By Courtney Gu
From jet fuel needed to take flight to the overuse of water at traditional hotels, traveling can take a serious toll on the environment. However, environmentally-conscious travel doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the luxuries. Here is Wear We Went's roundup of our favorite eco-friendly properties that make sustainability stylish.
WHERE: The Swiss Alps
WHAT MAKES IT SUSTAINABLE: The pods are designed using the least amount of material possible, and the lack of corners of the dome structure minimizes the amount of energy needed to heat the space.
WHERE: Puerto Rico
WHAT MAKES IT SUSTAINABLE: Built to exist harmoniously within its environment, the structure utilizes solar power for electricity and heating, and collects rainwater - whatever is left unused is put back into the environment to give life to the nearby plants.
WHERE: North Carolina, USA
WHAT MAKES IT SUSTAINABLE: The very first LEED Platinum certified hotel in the US embeds sustainable practices throughout the property, from furniture made from salvaged wood to technology that optimizes energy use in the restaurant kitchen.
4. URBN HOTEL
WHERE: Shanghai, China
WHAT MAKES IT SUSTAINABLE: China’s first carbon neutral hotel not only utilizes recycled material in its operations, but also makes use of a recycled building - the structure was once a factory warehouse.