Exploring the World with Eco Resorts With emphasis on responsible traveling, ecotourism benefits the environment, visitors and the local economy. From eco resorts, eco tours to stand-alone activities, worldwide destinations are offering ways to reduce the negative effects on environment while enjoying unique travel experiences. The design, construction and regular maintenance of eco-resorts uses environmentally friendly technologies and principles suited to a particular area. For example, in the Caribbean, elevating walkways and buildings leaves ground vegetation undisturbed. This prevents runoff and soil erosion, which would damage coral reefs and beaches. Building around trees instead of cutting them also helps the environment as well as keep buildings cool by providing them shade. Eco resorts also collect rainwater for their water supply for showers, restrooms and laundry. Also an important aspect for its eco-friendliness is the use of solar energy to heat water and create some of their electricity supply. Eco resorts use recycled structures; though that doesn’t mean unattractive flooring or walls. In fact, aged woods that are recycled look more attractive than new ones. Wood frames, doors, windows and flooring’s can all be recycled. More traditional eco resorts incorporate sustainable building materials like plastic lumber or bamboo. Because eco resorts are often located in remote areas, they face additional challenges – waste disposal in particular. This can be aided by buying goods in bulk which reduces packaging. Creative reuse and recycling of items also limits trash amount sent to landfills. Office papers should be used on both sides; then shred it for packing material; this can reduce the waste effectively. Compost toilets and use other water treatments to provide resorts with compost and water for gardens and its surrounding habitats. Some eco resorts even get their guests involved in their environmental efforts. Some offer arts and crafts workshops using recycled glass, clay, and textiles. Some of the pieces made are sold in the gift shop. Also, sometimes there is a “help yourself” center’s where guests can leave things they don’t need like books and sunscreen; they can also take things they need – someone else’s trash is another one’s treasure. Eco resorts allow for wild places to stay just that – wild. In addition to their effort to conserve nature, they also employ local workers and encourage visitors to support local businesses and attractions. While these may ease the consciences, the biggest payoff is the opportunity for travelers to experience the area’s authentic character. For those who prefer active vacation, eco tours provide an eco friendly, hassle-free alternative. However, as with eco resorts, the extent of eco-friendliness will vary considerably. Some tours immerse travelers thoroughly in their destination. Well-known attractions are often included but places off the beaten path are emphasized. Common goals include the preservation of the indigenous nature, traditions and culture of travel destinations. Many companies also support community or conservation organizations. Eco resorts should have these kinds of tours and adventures for their clients. Some even carry activities like bird watching, hiking, kayaking and snorkeling. They strive to entertain participants and also to educate them.
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