sustainable stays around the globe

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.

 

1. WHITEPOD

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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.

 

2. HIX ISLAND HOUSE

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.

 

3. PROXIMITY HOTEL

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.

 

5. LAPA RIOS ECOLODGE

WHERE: Costa Rica

WHAT MAKES IT SUSTAINABLE: Conservation is at the core of this property - it was built to protect over 1,000 acres of rainforest, and invites guests to participate in reforestation by planting trees native to the area.