On the way to Orlando, I picked up Delta’s Sky magazine (May 2009 issue) and lo and behold, two top green stories, one about their top 10 Eco Resorts and the other, an interesting analysis on plastic water bottle.
For the top eco-resorts, Chaa Creek in Belize got the number one spot featuring treetop suites, while Lapa Rios in Costa Rica (said to be the first eco-resort in Costa Rica) got the second runner up with its locally made furniture, and Black Sheep Inn in Ecuador was the third with the inn perched high in the Andes mountains.
Author Jennifer Vogel, meanwhile, wrote about America’s love affair with bottled water but it seems environmentalists and green advocates are winning the battle as for the first time, plastic bottled water sales slipped last year by 3.6%
Fiji Water is said to have laid off 20% in December because of slow sales while Nestle announced in February that it cut 26% on spending on its water business.
Some are changing their image with some green make-up such as cutting off use of plastic with Nestle’s Poland Spring Eco-shaped bottle, or Fiji investing in reforestation (and altering shipping routes to slash emissions).
The magazine also talked about the burgeoning biotechnology industry in Georgia. State economic developers are said to have attracted more than $3bn in commercial green energy projects in the past 3 years.