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The Two Most Sustainable Hotels in Shanghai上海最环保的两家酒店
In the last few years, we have heard a lot about sustainable tourism. Tourism that takes into consideration his impact on the environment and tries to be as less harmful as possible. Nowadays, this has developed from travel tend to a priority, especially in the hospitality sector. Increased consumer and governmental awareness about this environmental crisis has lead to a rising demand for eco-accommodation, considered to be both sustainable and respectful for people and nature.
在过去的几年中，我们听到了很多有关旅游业的可持续发展：考虑对环境的影响并尽量减少危害。 如今，可持续已从发展成为旅游业的优先事项，尤其是在酒店。 消费者和政府对这种环境危机的意识增强，使人们对生态住所的需求不断增加。人们认为生态住所既可持续，又尊重人与自然。
Which impact has the hospitality industry on the environment?
Tourism contributes to about 5% of global greenhouses emissions, a percentage that is expected to grow by 130% within 2035. At the same time, to align with the Paris Climate Agreement, the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) found that the hotel industry will need to reduce its gas emissions per room by 90% by 2050 (compared to a baseline from 2010). Besides gas emissions, the hospitality industry produces a huge waste of water, disposable materials, energy, and food.
What makes an Eco-Hotel?
Eco-Hotel is a relatively new concept. On a global level, one of the most famous certifications is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). However, each country has its certifications and usually more than one. Introduced in 2006, China Three Star System has grown to become one of the most popular green building standards in China. Since there is not a standard definition, we can simply define an Eco-Hotel as an environmentally responsible accommodation following green living practices. These can include the use of renewable energy systems, recycling bins, environmentally safe cleaning products, towels and sheet re-use programs, organic food or locally sourced food, sustainable materials and non-toxic varnishes for construction and interior design, ban of disposable toiletries. This list is not exhaustive of what hotels can do to be respectful to the environment, more can always be done.
生态酒店是一个相对较新的概念。 在全球范围内，最著名的认证之一是LEED（能源与环境设计领导力）。 但是，每个国家都有自己的认证，通常还不止一个。2006年，中国推出了三星级系统，现已发展成为中国最受欢迎的绿色建筑标准之一。 由于没有标准定义，我们可以简单地将Eco-Hotel定义为遵循绿色生活习惯的对环境负责的住所。这些措施包括使用可再生能源系统、回收箱、安全的清洁产品，重复使用的毛巾和床单、有机食品或本地采购的食品、可持续材料和用于建筑和室内设计的无毒清漆、不使用一次性洗护用品。这份清单并未详尽列出酒店在尊重环境方面可以做的事情，因为总有更多的事情可以做。
The Two Most Sustainable Hotels in Shanghai
Shanghai is a city where (hopefully!) eco-accommodation will increase in the following years. Now, let's explore the two most sustainable hotels:
1. Shanghai URBN Hotel
183 Jiaozhou Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai
URBN demonstrates that a luxury hotel does not need to be always heavy for the environment. The hotel managed to create a sustainable and elegant luxury design that is enjoyable for clients and good for the environment.
Located in a vibrant and elegant hub, the hotel was a former factory warehouse in French Concession and is China’s first 100 percent carbon-neutral hotel through his partnership with South Pole (one of the world's leading high-quality carbon offsetting companies). Reclaimed materials can be found everywhere from the outside to the inside part of the hotel: 100 percent locally source grey old bricks from French Concession and reclaimed wood for flooring. Vintage suitcases are used as decoration in the lobby and recycled wood has been used for creating sleek furniture in the rooms where beds are made from natural fibers including seaweed, coconut, and cactus fiber.
酒店位于充满活力和环境幽雅的枢纽，曾是旧法租界的工厂仓库，通过与世界领先的高品质碳中和公司之一的South Pole合作，成为中国第一家100％碳中和的酒店。 从酒店从外到内所有地方都可以找到环保材料：灰色旧砖和用于地板的再生木材全部本地采购。老式手提箱成为大堂的装饰，而在房间里的光滑的家具，比如木床是采用回收木料制作的，床的其他结构材料是由天然纤维制成的：海藻、椰子和仙人掌纤维。
A bamboo garden, with bamboos transplanted from the French Concession, can be found close to the lobby and helps the lobby to keep a nice temperature without the need of installing air conditioning. URBN uses energy-efficient lighting and environmentally-safe cleaning products. The hotel uses a water-based air conditioning system, heat recovery ventilators, and roofing insulation. They have a recycling program for any sheets and blankets can no longer use as well as electronic waste.
Despite its commitment to cutting down on waste, URBN does not skimp on comfort and style, shining a positive light on the concept of eco-hotel in China.
2. Shanghai Yunlu Fanpin Hotel
938 Songhong Road, Changning District, Shanghai
This minimalist and elegant hotel is located in Hongqiao area, close to the Fuyuan Zen Temple. The hotel is adopting many strategies to be more sustainable. It has not used commercial varnishes in the entire building and has chosen negative oxygen ion mud for the interior walls. The negative ion concentration is up to 8000-10000 per cube centimeters so that customers can enjoy breathing like in the forests without leaving Shanghai. The hotel's key idea is to keep it simple and in this way reduce energy consumption. Sustainable materials such as cotton or fabrics have been used for interior design. Customers cannot find any plastic in the hotel since it has put strong attention to craftsmanship, where the objects are realized by the local community of craftsmen. Even the small room card bags are sewed by housekeepers leading to a total abandonment of the conventional paper card folders.
The restaurant in the hotel serves natural food which ingredients are purchased locally and seasonally. It has a big terrace full of plants where customers can enjoy yoga and meditation classes.
Yunlu Fanpin Hotel wants to be simple and sustainable. With strong attention to the craftsmanship, Yunlu Fanpin Hotel is demonstrating to other hotels that if we only change the way we think and purchase we can have a positive impact on the environment and local community.
What else can make a difference?
Us. It is time to be more responsible tourists: let’s turn the lights off, use the same towel for a few days, turn off the air conditioning if not strictly necessary. As consumers, we can make a difference.