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CAST: Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism
Established in 1997 by the Caribbean Hotel Association, the non-profit promotes responsible environmental and social management of natural and heritage resources within the hotel and tourism sectors.
Awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States, the Energy Star rating is given only to products deemed the best energy savers on the market. Energy Star equipment uses an average 65% less electricity than standard models.
FSC: Forest Stewardship Council
A non-profit organisation that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests by setting certain standards; independent certification and independent labelling make sure that forestry is practised in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner.
The only globally recognised brand that assures commitment to improved environmental and social outcomes for a more sustainable travel and tourism industry.
LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
An internationally recognised green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests and biodiversity, this internationally recognised non-profit aims to develop sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices.
- Americans buy 28 billion single-serving plastic water bottles every year; 80% of those end up in landfills.
- 2,500,000 plastic bottles are used every hour by Americans.
- 25,000,000,000 amount of styrofoam cups thrown away every year in the U.S.
BECOME A GREEN MACHINE
- Unplug anything in your house that you are not using. In the U.S., ‘phantom electricity’ emits about 12 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere a year.
- Change standard light bulbs for energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs.
- Use cloth napkins during meals instead of paper napkins.
- Use reusable water bottles.
- Recycle everything: cans, plastic, (news) paper, magazines, cardboard boxes.
- Printer cartridges take about 450 years to decompose. Refill them!
- Replace old windows with energyefficient ones.
- Keep your tyres inflated; you will save money on fuel and go further per mile.
BYOB: BRING YOUR OWN BAG
FACT: 4 to 5 trillion. The number of non-degradable plastic bags used worldwide annually.
FACT: A plastic shopping bag can take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose. Think paper is better? The U.S. cuts down 14 million trees per year simply to supply the demand for paper shopping bags.
FACT: Annually, ocean debris worldwide kills at least 1 million sea birds and 100,000 mammals. Whales, seals, turtles and other marine animals die of starvation after ingesting discarded plastic bags that block their digestive tracts.
FACT: Plastic is the largest source of ocean litter. The second most abundant is cigarettes.
FACT: The average reusable bag has the lifespan of over seven hundred disposable plastic bags
SAVE: 675 gallons per month by turning off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving.
SAVE: 870 gallons per month by replacing old toilets with new low-flow toilets.
- Coral reefs protect shores from the impact from waves and storms; provide vital sustenance to 500± million people daily; and provide US$375± billion in goods and services globally.
- Corals’ porous limestone skeletons have been used for human bone grafts and coral has been used in the treatment of cancer, HIV and other diseases.
- Be a conscious consumer: only purchase sustainable seafood approved by your local Seafood WATCH Guide (www.seafoodwatch.com); do not purchase tropical marine life as pets or luxury goods; and use reef-safe sunscreen.
- Be active: take part in local beach and sea clean ups; support your local marine environment parks and projects; and encourage local governments to protect the marine environment.
DID YOU KNOW?
- For every tonne of paper that is recycled, you save: 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil and enough electricity to power an average house for six months.
- By recycling one aluminium can, you save enough electricity to run a TV for six hours.
- By recycling one glass bottle, you save enough electricity to power a 100-watt bulb for four hours.
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