Costa Rica's Eco-Friendliness Means Recycling in Your Room
We learned something yesterday while in the sky somewhere above Nicaragua. It's something shocking, but in a very positive way and it absolutely effects hotels. You see, Costa Rica is known for being green and expertly riding the wave of eco-tourism, but they're so serious about their commitment to the environment, that they're on track to become a completely carbon-neutral country by 2012. That's next year...like less than two months away.
Due to their extreme dedication to preserving Pura Vida, Costa Rican hotels are held to high standards of eco-friendliness. We're talking programs that go above and beyond those "do you or don't you want your sheets changed to save water" things, though there's that too. For example, at the Four Seasons Resort Peninsula Papagayo (say that three times fast), every guestroom is equipped with a super trashcana single unit with three clear and separate areas for Paper, Plastic and Organic garbage.
As New Yorkers, we're used to taking a fine-tooth comb through our refuse so the building super doesn't chew us out over putting a plastic Chinese take-out container in the same recyclables sack as a paper one. This Four Seasons trash can is a welcome sight, but we can't help but wonder how well other guests stick to the divisions.
Stay tuned for more on the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo next week...
Disclosure: We stayed at the Four Seasons as guests of the Costa Rica Tourism Board for another site, but rest assured all opinions and images are completely our own.