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Sustainable Luxury: QO Is The Tesla Among Green Hotels
In the hotel of the future, sustainability is the standard. Hotel concept QO makes this standard visible, or actually, invisible: and it’s precisely the intention. Sustainable luxury is reflected in the choice of materials, the restaurant menu and installations. This hotel does not place the responsibility with the guest, but takes it. A patchwork of sliding panels and large windows characterizes the façade of the hotel. Above the glass revolving door of the 'Dutch eatery' that is located on the ground floor, you can read the name Persijn – a very conscious choice. The name refers to the thirteenth-century Amsterdam landowner Jan Persijn van Velsen. Connection is most important to the QO: between hotel visitors and local residents, between building and district and between neighbourhood and city. Forming a sustainable vision; everybody needs to belong "An universal need of people is to belong to a community, whether it's in a shed in Guatemala or in a penthouse in Manhattan," says Xander Bueno de Mesquita. With his innovative vision, the project started about ten years ago. When he returned to the Netherlands after a long-term trip, he decided that he wanted to translate this universal need to belong into a sustainable hotel concept. "I wanted to develop the Tesla among the hotels." A sustainability vision was formed to determine an appropriate sustainability label. Bueno de Mesquita did not want to start his project with the certification, to prevent just finishing a sustainability checklist. LEED Platinum proved to be the best fit: in order to achieve this status, sustainability had to be fully integrated. Do not feed waste! A tight schedule reduced the transport movements from, to and at the construction site. In addition, prefabrication resulted in less waste during construction. Ready-made work packages were delivered and assembled according to a just-in-time principle, 95 percent of the waste that still originated was separated on site. Waste recycling and reduction were also included in the contracts with subcontractors, with the motto: "do not feed waste". In the choice of materials, reuse and distance have also been taken into account. For example, the façade of the former Amsterdam Shell tower was ground into granules and processed into the concrete construction of the QO. At least fifty percent of all material used during construction originates from locations within a radius of 800 kilometres. Waste is one of the cycles that the hotel focuses on. The others are water, energy and food. Shower water once again receives value as flushing water for the toilet and vegetables, herbs and fish are grown in a closed system in the greenhouse. The sustainable vision is also reflected in the hotel menu. It’s 'Dutch cuisine', which emphasizes the use of local products. Seeking the connection The hotel actively seeks the connection with the city and the surrounding area. According to Bueno de Mesquita, this is necessary for a sustainable building: "It's about co-creation with unexpected parties, not only with architects, but also with the neighbourhood." The greenhouse on the roof, for example, can serve as an educational location for the local school. The location of the sustainable hotel is no accident. It fits in with the urban plan of the city of Amsterdam to redevelop the Amstelkwartier district in a sustainable way. A sustainable hotel therefore fits in seamlessly. Nevertheless, sustainability and a hotel environment do not automatically match, says general manager Inge van Weert: "In general, a hotel is a very wasteful environment ."   The management of QO deviates from that standard with its zero waste ambition. To achieve this, the QO makes agreements with partners and suppliers. For example, farmers supply fruit and vegetables in crates that the QO provided. In the rooms the care products are in bags, boxes or large refill containers. With each partner, agreements have been made about what happens when products no longer last. "In about a year or two plant pots can be made from the uniforms." Sustainability should be standard Sustainability is the standard in QO, but not yet in the Netherlands. The hotel demonstrates: sustainability can become the standard with a sustainable vision, perseverance and co-creation with unexpected parties. Without the guest having to notice anything, sustainability comes back everywhere: from the construction drawing to the board. https://www.whatsorb.com/category/architecture
In the hotel of the future, sustainability is the standard. Hotel concept QO makes this standard visible, or actually, invisible: and it’s precisely the intention. Sustainable luxury is reflected in the choice of materials, the restaurant menu and installations. This hotel does not place the responsibility with the guest, but takes it. A patchwork of sliding panels and large windows characterizes the façade of the hotel. Above the glass revolving door of the 'Dutch eatery' that is located on the ground floor, you can read the name Persijn – a very conscious choice. The name refers to the thirteenth-century Amsterdam landowner Jan Persijn van Velsen. Connection is most important to the QO: between hotel visitors and local residents, between building and district and between neighbourhood and city. Forming a sustainable vision; everybody needs to belong "An universal need of people is to belong to a community, whether it's in a shed in Guatemala or in a penthouse in Manhattan," says Xander Bueno de Mesquita. With his innovative vision, the project started about ten years ago. When he returned to the Netherlands after a long-term trip, he decided that he wanted to translate this universal need to belong into a sustainable hotel concept. "I wanted to develop the Tesla among the hotels." A sustainability vision was formed to determine an appropriate sustainability label. Bueno de Mesquita did not want to start his project with the certification, to prevent just finishing a sustainability checklist. LEED Platinum proved to be the best fit: in order to achieve this status, sustainability had to be fully integrated. Do not feed waste! A tight schedule reduced the transport movements from, to and at the construction site. In addition, prefabrication resulted in less waste during construction. Ready-made work packages were delivered and assembled according to a just-in-time principle, 95 percent of the waste that still originated was separated on site. Waste recycling and reduction were also included in the contracts with subcontractors, with the motto: "do not feed waste". In the choice of materials, reuse and distance have also been taken into account. For example, the façade of the former Amsterdam Shell tower was ground into granules and processed into the concrete construction of the QO. At least fifty percent of all material used during construction originates from locations within a radius of 800 kilometres. Waste is one of the cycles that the hotel focuses on. The others are water, energy and food. Shower water once again receives value as flushing water for the toilet and vegetables, herbs and fish are grown in a closed system in the greenhouse. The sustainable vision is also reflected in the hotel menu. It’s 'Dutch cuisine', which emphasizes the use of local products. Seeking the connection The hotel actively seeks the connection with the city and the surrounding area. According to Bueno de Mesquita, this is necessary for a sustainable building: "It's about co-creation with unexpected parties, not only with architects, but also with the neighbourhood." The greenhouse on the roof, for example, can serve as an educational location for the local school. The location of the sustainable hotel is no accident. It fits in with the urban plan of the city of Amsterdam to redevelop the Amstelkwartier district in a sustainable way. A sustainable hotel therefore fits in seamlessly. Nevertheless, sustainability and a hotel environment do not automatically match, says general manager Inge van Weert: "In general, a hotel is a very wasteful environment ."   The management of QO deviates from that standard with its zero waste ambition. To achieve this, the QO makes agreements with partners and suppliers. For example, farmers supply fruit and vegetables in crates that the QO provided. In the rooms the care products are in bags, boxes or large refill containers. With each partner, agreements have been made about what happens when products no longer last. "In about a year or two plant pots can be made from the uniforms." Sustainability should be standard Sustainability is the standard in QO, but not yet in the Netherlands. The hotel demonstrates: sustainability can become the standard with a sustainable vision, perseverance and co-creation with unexpected parties. Without the guest having to notice anything, sustainability comes back everywhere: from the construction drawing to the board. https://www.whatsorb.com/category/architecture
Sustainable Luxury: QO Is The Tesla Among Green Hotels
Sustainable Luxury: QO Is The Tesla Among Green Hotels
The Tiny House Plug-In-Plug-Out Boat Of Punta Del Mar
The idea of tiny floating houses is not quite as revolutionary as it was some years ago. That is not to say that we cannot be impressed by the new startups that flaunt their unique take on the concept, often surprising with their refreshingly new interpretations. One of those concepts was launched by the Spanish startup Punta Del Mar. This collaboration between a local innovation hub and an architecture firm has led to a so-called marina lodge experiment - in the form of a plain, sturdy houseboat solution that will allow users to plug in and plug out when needed. What this means? Well, you get to alternate between plugging in to make it a semi-permanent residence or temporary lodge, fixing it in place in a marina or a hotel waterfront; and plugging out, where it basically functions as a naval caravan that lets you explore seas, rivers and lakes. Sustainable boating which stayes in one place   The first option is a great solution for hotels, campgrounds or marinas that are looking to add capacity during high season, or even to function as a permanent extension of its accommodation. The houseboat only takes up very limited space, yet provides great comfort to those given the privilege of staying in it. At the same time, it is a good way of showing that you are concerned with the environment and looking to do well. Although the claims as to how are somewhat fuzzy, Punta Del Mar is dedicated to sustainable boating and employs a green production process that involves the use of recycled, durable materials for building the houseboat.   Move around sustainably The second solution might work well for adventurers, retirees and holidaymakers all at the same time. If you opt for plugging out your houseboat, you will be able to use it much like a caravan, only on the water. It can rather easily be transported both over land as well as towed on water, allowing you to quite literally plug and go. This will let you explore the most gorgeous places that our earth has to offer. After charging the lithium batteries, the fully automated on-board system takes over to create a connected boat. Whether you are controlling it in situ or remotely, all systems on board will be at your fingertips, including safety measures that can detect and fix simple damages. This makes it a ‘smart’ houseboat, hooked up to an app for its lighting, temperature and sound features.   Great interior providing all basic needs Measuring some 74 square meters, it offers a rather comfortable living area. This surface area is divided over two floors, making it suitable for 2 persons in its standard configuration. This includes a fancy master bedroom with en suite bathroom on the first level, with doors opening out onto your private deck terrace.   The second level is the designated ‘chill-out deck’, that can be equipped with comfortable lounge furniture. Guests can sit back and relax, while enjoying great views over the water. It can be accessed through an interior set of stairs, as such easily extending living space outdoors. The houseboat is really playing up this element of outdoor living as it is, since it is keen on letting in plenty of sunlight through floor-to-ceiling windows. All the while, privacy is guaranteed through semi-open cladding of vertical slats. Efficient use of water and energy Punta Del Mar claims that their houseboat is a floating piece of sustainable engineering. Energy consumption is reduced through the use of passive systems, optimising the heat distribution, while water reservoirs are designed to minimise waste. One of the bolder statements as made by the manufacturer is that it is ‘fully immersive and environment-friendly’, which they explain by saying:   “ Visitors seek unique experiences, memorable trips and destinations moving away from mass tourism. This growing concept of tourism is committed to sustainability. Integration with the environment and exclusivity plays a fundamental role. Moreover, getting space from the sea in a respectful manner is an excellent option to increase available space in an innovative and disruptive way.” Maybe not the most sustainable , but intriguing nonetheless Yes, most people will claim that it is merely another fun toy for those who have the money to enjoy it, pointing at the extra waste that having it transported will generate. Additionally, even though Punta Del Mar is repeatedly mentioning its focus on sustainability, its exact carbon footprint remains unknown.   Having said that, we are certainly excited about its slick appeal and premise. Mock-up photos showing entire marinas and hotel waterfronts filled with those houseboats are a sight to behold, perhaps offering a sneak preview of what might be a good solution in years to come if the sea levels continue to rise.   https://www.whatsorb.com/category/travel
The idea of tiny floating houses is not quite as revolutionary as it was some years ago. That is not to say that we cannot be impressed by the new startups that flaunt their unique take on the concept, often surprising with their refreshingly new interpretations. One of those concepts was launched by the Spanish startup Punta Del Mar. This collaboration between a local innovation hub and an architecture firm has led to a so-called marina lodge experiment - in the form of a plain, sturdy houseboat solution that will allow users to plug in and plug out when needed. What this means? Well, you get to alternate between plugging in to make it a semi-permanent residence or temporary lodge, fixing it in place in a marina or a hotel waterfront; and plugging out, where it basically functions as a naval caravan that lets you explore seas, rivers and lakes. Sustainable boating which stayes in one place   The first option is a great solution for hotels, campgrounds or marinas that are looking to add capacity during high season, or even to function as a permanent extension of its accommodation. The houseboat only takes up very limited space, yet provides great comfort to those given the privilege of staying in it. At the same time, it is a good way of showing that you are concerned with the environment and looking to do well. Although the claims as to how are somewhat fuzzy, Punta Del Mar is dedicated to sustainable boating and employs a green production process that involves the use of recycled, durable materials for building the houseboat.   Move around sustainably The second solution might work well for adventurers, retirees and holidaymakers all at the same time. If you opt for plugging out your houseboat, you will be able to use it much like a caravan, only on the water. It can rather easily be transported both over land as well as towed on water, allowing you to quite literally plug and go. This will let you explore the most gorgeous places that our earth has to offer. After charging the lithium batteries, the fully automated on-board system takes over to create a connected boat. Whether you are controlling it in situ or remotely, all systems on board will be at your fingertips, including safety measures that can detect and fix simple damages. This makes it a ‘smart’ houseboat, hooked up to an app for its lighting, temperature and sound features.   Great interior providing all basic needs Measuring some 74 square meters, it offers a rather comfortable living area. This surface area is divided over two floors, making it suitable for 2 persons in its standard configuration. This includes a fancy master bedroom with en suite bathroom on the first level, with doors opening out onto your private deck terrace.   The second level is the designated ‘chill-out deck’, that can be equipped with comfortable lounge furniture. Guests can sit back and relax, while enjoying great views over the water. It can be accessed through an interior set of stairs, as such easily extending living space outdoors. The houseboat is really playing up this element of outdoor living as it is, since it is keen on letting in plenty of sunlight through floor-to-ceiling windows. All the while, privacy is guaranteed through semi-open cladding of vertical slats. Efficient use of water and energy Punta Del Mar claims that their houseboat is a floating piece of sustainable engineering. Energy consumption is reduced through the use of passive systems, optimising the heat distribution, while water reservoirs are designed to minimise waste. One of the bolder statements as made by the manufacturer is that it is ‘fully immersive and environment-friendly’, which they explain by saying:   “ Visitors seek unique experiences, memorable trips and destinations moving away from mass tourism. This growing concept of tourism is committed to sustainability. Integration with the environment and exclusivity plays a fundamental role. Moreover, getting space from the sea in a respectful manner is an excellent option to increase available space in an innovative and disruptive way.” Maybe not the most sustainable , but intriguing nonetheless Yes, most people will claim that it is merely another fun toy for those who have the money to enjoy it, pointing at the extra waste that having it transported will generate. Additionally, even though Punta Del Mar is repeatedly mentioning its focus on sustainability, its exact carbon footprint remains unknown.   Having said that, we are certainly excited about its slick appeal and premise. Mock-up photos showing entire marinas and hotel waterfronts filled with those houseboats are a sight to behold, perhaps offering a sneak preview of what might be a good solution in years to come if the sea levels continue to rise.   https://www.whatsorb.com/category/travel
The Tiny House Plug-In-Plug-Out Boat Of Punta Del Mar
The Tiny House Plug-In-Plug-Out Boat Of Punta Del Mar
Sustainable Way To The Top: Refuge Du Gouter France
Only a small number of us will ever be able to experience it: the last stop before the final climb to the top of the Mont Blanc. This stop on the main route was notorious for its lousy accommodation: a bland, uncomfortable building built in the sixties, that was not only painfully outdated but also an environmental hazard. Those visiting for an overnight stay would do well to prepare themselves for recurring problems with hygiene - the two outside toilets are not only inconvenient, they also heavily pollute the surrounding area through its direct emptying of waste on the mountainside - and freezing nightly temperatures, even inside.   Not exactly a great preparation for one of the biggest climbs in some climbers’ lives, yet it certainly adds a certain something to the charm and roughness associated with mountaineering. Right? Well, that logic might have been sound until recently, when it was high time to upgrade the lodging. A new, sustainable mountain hut This was done in the form of the Refuge du Goûter, a new and ecological hut. The remarkable structure, resembling some kind of futuristic egg, has four stories and an all-wooden structure that has been clad using stainless steel. It partly overhangs the cliff below, guaranteeing breathtaking views and enhancing its ‘curb appeal’. And appeal it certainly has. Not only from an architectural point of view (the Swiss designer Hervé Dessimoz spent five years merely designing the building), but also from an ecological point of view. The building is self-sufficient in its demand for energy and water, boasting a solar thermal system and self-sufficient water supply.   Plenty of ecological features This sophisticated system for water reclamation provides a supply of water for cooking and washing. It makes good use of the egg shape of the building: because of the wind, constant turbulence lets the snow slide across its outer skin, after which it accumulates in a grid of some 60 square meters. Within this grid, heat generated by solar panels melts this snow, after which it is collected in huge tanks. Due to the size of these tanks, the building can operate for 16 days without snow.   These solar panels also generate heat and electricity for the building, providing in nearly all of its heating and power needs - only the kitchen still makes use of gas. When there is no sunlight, a backup generator that runs on rapeseed oil will produce electricity.   Sewage farm and isolation Another huge plus: human waste will no longer be dumped on the mountainside. Instead, the six environmentally friendly toilets within the hut are built to be ecological and clean. The amount of water that they use is minimised through the implementation of a vacuum-suction system that most of us will know from aircrafts. Upon flushing, the human waste will be collected in a tiny sewage farm that processes it into some kind of highly compacted sludge that can, if required, be heliported down to the valley and be disposed properly. No longer will eager mountaineers have to suffer from the cold: the new location is equipped with triple glazing and dual-flow ventilation, as well as insulation provided by wood-fibre panels. All of this ensures an indoor temperature that ranges between 18 degrees Celsius and 22 degrees Celsius.   Construction in pieces The entire structure was put together in pieces: pre-assembled parts were taken in by helicopter and mounted securely using a specific resin adhesive. This drastically reduced the number of nuts and bolts that would be required. It took three years to complete construction, with work only possible in the warmer months of the years - and frequently interrupted by severe weather events.   Despite the difficulties, the project supervisor Thomas Büchi and architect Dessimoz never wavered in their dedication to the project: “ What we're saying is that, if it's possible to build a self-sufficient, eco-friendly building at 3,835 metres, there's no excuse for not doing it at sea level .” And right they are! The need for an ecologically sustainable building at this altitude and in this spot might have been doubted by some, yet it only seems to highlight the possibilities and the ease with which it can be executed, if only those in charge are dedicated to doing ‘the right thing’.   Countering the effects of global warming Even in this small Mont Blanc community, the effects of global warming and other strains that have been put on the natural  environment are starting to show. The number of serious accidents amongst climbers on the Mont Blanc has increased significantly in recent years, most of which resulting from falling rocks. In the past, snow and ice would keep them in place, yet due to warmer temperatures, they are loose and subject to sliding at any time. Last summer alone, more than 1,000 climbers experienced falling rocks on their ascent. With the ever-increasing number of people gearing up to conquer Europe’s highest mountain, it only seems to underline the importance of providing ecological and sustainable accommodation and facilities: to preserve this miracle of Mother Nature for many generations to come. https://www.whatsorb.com/category/architecture
Only a small number of us will ever be able to experience it: the last stop before the final climb to the top of the Mont Blanc. This stop on the main route was notorious for its lousy accommodation: a bland, uncomfortable building built in the sixties, that was not only painfully outdated but also an environmental hazard. Those visiting for an overnight stay would do well to prepare themselves for recurring problems with hygiene - the two outside toilets are not only inconvenient, they also heavily pollute the surrounding area through its direct emptying of waste on the mountainside - and freezing nightly temperatures, even inside.   Not exactly a great preparation for one of the biggest climbs in some climbers’ lives, yet it certainly adds a certain something to the charm and roughness associated with mountaineering. Right? Well, that logic might have been sound until recently, when it was high time to upgrade the lodging. A new, sustainable mountain hut This was done in the form of the Refuge du Goûter, a new and ecological hut. The remarkable structure, resembling some kind of futuristic egg, has four stories and an all-wooden structure that has been clad using stainless steel. It partly overhangs the cliff below, guaranteeing breathtaking views and enhancing its ‘curb appeal’. And appeal it certainly has. Not only from an architectural point of view (the Swiss designer Hervé Dessimoz spent five years merely designing the building), but also from an ecological point of view. The building is self-sufficient in its demand for energy and water, boasting a solar thermal system and self-sufficient water supply.   Plenty of ecological features This sophisticated system for water reclamation provides a supply of water for cooking and washing. It makes good use of the egg shape of the building: because of the wind, constant turbulence lets the snow slide across its outer skin, after which it accumulates in a grid of some 60 square meters. Within this grid, heat generated by solar panels melts this snow, after which it is collected in huge tanks. Due to the size of these tanks, the building can operate for 16 days without snow.   These solar panels also generate heat and electricity for the building, providing in nearly all of its heating and power needs - only the kitchen still makes use of gas. When there is no sunlight, a backup generator that runs on rapeseed oil will produce electricity.   Sewage farm and isolation Another huge plus: human waste will no longer be dumped on the mountainside. Instead, the six environmentally friendly toilets within the hut are built to be ecological and clean. The amount of water that they use is minimised through the implementation of a vacuum-suction system that most of us will know from aircrafts. Upon flushing, the human waste will be collected in a tiny sewage farm that processes it into some kind of highly compacted sludge that can, if required, be heliported down to the valley and be disposed properly. No longer will eager mountaineers have to suffer from the cold: the new location is equipped with triple glazing and dual-flow ventilation, as well as insulation provided by wood-fibre panels. All of this ensures an indoor temperature that ranges between 18 degrees Celsius and 22 degrees Celsius.   Construction in pieces The entire structure was put together in pieces: pre-assembled parts were taken in by helicopter and mounted securely using a specific resin adhesive. This drastically reduced the number of nuts and bolts that would be required. It took three years to complete construction, with work only possible in the warmer months of the years - and frequently interrupted by severe weather events.   Despite the difficulties, the project supervisor Thomas Büchi and architect Dessimoz never wavered in their dedication to the project: “ What we're saying is that, if it's possible to build a self-sufficient, eco-friendly building at 3,835 metres, there's no excuse for not doing it at sea level .” And right they are! The need for an ecologically sustainable building at this altitude and in this spot might have been doubted by some, yet it only seems to highlight the possibilities and the ease with which it can be executed, if only those in charge are dedicated to doing ‘the right thing’.   Countering the effects of global warming Even in this small Mont Blanc community, the effects of global warming and other strains that have been put on the natural  environment are starting to show. The number of serious accidents amongst climbers on the Mont Blanc has increased significantly in recent years, most of which resulting from falling rocks. In the past, snow and ice would keep them in place, yet due to warmer temperatures, they are loose and subject to sliding at any time. Last summer alone, more than 1,000 climbers experienced falling rocks on their ascent. With the ever-increasing number of people gearing up to conquer Europe’s highest mountain, it only seems to underline the importance of providing ecological and sustainable accommodation and facilities: to preserve this miracle of Mother Nature for many generations to come. https://www.whatsorb.com/category/architecture
Sustainable Way To The Top: Refuge Du Gouter France
Sustainable Way To The Top: Refuge Du Gouter France
Meet the eco-friendly tiny house boat
It is the perfect holiday or retirement plan for many. Waking up to the soothing feeling of waves gently rocking you, brushing your teeth to the sound of seabirds, and having your morning coffee whilst overlooking wide open bodies of water. Spending your days cruising the sea and throwing out your fishing rod. An idyllic fantasy, that all too often remains just that - a fantasy. The costs are too high, and not only the monetary costs. Boats have a huge impact on the environment, and the footprint that they leave is significant. That is, up until now. A trend is emerging in the boating industry where sustainability and green living take center stage. Instead of focusing on luxurious and high-tech solutions, manufacturers start looking at the use of renewables and recyclables. This has led to the launch of a number of particularly interesting products; the tiny house boat. Let’s zoom in on one of those innovations. Tiny house  boat Earlier this year, Canadian company The Daigno Group released their unique house boat concept ‘Le Koroc’. Prized as an ‘innovative, bold and refined concept’, it seeks to combine boat living with fishing excursions while providing a portable micro chalet or tiny house. The end-result is a small, yet comfortable boat with a decently sized deck and a living cabin, including a small kitchenette area and a bathroom with shower and toilet. It was built by a team of experienced fishermen, nature lovers and wood connoisseurs. This is clearly reflected in all aspects of the boat, with plenty of space for fishing amenities and add-ons, usage of high-quality and eco-friendly wood, and its sustainable production and consumption process. Or so its press release claims. Sustainable  and recyclable ‘Le Koroc’ is a good example of the boating industry moving towards greener and ecologically friendlier ways of doing business. Materials used are obtained from sustainable resources. The boat’s light weight - about 2,500 kg - ensures that its energy consumption is limited, both on water and on the road. Transporting the vehicle will therefore not use up valuable energy sources. Besides those two main ‘headlines’, there are more examples of nifty ways through which this sustainable tiny houseboat minimises its ecological footprint. For example, the water used in the shower and in the sinks first gets treated by a dedicated charcoal filtering system before being discharged. Photovoltaic panels on the boat serve to capture solar energy. The energy is stored in two batteries, one of which is used for the fridge and the other to power the LED-lighting on board. LED-lighting that, by the way, ensures lower and safer power consumption. The stove in the kitchenette is fuelled with propane, while customers could opt for a bio-controlled litter toilet. Although these are only some of the ways through which The Daigno Group has chosen for sustainability over profitability, it is clearly indicative of a shift towards eco-friendlier boats. Why would you? For those lucky few that can afford to buy a yacht and use it to cruise the world, sustainability has never been much of a focus point. Eco-friendly boats such as ‘Le Koroc’ are clearly trying to change this in several ways. First of all, due to its small size and simplicity, this generation of boats is very affordable, making that retirement dream mentioned in the beginning of this blog a reality. Secondly, and more importantly, it highlights the importance of finding greener vacation and/or living accommodations. Through its use of sustainable materials, reduced energy consumption, and waste-minimising solutions a whole another target group is reached. Would you still rather dream of that luxurious yacht? This is as good a time as any to remind you once again that luxury and sustainability are not necessarily a trade-off. Just look at ‘Le Koroc’, a handcrafted, personalised, complete and light tiny home-on-the-water. Perhaps you could have both. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/architecture/tinyhouses
It is the perfect holiday or retirement plan for many. Waking up to the soothing feeling of waves gently rocking you, brushing your teeth to the sound of seabirds, and having your morning coffee whilst overlooking wide open bodies of water. Spending your days cruising the sea and throwing out your fishing rod. An idyllic fantasy, that all too often remains just that - a fantasy. The costs are too high, and not only the monetary costs. Boats have a huge impact on the environment, and the footprint that they leave is significant. That is, up until now. A trend is emerging in the boating industry where sustainability and green living take center stage. Instead of focusing on luxurious and high-tech solutions, manufacturers start looking at the use of renewables and recyclables. This has led to the launch of a number of particularly interesting products; the tiny house boat. Let’s zoom in on one of those innovations. Tiny house  boat Earlier this year, Canadian company The Daigno Group released their unique house boat concept ‘Le Koroc’. Prized as an ‘innovative, bold and refined concept’, it seeks to combine boat living with fishing excursions while providing a portable micro chalet or tiny house. The end-result is a small, yet comfortable boat with a decently sized deck and a living cabin, including a small kitchenette area and a bathroom with shower and toilet. It was built by a team of experienced fishermen, nature lovers and wood connoisseurs. This is clearly reflected in all aspects of the boat, with plenty of space for fishing amenities and add-ons, usage of high-quality and eco-friendly wood, and its sustainable production and consumption process. Or so its press release claims. Sustainable  and recyclable ‘Le Koroc’ is a good example of the boating industry moving towards greener and ecologically friendlier ways of doing business. Materials used are obtained from sustainable resources. The boat’s light weight - about 2,500 kg - ensures that its energy consumption is limited, both on water and on the road. Transporting the vehicle will therefore not use up valuable energy sources. Besides those two main ‘headlines’, there are more examples of nifty ways through which this sustainable tiny houseboat minimises its ecological footprint. For example, the water used in the shower and in the sinks first gets treated by a dedicated charcoal filtering system before being discharged. Photovoltaic panels on the boat serve to capture solar energy. The energy is stored in two batteries, one of which is used for the fridge and the other to power the LED-lighting on board. LED-lighting that, by the way, ensures lower and safer power consumption. The stove in the kitchenette is fuelled with propane, while customers could opt for a bio-controlled litter toilet. Although these are only some of the ways through which The Daigno Group has chosen for sustainability over profitability, it is clearly indicative of a shift towards eco-friendlier boats. Why would you? For those lucky few that can afford to buy a yacht and use it to cruise the world, sustainability has never been much of a focus point. Eco-friendly boats such as ‘Le Koroc’ are clearly trying to change this in several ways. First of all, due to its small size and simplicity, this generation of boats is very affordable, making that retirement dream mentioned in the beginning of this blog a reality. Secondly, and more importantly, it highlights the importance of finding greener vacation and/or living accommodations. Through its use of sustainable materials, reduced energy consumption, and waste-minimising solutions a whole another target group is reached. Would you still rather dream of that luxurious yacht? This is as good a time as any to remind you once again that luxury and sustainability are not necessarily a trade-off. Just look at ‘Le Koroc’, a handcrafted, personalised, complete and light tiny home-on-the-water. Perhaps you could have both. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/architecture/tinyhouses
Meet the eco-friendly tiny house boat
Meet the eco-friendly tiny house boat
Travel sustainable! 10 Easy tips to go green on holiday
Sustainable travel. Easy tips to make the world a little better Since my visit to Sumatra I really realize what an impact we as people have on nature and the world around us, especially when traveling. In this section I discuss an aspect of sustainable travel every month and I highlight green and inspiring initiatives in the field of tourism. This time: 10 easy tips to go green on a trip. The first steps to a sustainable travel style A green lifestyle is often seen as difficult and expensive. Organic products cost more money than regular foods, and waste-free life requires a certain dedication. But does that also apply to green travel? Yes, it costs money to compensate your air travel and it is always a search for a hotel run by locals. Yet it does not have to be difficult to adopt a sustainable travel style, and you can even make the world a little better with a small budget. With the summer season approaching, I have put 10 easy tips for a greener travel style at a glance. They cost little money and little effort, but are a good step towards a green travel style and a better world. Pull all plugs out of their sockets at home when leaving Thinking green can be so simple ... Your house is full of electrical appliances that use power and energy during your absence. That is not only bad for the environment, but also for your wallet. Check this just before departure and pull out as many plugs as possible. In any case, of all devices that have a light on or the digital time is displayed, such as your television, alarm clock and the oven. Use a digital boarding pass By making optimal use of modern techniques you can save a lot of paper. For example, use a digital boarding pass or download the app from your airline company. You can also easily manage hotel reservations via your phone, for example with the Wallet for iPhone app. No more hassle with printers and packs of paper, but everything at hand via your smartphone. Check the conditions of your airline. There are of course also comparable apps for Android phones. Eat vegetarian in the airplane Meat is bad for the planet, and ideally we are all vegetarian. I do not see that happening that fast, but decreasing is already a step in the right direction. Choose, for example, to only eat really tasty meat, for example in a good restaurant or from an organic butcher. One of the places where you can certainly leave your meat is on the plane. These meals are not exactly gourmet delights, so a good reason to choose a meatless meal here. Please indicate your preference for a meal during the booking process. An additional advantage: you get your food first. Use as  less plastic as possible Limit the use of plastic. Particularly in the poorer countries plastic often ends up in nature or is burned along the roadside. It is certainly not good for nature at all, so try to contribute as little as possible as a tourist. Below I have put a few useful tips on a list. - Take a shopping bag with you - Use a LifestrawGo or other water bottle - Use your own earplugs on the plane - Take a blanket for yourself on the plane Leave soap, pens and note blocks where they are; in your ‘hotel room’ If you sleep in a luxury hotel, you can collect quite a few goodies. Care products, but also slippers, pens and note blocks: leave it as much as possible in the packaging and in the hotel, because it costs a lot of raw materials to make and transport everything. Have you used anything from the care products? Take the bottles home at the end of your stay, because half-empty bottles are often thrown away. Don’t take every day a clean towel Try to do a little longer with your towel in the hotel, because you can quickly fill a washing machine with the towels from one hotel room. In some hotels the reuse of a towel is happily encouraged and you even get a nice counterpart. For example, at the Qbic Hotel in London, I received a £ 5 voucher every day if my room was not cleaned that day. Another tip for the hotel: go in the shower instead of in the bath. And do not use the laundry at a large hotel, because often every garment is washed separately. It is also often cheaper to hand over your laundry at a local launderette. Photo by: Hans van der Broek , GreenAppeHoiAn, Bicycle Tours Rent a bicycle  instead of a scooter A scooter gives you the ultimate freedom on vacation, because you can drive to remote villages and beaches on your own. But a scooter is also pretty polluting and the noise can deter and drive away wild animals. Therefore, change the scooter for a bike and explore the area on your own. Is your holiday destination hilly and do you have to cover long distances? Then consider an e-bike or an electric scooter. Photo by Etienne Bossot: An Bang Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam. 'GreenappleHoian' Take some litter with you Are you going for a walk in a nature reserve? Kayaking? Snorkeling? Take the litter that is in nature and throw it away in the right way. Collect plastic bottles that people have carelessly thrown into the sea or a piece of the beach. You do not have to pick up the whole afternoon, but to pick up some is a small effort. Be critical on the souvenirs you buy Do not buy souvenirs made of tropical hardwood, coral, shells or animals. For example, in Vietnam you can buy bottles of whiskey with a scorpion, snake or other animal in the bottle. So look critically at the souvenirs you want to take home. Return leaflets, maps and brochures back When traveling, you regularly get a map or brochure printed in your hands. Imagine how many boxes of paper every day have to be towed to provide all tourists with information that is also just on the internet. Therefore, say as much as possible no to all the paperwork you receive, or return it at the end of your visit. Even better: download the museum's app or make sure you have the website open on your phone. Setting yourself a sustainable lifestyle is done in small steps and all the bits help. By: expeditieaardbol.nl https://www.whatsorb.com/category/travel
Sustainable travel. Easy tips to make the world a little better Since my visit to Sumatra I really realize what an impact we as people have on nature and the world around us, especially when traveling. In this section I discuss an aspect of sustainable travel every month and I highlight green and inspiring initiatives in the field of tourism. This time: 10 easy tips to go green on a trip. The first steps to a sustainable travel style A green lifestyle is often seen as difficult and expensive. Organic products cost more money than regular foods, and waste-free life requires a certain dedication. But does that also apply to green travel? Yes, it costs money to compensate your air travel and it is always a search for a hotel run by locals. Yet it does not have to be difficult to adopt a sustainable travel style, and you can even make the world a little better with a small budget. With the summer season approaching, I have put 10 easy tips for a greener travel style at a glance. They cost little money and little effort, but are a good step towards a green travel style and a better world. Pull all plugs out of their sockets at home when leaving Thinking green can be so simple ... Your house is full of electrical appliances that use power and energy during your absence. That is not only bad for the environment, but also for your wallet. Check this just before departure and pull out as many plugs as possible. In any case, of all devices that have a light on or the digital time is displayed, such as your television, alarm clock and the oven. Use a digital boarding pass By making optimal use of modern techniques you can save a lot of paper. For example, use a digital boarding pass or download the app from your airline company. You can also easily manage hotel reservations via your phone, for example with the Wallet for iPhone app. No more hassle with printers and packs of paper, but everything at hand via your smartphone. Check the conditions of your airline. There are of course also comparable apps for Android phones. Eat vegetarian in the airplane Meat is bad for the planet, and ideally we are all vegetarian. I do not see that happening that fast, but decreasing is already a step in the right direction. Choose, for example, to only eat really tasty meat, for example in a good restaurant or from an organic butcher. One of the places where you can certainly leave your meat is on the plane. These meals are not exactly gourmet delights, so a good reason to choose a meatless meal here. Please indicate your preference for a meal during the booking process. An additional advantage: you get your food first. Use as  less plastic as possible Limit the use of plastic. Particularly in the poorer countries plastic often ends up in nature or is burned along the roadside. It is certainly not good for nature at all, so try to contribute as little as possible as a tourist. Below I have put a few useful tips on a list. - Take a shopping bag with you - Use a LifestrawGo or other water bottle - Use your own earplugs on the plane - Take a blanket for yourself on the plane Leave soap, pens and note blocks where they are; in your ‘hotel room’ If you sleep in a luxury hotel, you can collect quite a few goodies. Care products, but also slippers, pens and note blocks: leave it as much as possible in the packaging and in the hotel, because it costs a lot of raw materials to make and transport everything. Have you used anything from the care products? Take the bottles home at the end of your stay, because half-empty bottles are often thrown away. Don’t take every day a clean towel Try to do a little longer with your towel in the hotel, because you can quickly fill a washing machine with the towels from one hotel room. In some hotels the reuse of a towel is happily encouraged and you even get a nice counterpart. For example, at the Qbic Hotel in London, I received a £ 5 voucher every day if my room was not cleaned that day. Another tip for the hotel: go in the shower instead of in the bath. And do not use the laundry at a large hotel, because often every garment is washed separately. It is also often cheaper to hand over your laundry at a local launderette. Photo by: Hans van der Broek , GreenAppeHoiAn, Bicycle Tours Rent a bicycle  instead of a scooter A scooter gives you the ultimate freedom on vacation, because you can drive to remote villages and beaches on your own. But a scooter is also pretty polluting and the noise can deter and drive away wild animals. Therefore, change the scooter for a bike and explore the area on your own. Is your holiday destination hilly and do you have to cover long distances? Then consider an e-bike or an electric scooter. Photo by Etienne Bossot: An Bang Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam. 'GreenappleHoian' Take some litter with you Are you going for a walk in a nature reserve? Kayaking? Snorkeling? Take the litter that is in nature and throw it away in the right way. Collect plastic bottles that people have carelessly thrown into the sea or a piece of the beach. You do not have to pick up the whole afternoon, but to pick up some is a small effort. Be critical on the souvenirs you buy Do not buy souvenirs made of tropical hardwood, coral, shells or animals. For example, in Vietnam you can buy bottles of whiskey with a scorpion, snake or other animal in the bottle. So look critically at the souvenirs you want to take home. Return leaflets, maps and brochures back When traveling, you regularly get a map or brochure printed in your hands. Imagine how many boxes of paper every day have to be towed to provide all tourists with information that is also just on the internet. Therefore, say as much as possible no to all the paperwork you receive, or return it at the end of your visit. Even better: download the museum's app or make sure you have the website open on your phone. Setting yourself a sustainable lifestyle is done in small steps and all the bits help. By: expeditieaardbol.nl https://www.whatsorb.com/category/travel
Travel sustainable! 10 Easy tips to go green on holiday
Travel sustainable! 10 Easy tips to go green on holiday
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