Green reading on the plane

Wherever you go there is definitely no escaping the growing media attention on green.

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.

4 Responses to Green reading on the plane

  1. Alex 4 May, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    Tree top suites! That sounds amazing. I would love to vist an eco resort that featured that. Green is definitely the new thing, especially in travel, and I hope it stays. Some hotels are finding that it can be expensive to truly go green :/

  2. Biofuelsimon 5 May, 2009 at 5:12 am #

    If these are eco resourts does Delta calculate the amount of carbon you’d have to offset to go there on thier planes?

    If people are switching from low weight plastic recyclable plastic to high weight, high energy input recuclable glass how is that exactly green. If it takes x gal of gas to transport y gal of water plus packaging won’t using heavier packaging mean that less water can be transported for the same amount of fuel.

    What is the carbon impact of tourists in these low carbon destinations??

  3. Larry 7 May, 2009 at 10:58 am #

    The Goal of Chaa Creek is as follows:

    “The goal of Chaa Creek is to establish a model of low-impact, sustainable development.
    By stimulating interest in the environment, natural history and local culture we
    hope to demonstrate the long term benefits of ecotourism over other
    environmentally damaging options for development.”

    Click here to find out more about this eco resort

  4. chris 8 May, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Green is definitely the cool thing these days, I just hope it doesn’t phase out like snap bracelets. ha anyways the overall goal definitely revolves around the idea of sustainability. this is something we all should apply to our everyday lives and look for ways to get closer and closer to this goal. one company i found that is making this easier for people is which gives interest rate reductions for investing in green products. check them out, see what you think.

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