Friday, November 23, 2007

Green Washing

There are many lodges out there which prefix eco in an effort to green wash their operations.Please check up how eco is the place before you make a booking. The organisation "Responsible Travel" gives guidelines about how to do this
Here are the 10 ways advocated by them

1)Ask the lodge owner if they have a written policy regarding the environment and local people. If its not written down then it probably means they are not taking it seriously.
2)Ask them to describe the single contribution to conservation or local people that they are most proud of.
3)Ask them how they measure their contribution to conservation and local communities.
4)Ask the lodge owner how many local people they employ, what % this is of the total, and whether any are in management positions.
5)Ask them what they have specifically done to help protect the environment and support conservation, and which local charities they work with.
6)Ask them what % of produce and services are sourced from within 25km of the lodge.
7)Ask them how they treat waste water and how they heat their building (solar is better than firewood, which can cause deforestation)
8)Ask them what information and advice is provided to tourists on local cultures and customs.
9)Ask them if they employ guides from the local community (local guides not only provide unmatched insights into local cultures, but are also aware of areas/behaviour that might cause offence among local people.
10)Ask them for ideas on how you might get involved with local people and conservation in a worthwhile and rewarding way for you and the destination.

That is all folks for now. I will keep you posted about some of the ecoldges and how I rate them

1 comment:

Johny Meppady said...

Thanks Mohan for all that info. It sure was an eye opener