staff very seriously, training them to recycle and minimize waste every day. Guests are also guided to do the same, with colorful separated trash and recycling bins peppered throughout the property. With rooms starting at $260 per night, The Tonsai Bay may not be affordable for everyone, but it is a shining example of green hospitality. We hope to see more hotels around the world embrace a self-sustaining model as grand as this. + The Tongsai Bay All images by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat

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Storybook Transylvania hotel built with clay and sand opens soon

July 25, 2016 by  
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The hotel’s owners, Razvan and Gabriela Vasile, sold their home in Romania ’s capital city of Bucharest in order to bring this clay fairytale castle into reality. The Valley of the Fairies, situated near the tiny village of Porumbacu De Sus, is 24 miles from the city of Sibiu. Its remote location and jaw-dropping views add to the hotel’s charm and mystique, effortlessly giving visitors the sense that they have traveled not only distance, but also time, in order to arrive at their destination. Related: Passive House Che in Romania has a super fun indoor net canopy Aside from its charming design and scenic surrounding landscape, perhaps the most interesting feature of the eco-friendly hotel is how it was built. Eschewing all modern building techniques, the hotel is composed primarily of clay and sand. The 10-room chalet was designed by eco architect Ileana Mavrodin , along with the Vasiles, and built by area craftsmen. “The exterior plastering is of lime and sand and the towers are of river stone, built with lime and sand,” said Razvan Vasile. “Everything is made with natural materials, and the windows and doors are different, each room having its own separate entrance.” Soon, the Vasiles say the hotel will be ready to host guests for overnight visits, but little is known about when that will happen or what the accommodations will cost. We do know the hotel will reportedly add a restaurant by the end of the year, serving a menu of local organic food. The hotel’s Facebook page acts as a hub for updates (in Romanian), while the website is still under construction. Via Treehugger Images via Castelul de Lut Valea Zanelor

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Help Crowdfund the Gekkotel Eco Community in Costa Rica

October 2, 2014 by  
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Canadians Matt Becker and Andres Pang are working together to create an eco-community through crowdfunding efforts. With ecotourism as the travel industry’s fastest-growing sector , and increasing numbers of tourists sensitive to the needs of both local populations and the environment, the couple felt that the time was right to reach out and found an eco-community. The name “Gekkotel” is comprised of “gekko” (“ gecko ” in Spanish), merged with “tel” (from “hotel”) to conjure the image of an environmentally friendly getaway in the natural setting of Costa Rica. Read the rest of Help Crowdfund the Gekkotel Eco Community in Costa Rica Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andres Pang , beach , conservation , Costa Rica , Crowdfunding , eco community , eco hotel , eco resort , ecocommunity , Gekkotel , jungle , Matt Becker , mountain

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Gorgeous Fogo Island Eco-Hotel Rises on Stilts in Canada

October 29, 2013 by  
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Charming Tree Snake Houses Stand on Stilts at Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort

July 30, 2013 by  
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NASA Approves First 3D Printer for Use in Space

July 30, 2013 by  
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3D printing technology has quickly claimed an integral role in the design world, and now the first 3D printer is set to make its way out to space. NASA just approved the first 3D printer for use aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Created by Made in Space in collaboration with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the 3D printer is safe enough to withstand conditions on the ISS, and will make its first trip next year. Read the rest of NASA Approves First 3D Printer for Use in Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d Printer in Space , 3D printers , eco design , green design , international space station , made in space , Nasa Marshall Space Flight Center , Spacex Falcon , sustainable design        

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Sleeping Around Pop-Up Shipping Container Hotel Is Always On the Move in Belgium

January 28, 2013 by  
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San Francisco 49ers New Home Set to Be Pro Football’s First LEED-Certified Stadium

January 28, 2013 by  
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Superbowl hopefuls the San Francisco 49ers, will move into their new Santa Clara stadium next year, and the team hopes that it will be pro football’s first LEED certified stadium . There’s no word yet as to which level of certification the stadium is aiming for, but the facility will generate enough solar power to offset all energy consumed during home games. The stadium, will feature 3 solar arrays over its bridges and a green canopy above the suite tower portion of the stadium and the 49ers training center. Read the rest of San Francisco 49ers New Home Set to Be Pro Football’s First LEED-Certified Stadium Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , 49ers home games , ev charging stations , LEED cetified stadium , net zero energy sports , NRG Energy Santa Clara , San Francisco 49ers , Santa Clara Stadium LEED , solar arrays , stadium solar canopy , sustainable football stadium , sustainable sport venues

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Hotel Refugia is a Sheltered Eco Retreat on a Rugged Peninsula in Chile

December 18, 2012 by  
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Minarc’s Prefab ION Adventure Hotel is Set to Open in Iceland in Spring 2013

October 30, 2012 by  
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