Terri is writer who loves to inspire with words. She is also a facilitator of Ecopsychology workshops & wellness retreats and loves being immersed in nature! For more on her work visit www.onelovelivity.com
The human eye is attracted to beauty although beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder and not everyone’s tastes are the same! However in a world of increasing plastic and machine-made items that all look the same, it is a wonderful thing to be able to decorate our homes with unique, handmade and local items.
The Caribbean has a wealth of both traditional crafts and new innovative artistry. From paintings to sculptures, cloth to baskets there is a beautiful item ready to capture our imagination and decorate our homes (or body) in a unique way.
Buying or developing an ecolodge can be an inspiring and savvy decision as the Caribbean region puts more promotion on ecotourism and travelers become more conscious of where they put their vacation dollars.
Unfortunately some ecolodges fall into a trap of ‘green-washing’ and substituting hardcore eco-principles for a few energy saving light bulbs and towel reuse policy! Whilst these are good baby steps, there is a lot more to ecolodges than a few pieces of gadgetry and a load less washing!
The International Ecolodge Guidelines is an essential book for anyone contemplating investing in an ecolodge property. The crux of the book is the essential criteria for what constitutes an ecolodge and the various chapters emphasize and go into detail on these principles.
The report also advises that being an eco-investor means good economics as well as good ecology. Most eco-properties which utilize renewable energy end up being more cost effective in the long run than traditional properties. In addition as demand increases for sustainable properties, the price for these investments will be higher for traditional developments.
Continue reading "Going for Green - Being an Eco-Property Investor."
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