Covid-19 has impacted our travel plans, putting our travel bucket lists on hold for a while. As we continue to practice social distancing and are staying home, for now we can dream about our next trip once travel restrictions are lifted off and the pandemic is under control.
The hotel industry is responsible for 1 percent of global emissions and as travellers, we are essentially contributing to that. So choosing to stay at an eco-friendly hotel is a great option for both luxury and sustainability, as they make significant efforts to reduce their environmental impact such as installing energy-efficient lighting and using non-toxic cleaning products.
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1. Soneva Fushi, Maldives
The Maldives is best known as a honeymoon paradise, but the island nation also has plenty of eco-friendly hotels and resorts to choose from, and among them is Soneva Fushi, considered to be one of the best and an eco-pioneer among resorts in the country.
Considering that sea levels are rising, the low lying islands of Maldives are predicted to be gone in the next 80 years. More than ever, the environmental impact needs to be reduced. The hotel––the first in the Maldives to recycle plastic on site––has a "Waste-to-Wealth" program where it recycles 90% of its waste on-site at its own Eco Centro recycling plant. The waste is then transformed into new products.
The food waste, on the other hand, is composted to create nutrient-rich soil for the vegetable gardens. Soneva Fushi is also actively working with the local government to allow other islands to adopt its "Waste-to-Wealth" concept to help local communities reduce plastic consumption.