TRAVEL TUESDAY – Going Green

If you are booking your next business trip, have you considered staying at a “green” hotel?

Environmentally friendly hotels are all the rage, and many hotels have been doing their bit (albeit sometimes token) for the environment for a while. More than 33% of business travelers “seek out hotels that are environmentally friendly”, and 28% said they will pay 10% more to stay in a green hotel. Business travelers expect hotels to recycle, use energy-efficient lighting, give guests the option of not having sheets and towels changed every day and use environmentally safe cleaning products.

But the Travel Weekly business travel survey found that 75% of those surveyed said that their company’s travel policies do not recommend staying at hotels with green programs. Does your corporate travel agency??

In my experience these guys are setting the standards in business green travel:

Kimpton Hotels – green efforts date back to 1981 and continue strongly to this day http://www.kimptonhotels.com/kimpton-cares/earthcare.aspx
Hyatt Olive on 8 Seattle – the best hotel I have stayed at in Seattle http://olive8.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/
Marriott – is named best hotel chain for green efforts

And if by chance you want to take a break this chain is amazing at doing luxury eco-friendly 5 star stays! http://www.sixsenses.com/soneva/

WIRED WEDNESDAY – Mobile/Cell Phone Covers

I have been through multiple covers for my mobile/cell phone, and am always on the prowl for ‘the one’. Every phone pretty much looks the same at the moment, but not anymore. How about a funky vintage cover that is environmental friendly and simply looks good!

Out of the need to protect her shiny new iPod in 2005, Breigh Stanfield began making her handmade iPod cases out of materials she already had (cereal boxes, vintage fabrics) and has been ever since.
Visit her site to see her range – http://www.debrisdesign.com/ipod-cases/