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3 Tips for Ensuring You Stay at an Eco-Friendly Hotel or Resort

3 Tips for Ensuring You Stay at an Eco-Friendly Hotel or Resort

If you're serious about living a greener lifestyle, you'll need to focus on your goal not just when you're at home, but when you're at work, on vacation, or away on business.

You aren't alone, either. According to Forbes Magazine, over 60 percent of travelers want greener options for hotels and resorts. This boom in what is often termed eco-tourism is becoming the norm, rather than the exception.

Here are tips for locating the greenest places to stay for both work and pleasure.

Staying in an eco-friendly resort is one way you can do your part for the environment.

Research Your Destination Beforehand

When you plan your vacation getaway or business trip, you'll need to research the possible accommodations in the area to target the available eco-friendly ones.

At TripAdvisor, green hotels and resorts are marked by a green leaf to signify those places are eco-friendly places to stay. Places that have been certified as green engage in environmentally practices such as recycling or use alternative energy sources. The program is sponsored by such respectable organizations as the U.S. Green Building Council and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Most other hotel or resort search websites will also notate if the establishment is eco-friendly.
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Upcycling vs. Recycling: What's the Difference?

You've heard of recycling, and you have a good idea of what it means. People have been turning old materials into new materials to use them again for decades. But have you heard of the newer term "upcycling"? Many people are either confused by the term upcycling or haven't heard of it before.

Read further to explore the difference between the two and how you can get involved in each of them for the betterment of your community.

When you recycle, you have a hand in saving the environment


You may have been recycling for many years. Recycling involves taking waste products -- such as used soda cans, plastic jugs, cardboard, or other materials -- and turning the waste from those items into other items that can still be used. An example of this would be cardboard that is recycled into napkins or writing paper that has a high percentage of post-consumer (or recycled) content. ... read more

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