Green is the new black—it’s the color of the 21st century. Everywhere we turn, businesses are espousing their green values and corporate social responsibility. But what does that really mean?
A successful business must also have a conscience; it has to care about its effect on their surroundings and overall carbon footprint. It has to be inclusive of the nearby communities and support local industries. Some large companies donate to charities of their choice, but we here at Eco Hotel take on a more hands-on approach.
Every part of our hotels has been thought out and meticulously planned. Each detail: from the recycled light fixtures, cork keys, refurbished wood, and even down to our hotel slippers. Gulod Cabuyao Laguna Foundation, in operation since December 2012, supplies us with bedroom slippers that are made from water lilies.
Thick growth of water lilies interferes with oxygen exchange and traps heat in the water. The foundation addresses this by gathering fisher folks to collect the water lilies and pays them a sum for the collection. They train and employ out of school youth and persons with disability on the production of their items.They provide green jobs and education for locals.
We are doing business with them because we share the same green values. True CSR must enrich its community and lessen the impact on our environment. It is a mindset that compels us to make the right business choices, and seek out those who believe the same.
If you are a small business owner looking to go green or just an avid environmentalist that wants to help, here is a step in the right direction! Gulod Cabuyao Foundation has an entire product list (key chains, wine bags, wine racks, etc.) made from water lilies. We are their first hotel clients, but they do retail sales through local bazaars. To inquire, please call (0920) 5245928 and look for Rowena Jordas.
Eco Hotels aims to provide an entirely green experience for our guests, from the façade of the hotel to its bedroom slippers. All around guests see elements of our local culture peppered across the properties. Eco Hotel Alona Bohol is rooted around a large acacia tree, which provides nice foliage and ambiance at night. The rooms at El Nido, Palawan are adorned with Palawan handicrafts that showcase our local artists.
Even the cup of coffee served at Eco Hotels is proudly local. Project Loco (LOcal COffee) began as a thesis by a student from the College of Benilde. Her idea was to find the coffee producers and farmers in the provinces, and ensure a market here in Manila. Their motto is “For local farmers, coffee is more than just a lifestyle. It’s a livelihood.”
For those of us that find ourselves in the daily city grind, coffee is a non-negotiable. Essential. In every coffee experience, it should speak of its origin and the farmers that carefully cared for hand picked the beans.
Project Loco is dedicated to sustaining the local coffee industry and the people whom the industry supports. Buying commercial coffee, while convenient yet pricey, completely cuts out opportunities for our farmers. Instant coffee is no better, because they buy in bulk and discourage our farmers from producing unique beans. Making the simple shift to buying local coffee products direct from the source will save you money and support countless communities. Our coffee is something to be truly proud of! Our beans are one of the strongest and boldest roasts in Asia!