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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Locals join together to bring life, vintage design and local artwork to a rundown hotel in Montana

October 20, 2015 by  
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Over the years, Bozeman has become a hub for arts and culture and a destination for those that enjoy taking part in various outdoor activities. The local community decided to take advantage of the new influx of people and teamed up to renovate an old existing hotel into a modern facility with an upscale feel to it. The LARK was carefully crafted to provide a distinctly Montana atmosphere. Related: The Big Green Bus is a retired city bus renovated into a mini traveling hotel The hotel features oversized sitting areas, an outdoor wood-burning fireplace and an open-air patio overlooking Main Street, along with stunning local artwork created by ten different local artists. A true guide to the city and the region is provided in the hotel’s custom-designed Map Room featuring USGS maps and a collective work area with access to all the essentials such as computers, phones, fax, printer and copier. + The LARK Via Design Milk

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The Liberator turns dirt into bulletproof, fireproof building bricks

October 20, 2015 by  
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A Chicago-based company has developed an amazing machine that transforms dirt into durable building bricks. The Liberator is a large compressed earth brick press that makes it possible for almost anyone create building materials wherever they are needed. AjarTech is the company behind the idea, and they’ve just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds they need to create and distribute the CAD plans, material list, and instructions to share this shortcut to resilient construction with the world. Read the rest of The Liberator turns dirt into bulletproof, fireproof building bricks

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Margot Krasojevic’s solar-powered sand turbine hotel aims to stop the spread of the Gobi Desert

September 21, 2015 by  
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Cumulus Studio renovates Art Deco pumphouse to create enviable eco retreat in Tasmania

April 15, 2015 by  
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Dreamy Panchoran Retreat is made old telephone poles and bamboo from the forests of Bali

January 25, 2015 by  
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Towering Magic Mountain Lodge is a Hill-Like Hobbit Highrise Straight Out of Middle Earth

July 17, 2014 by  
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Tom Vered Unveils the World’s First Spirulina Home Growing Machine

July 17, 2014 by  
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Tom Vered has unveiled the world’s first Home Growing Spirulina machine! Spirulina, the blue-green algae superfood that contains over 100 different nutrients, thrives in both fresh and salt water and has been known to mankind for hundreds of years. In the last 40 years, it has been produced in large-scale factories around the globe as dried powder. Vered’s machine is ground breaking not only because it now allows consumers to grow Spirulina at home, but also because one can consume it in its healthiest form – fresh! The new Spirulina home growing machine contains 10 liters of fresh Spirulina and comes with a specially designed 20 ml glass. With the simple push of a button you get your daily amount of filtered and dense superfood – right in the comfort of you own home! + Tom Vered The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blue-green algae , DIY , grow Spirulina at home , reader submitted content , Spirulina , Spirulina Machine , super food , superfoods , sustainable food , Tom Vered

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REVIEW: Darby Smart Kits Take All the Stress Out of DIY

July 17, 2014 by  
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If you’re anything like the average Pinterest user, you’ve likely collected a gazillion projects that you’re dying to DIY. Home decor , pillow-making, garden decorations … there are so many fabulous ideas out there, and chances are you’ll look at a dozen of them today and think “I can make that!” Of course, reality doesn’t always match ambition, and amassing the right tools and materials and sorting out exactly how to fit them all together can be a bit daunting. This is where Darby Smart steps in: with their kits, everything you need to create a fun, fabulous project comes in one cute package (including instructions). Read the rest of REVIEW: Darby Smart Kits Take All the Stress Out of DIY Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Echo Architecture Unveils Greenscaper Hotel Wrapped With Living Foliage

March 15, 2013 by  
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Echo Design and Architecture ‘s Greenscraper focuses on creating a diverse and sustainable new hybrid environment. The building combines public and private areas, each with a strong identity enriched by their connections. The complex includes a new hotel that is wrapped with a powerful vertical greenscape, resulting in a hybrid typology that can revitalize neglected urban areas. + Echo Design And Architecture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , “sustainable architecture” , Echo Design And Architecture , Gardening , green architecture , green design , green hotel , green skyscraper , Greenscraper Hotel , sustainable design , Urban design

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