The founder of the new Polish sustainable hotels project explains how her idea was born…
“Green Hotels Index was born from my inner belief that there is no other way to travel than sustainable way, wherever I go – I want to stay and sleep green.
I launched it a few months ago after publishing the post on green hotels and their eco standards on Slow Fix Blog It made me realize there are neither tour operators, nor websites in my country that provide information on green lodgings.
I have chosen pineapple as an icon of Green Hotels Index because of its symbolic meaning. It’s not only nicely looking and tasty fruit but the source of pinatex -planet & people friendly textile produced out of pineapple’s leaves that traditionally used to be waste. It’s alike green hotels they keep their standards without producing extra waste and that help preserving nature around.
Everyone is using social media to get inspired or learn something new so I have started with fanpage on Facebook and recently on Instagram. Green Hotels Index fanpage is mainly the source of information on the sustainable and responsible hotels of the world but also green initiatives related to lodgings. I have serious commitment to delivering honest content. Thereof I not only search for green hotels but also check carefully through various resources if they have both green philosophy and green standards, not only imitating them.
I created Green Hotels Index to help spreading the word on leading sustainable places within the industry providing direct links to green hotels worldwide with comments. Once having possibility I check them personally and give broader overview on their eco standards. I dedicated Green Hotels Index to responsible tourists, eco travellers , hotels searching for inspirations to become green, sustainability commentators, travel bloggers, or someone simply looking to keep on eco news within hotel industry. I hope all of them find heaps of helpful information and resources. My initiative has adopted the United Nation’s Year of Sustainability for Tourism Development to explore the theme of ‘green lodgings’ to inspire responsible tourism and highlight examples of best green practice within hotel industry.
I would like Green Hotels Index to become a first hand database of green lodgings of the world especially for Poles but of course all nations are welcome.
Visit www.facebook.com/greenhotelsindex to learn more, contact Blanka Kolago at [email protected] to be added into the Green Hotels Index.