March 16, 2011
Hostels go above and beyond for Earth Hour
This year on Saturday 26th March at 8.30pm lights will switch off across the world for one hour - Earth Hour. When the lights come back on after Earth Hour, we are asked to think about what we can change in our daily lives to help the planet. The message has always been to change our ways and consider our planet for future generations and now with the help of Hostelworld.com we can. They are already taking the next step with a variety of eco-friendly hostel options available.
Hostelworld.com have selected their top picks of the best hostels around the world that are already going that extra mile to make our planet a greener, more eco friendly place so you can be safe in the knowledge that you too are doing your bit for the environment. Every person has the power to make a change.
Eco Pampa Hostel, Buenos Aries, Argentina
Eco Pampa Hostel has a genuine commitment to the environment and ecology. Eco Pampa respect the 3 R's - Reduce, Recycle and Reuse in all that they do. They offer solar panels, air chambers with crossed ventilation, ecological computers, digital check-in, garbage recycling and many more ideas to save our planet. Situated in the heart of Palermo Soho, it is a perfect hostel to enjoy the sites that Buenos Aries has to offer whilst doing your bit for the environment.
Prices from €11.29/night
Aveiro Rossio Hostel, Aveiro, Portugal
Aveiro Rossio Hostel pride themselves on their commitment to being 'eco-friendly'. For nine months of the year all the hot water used by the Hostel is heated by solar panels. Energy saving light bulbs are widely used throughout the Hostel as are 'eco-friendly' appliances and sealed windows to prevent energy loss. Many of the features and furnishings guests see in the common areas are recycled and bought from a local non-profit organisation. In addition to being eco-friendly Aveiro Rossio also support and promote local businesses. They buy local products as well as providing a venue for local photographers to showcase their work and a place to sell locally produced arts and crafts.
Prices from €16.00/night
Ecohostel Andromeda, Ghent, Belgium
Ecohostel Andromeda is an ecological hostel on a boat in Ghent. 'Eco' refers to the underlying ideas of the hostel, both ecological and economical. Guests can enjoy a guilt free stay with the low-energy concept of the interior and their energy supply is approached in an economical way. Start the day with the organic breakfast that is available all year round.
Prices from €22.00/night
Looming Hostel, Tartu, Estonia
In Estonia 'Looming' means 'creation', and this is exactly what is on offer at Looming Hostel with the new artistic style of accommodation. Cosy, warm and clean guestrooms are all created by different artists. With the environment in mind natural materials have been used and 99% of decorations are reused in order to reduce the ecological footprint. Located on the attic floor of the Young Estonian Creativity Centre there is plenty to see and do to include workshops, concerts, events, fairs and festivals.
Prices from €15.10/night
Mosaic House, Prague, Czech Republic
Mosaic House features some of the most sophisticated green technology in the hospitality industry. Features include the first greywater recycling unit with heat recuperation technology in the Czech Republic, water heated by solar panels, energy-efficient lighting, room temperature levels and electric shutters controlled by a super computer based on occupancy. The bathrooms have with low-flow toilets, rain dance showers and more. Mosaic House is the perfect location to contribute to the environment without compromising on comfort.
Prices from €3.71/night
Samhitakasha Cob House, Muizenberg, South Africa
Samhitakasha Cob House bed and breakfast provides a unique experience with a stay in a beautiful family home built out of organic materials such as mud, straw and wood. It is finished with natural sealants, eco-friendly paints and is all put together with love and attention. Here you can relax in a room furnished with natural and organic materials, take a shower heated by the sun and enjoy a full organic breakfast on offer all year round. This is a full eco offering just 200 metres from the city's top Blue Flag surfing and swimming beach.
Private Double Room from €34.74/night
For more information visit http://www.hostelworld.com/earth-hour
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