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Alaska Airlines Will Sell That Seat Right Out from Under You

December 15, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Airlines go through a lot of stuff each and every year, so it’s nice to see when they’re able to recycle some stuff instead of sending it off to the landfill. Alaska Airlines is one such carrier, as they’ve been sending their seat covers elsewhere for a chance at a new life.

The discarded leather material finds its way to the creative folks over at Mariclaro and, from there, your seat becomes a bag, an accessory, and a number of other things—and all from sustainable materials. The different style of bags—from messenger to attaché case—use airport codes for their names, so you can choose from options like the JFK or the SEA.

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Veggie Thursdays and No Cars? How Ghent is Europe's Greenest City

December 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's the greenest city in the world? Stockholm? Copenhagen? Eh, it's probably Dublin but for different reasons.

Ghent, like many European cities, faces immense pressure to adopt greener policies. Countries like Sweden, which plans to be the first oil-free nation by 2020, lead the way. But just a month ago, the Belgian city made another play into eco-friendliness by accepting the construction of the world's largest bio plant, just another one of the city's major green developments in the past years.

In the midst of its medieval landscape, Ghent embraces the green lifestyle to new, unexpected levels. According to Kermit the Frog, "it's not easy being green," but how is Ghent doing it so well?

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Help Restore Coral Reefs on Your Next Dive in the Florida Keys

October 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Coral Restoration Foundation now offers divers in the Florida Keys a unique opportunity to take action while doing something they love.

CRF encourages divers of all skill levels to take action through their core outreach programs. The 1- and 2-day excursions include classroom instruction and hands-on experience learning reef restoration techniques.

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Why London's Iconic Red Phone Booths are Turning Green

October 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen creative uses for phone booths in the past, as they’ve been turned into mobile charging stations over at the airport—among other ideas and other places. Now some of the iconic phone booths in London are getting a 21st century makeover, and once again it’s all about keeping devices charged and ready to go.

New green-hued phone booths are called Solarboxes and, for right now there’s only one; however, plans calls for at least a few more to be switched on in the coming weeks.

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Southwest's New Investment Could Mean More Jet Fuel, Fewer Forest Fires

September 26, 2014 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new Colorado company called Red Rock Biofuels is beginning to catch on in a big way.

Based in Fort Collins, Red Rock converts "woody biomass," including bark and tree branches, into renewable jet fuels. Last summer, it landed a contract with the U.S. military and this week, Southwest Airlines agreed to purchase 3 million gallons of the biofuel per year. The fuel will be produced at a soon-to-exist production plant in Oregon, and the first batch will be ready in 2016.

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The O'Hare Animals are Back for Another Season of Airport Maintenance

September 5, 2014 at 7:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Some furry friends are now back doing their thing over at Chicago-O’Hare, as they do their best to keep the airport grounds in tip-top shape.

We’ve mentioned unique airport groundskeeping crews before, but the herd that tends to the land in and around O’Hare might just be one of the best. They’re back at work this year, as goats, sheep, llamas, and donkeys are all doing their thing. They’re hungry and there’s apparently plenty to eat, as they work to eliminate all kinds of vegetation—even poison ivy.

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The Latest Airport to Edge Toward Eco-Efficiency is...

August 14, 2014 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

We don’t get to make it down to New Zealand as often as we’d like, but at least the next time we arrive we’ll feel a little bit better about our carbon footprint thanks to Auckland Airport.

The airport—the busiest one in the country—has announced all kinds of new partnerships and initiatives, and it’s all part of bringing a little bit of green to the airport experience. Officials will be spending around $2.5 million over the next few years to manage, measure, and maintain all kinds of energy usage and utilization.

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Cancun's Mindblowing Underwater Museum is Open to Visitors

Where: Cancun, Mexico
July 31, 2014 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

In 2009 we told you about a neat little conservation scheme that Mexico had brainstormed to preserve the country's coral reefs. The reefs around Cancun were getting overrun by tourists, and so the government wanted to give those tourists something different but still shiny to play with instead. In this case the folks in charge of Mexico travel decided to build the world's largest underwater museum, and to fill it with precious sculptures. It would give divers a brand new thing to explore. Clever clever.

Fast forward half a decade, and CNN just did a full-blown photo spread on the now-completed Museo Subacuático de Arte. The museum's collection is filled with among other things sculptures by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The article explains that the cement was covered with a particular kind of material that boosts coral growth, with the aim being that the art of providing a skeleton for a brand new coral reef.

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What Does Sustainability and 'Eco-Travel' in Costa Rica Even Mean?

Where: Costa Rica
July 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this week, our bro HotelChatter took a look at what it means for hotels to be eco-friendly and sustainable in Costa Rica. Instead of stars, a property is awarded anywhere from 0 to 5 leafs that represent its cooperation with the requirements set forth by the country’s Board of Tourism in its Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST).

The certificate was designed with the purpose of differentiating businesses and their level of responsibility as it relates to sustainable tourism. Hotels are definitely the most talked about entity when it comes to sustainability rankings, partly because they are the most consumptuous and partly because it is a trend that has caught on with the rest of the world. LEED Certifications, for example.

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Southwest Airlines Turns Old Seat Surfaces Into Soccer Balls

Where: Kenya
July 21, 2014 at 8:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’d imagine that refreshing and upgrading a cabin creates plenty of trash, rubbish, and garbage. However, it looks like the leather seating surfaces used by Southwest Airlines will find a second life after their time up in the air is complete.

The airline details things over on their blog, but we figured we would share things with you as well. It’s pretty darn neat. It’s all part of the airline’s program called LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose, as they turn old stuff into better stuff—or what they call upcycling rather than recycling.

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Taking in the Pretty at Singapore's National Orchid Garden

Where: National Orchid Garden, Botanic Gardens, Singapore, Singapore
July 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Singapore might be synonymous with skyscrapers (many just tall, some tall and slightly mental) and shopping malls, but there is a place to escape the city and focus on things much smaller and delicate: the beautiful orchids on display inside the city’s National Orchid Garden, showcasing over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids.

Part of Singapore’s Botanic Gardens, which date back to 1859, it’s a perfect antidote to a few days of city life, whether you’re an avid horticulturalist or just appreciate the pretty. The small entrance fee (SGD5 / $4) is worth it, especially since access to the rest of the Gardens is free.

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A New List of America's Top 10 Zoos Needs Some (Minor) Adjustments

June 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

Apparently USA Today owns something called 10Best. We don't know much about 10Best, except that it seems to publish travel-related Top 10 lists and its Twitter profile goes back to 2008. The division - we suppose it counts as a media division - also just published a list of the U.S.'s top 10 zoos.

That list, which was the result of four weeks of online voting and which we've reproduced below, is in a very precise sense obviously and straightforwardly incorrect.

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