Eco-friendly tourism is paying off in a big way for Botswana. From solar-powered boats to electrical vehicles for game viewing are just the start. Green building practises are also on the increase with many lodges opting for bamboo flooring and composite decking instead of natural wood and laminate flooring.
Luxury with a reduced footprint
"Chobe Game Lodge on Botswana's northern border is one of the country's luxurious facilities which prides itself on an environmental focus. "We've cut down our waste footprint by about 95%," said Johan Bruwer, general manager of the lodge.
One way of doing this is by using solar-powered boats and electrical vehicles for game viewing. "Our goal is to, in the next 18 months to 24 months, to offer our guests a total emission-free, carbon-free game viewing experience," said Bruwer.
Another lodge further south in the Okavanga Delta called Sandibe Okavango is proud of its eco-credentials. All water is treated and recycled onsite and 70% of the lodge's power comes from solar panels."
Eco Bamboo Africa prides itself in providing a self-sustainable Bamboo flooring product that is not only high in quality, offers a superior solution and is affordable, but aids in the positive wellbeing of mother earth for future generations. From crop to finish, Eco Bamboo spares no expense to provide a truly eco-friendly product.
Firstly, our bamboo is grown in their natural environment in jungles. No land has been cleared or eco systems destroyed. Our factories, where manufacturing takes place, are found situated centrally in the jungle which reduces transport and thus carbon emissions. The processing plant makes use of steam generated by the bamboo waste to be powered and then operated. Hydro electricity is also used from the nearby streams and rivers. Some electricity is used to operate slicing machine. Great care is taken to keep environmental disturbances to a minimum.
Our success is shown by the high quality of clean air and water of the surrounding the rivers and lakes. Although much has been achieved we continually strive to ensure that we truly are the eco-friendly choice.
Research has shown that there are proven tricks of the trade that not only improve your home but increase its value. All year round people spend thousands of their hard earned money on renovating and upgrading their homes and offices.
But are they spending wisely? Over the years there has been evidence that’s proven that upgrading one’s kitchen, painting your walls, extending entertainment areas with decking and a home’s flooring, are the top key areas one should invest in. Upgrading in these areas add the most value to your property: in other words more bang for your buck. Investing in high quality finishing’s can reap greater returns on investment.
How does the property owner still increase his or her value but without breaking the bank?
The experts say that homeowners should invest in “green” technologies and practices i.e. water wise plants and gardens, solar panels, recycling systems and bamboo flooring, countertops, and furniture. The latest research has shown that according to 46% of builders, the environmental value brings more monetary value for buyers.
This clearly indicates that the current buyer’s decision to invest or to purchase is greatly influenced by green practices and technologies. This also shows that the lack of making use of green technologies and materials can have detrimental implications for future profitability and sale.
But why Bamboo?
Bamboo vs Traditional hardwood: Bamboo is not a wood but a grass. This grass takes a meager 3 – 5 years to harvest, as opposed to hardwoods that take up to 50, proving it’s a sustainable source that regenerates itself in a fraction of the time. Furthermore a Bamboo grove reduces carbon emissions up to 30% more than a similar size tree grove. It also reduces soil erosion through its root network system and has natural anti-bacterial properties, eliminating the need for pesticides and chemicals that are harmful to other plants, animals, birds and humans. Bamboo also needs very little water – reducing the demand on this increasingly scarce resource…
Eco Bamboo Africa’s Bamboo “hardwood” floors are harder than most sort after hardwoods. This makes our Bamboo more durable and allows it to carry heavier traffic. It is easily installed using our click mechanism that greatly reduces installation times and costs. Not only is it a superior product that proves to be time efficient but also the cost is a fraction compared to hardwood. Because of the significant amount of time reduced to create the final product. Manufacturers are able to keep costs low – simple supply and demand
We take a lot of pride in our green credentials and have therefore partnered with an leader in the bamboo industry, Bamboo Warehouse, which has more than 10 years experience in the industry. The below articles provide some more insight into how our bamboo is sourced:
"Rest assured, our bamboo is sourced from reputable manufacturers that ensure that the bamboo is harvested and processed using the most eco friendly practices with as little impact on the environment as absolutely possible. Here, we take a look at some of the eco friendly processing practices our bamboo manufacturers are using in China."
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"The factories that process the bamboo into flooring, bamboo decking, countertops etc. are situated right in the bamboo jungles which means that transportation from the jungle to the factory is kept to a minimum. The factories are exceptionally clean and the processing machinery is powered mainly by steam that is generated from bamboo waste."
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