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“When you have more than you need, build a longer table not a higher fence”
 
In the spirit of sustainability and reducing waste to landfill, staff at PATA Headquarters participated in an online flea market to buy, sell, and trade unwanted items. The staff shared photographs of all the items on Google Drive; after that, a bidding war began. All proceeds were donated to charity, and on the last day of the flea market, everyone at the office brought their stuff to sell or swap. Many items got a second life with their new owners, as after all, one (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure! Items that did not sell were donated to the Baan Nokkamin Foundation, an organization chosen by PATA staff
   
 
Baan Nokkamin Foundation is a Christian organisation that aids orphans, underprivileged children, the elderly and addicts by bringing a positive change into their lives. The Foundation helps to strengthen the community so that they can have a better future.
 
PATA has previously donated to Klong Toey slum via Second Chance Bangkok. For more information about creating an online flea market for your own office, contact ssr@pata.org.
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Playtime is crucial to children’s healthy brain development; it is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.

Whether you are acquiring toys for the special children in your life, or for a play area for your property or restaurant, remember that your choices can make an impact both socially and environmentally.

Here are 7 tips on how you can go about choosing the right toys for kids: 

  1. Look it up

Before purchasing a toy, look it up online to make sure there are no recall notices.

To check if the toy you want to purchase is safe, try looking it up on Healthy Stuff. They have a database of products that you may use to your advantage.

  1. Check for labels

Familiarise yourself with symbols on product labels so that you can avoid toys that may have harmful substances like lead, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA) etc.

If a label is missing, look up the toy online and check if there are any complaints about it.

  1. Shop local

By buying from local vendors, you support the local community and bring down the need for importing products from far-flung places; this subsequently reduces greenhouse gas emissions as well.

  1. Buy second hand

Children grow out of their toys so quickly ­– they lose their lustre or they move past a certain developmental phase. Look out for yard sales, and check your local consignment store or Salvation Army for deals! You’ll be surprised to find many new toys still in the box. On the flip side, when your children grow out of their toys that still have lots of life left, save them for nieces and nephews, donate them, or sell them on a local Facebook group! Make a buck while saving more items from landfill.

  1. Select the right material

Try to avoid buying plastic toys whenever you can because, they can often contain various chemicals and toxins that can be harmful to your little ones and the environment.

Consider toys made from more natural materials, such as wood, wool, and cotton. If you’re buying puzzles and books, check to see if natural inks were used on recycled and biodegradable materials.

  1. Get creative

Perhaps exercise your creativity and handcraft something for your kids to play with. Here are some fun DIY projects you can try. Other favourite resources include:

  1. Steer clear of batteries

Batteries pose a threat to the environment because of the toxic waste they release upon disposal. They are also a choking hazard for your little rug rats. Therefore, instead of opting for battery-powered products, go for ones where your kids have the freedom to bring the toys to life with pure, unadulterated imagination.

Sustainable toys will not only ensure a safe and happy childhood for your kids, but it will also help secure the world for generations to come. It’s a win-win!

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Credit: Travindy

The annual HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards were launched in 2007 and are designed to recognize hotels in the Asia Pacific region creating innovative new methods, strategies and technologies to face today’s sustainable development challenges, while providing tangible examples of sustainable best practices that can be replicated and adapted across the region.

Burba Hotel Network (BHN), Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events, co-hosts and organisers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), are now accepting entries. The deadline for submissions is 1 August 2017.

The 28th annual HICAP will be held 18-20 October 2017, at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

Award submissions will be judged by a specially selected panel of experts including:

• Robert Day, Senior Vice President, WATG

• Lyndall DeMarco, Managing Director, Only Sustainability Pty Ltd

• Prashant Kapoor, EDGE Program Lead and Principal Specialist Green Buildings, IFC

• Eric Ricaurte, Founder & CEO, Greenview

• Masaru Takayama, Founder and Chair, Asian Ecotourism Network

Read more about the HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards here.

By Green Hotelier from Travindy

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What is sustain.pata.org?

PATA’s sustainability website, sustain.pata.org, is an online platform that allows users to easily search, browse, and find information related to sustainable and socially responsible tourism. The aim of the website is to serve as the ‘go-to’ resource for all things related to sustainable and socially responsible tourism.

Developed in part with support from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, this site is open to everyone and is the first dynamic portal that not only offers general information on sustainability in tourism for the Asia Pacific region, but also features case studies from all over the world. This website supports the increasing efforts of the tourism sector by offering access to carefully selected information on the latest in tourism sustainability, presented in a user-friendly format.

Search, Browse, and Find!About-Sustain

The site features handbooks and guidelines, tips and tools, and a curated library of recommended reading. Information regarding PATA’s own sustainability initiatives as well as articles from guest bloggers within the industry are also provided, with new content being added on a near-daily basis.

Sustain.pata.org also features a suite of case studies from Sustainable Tourism Online, which has been made available for download on sustain.pata.org, courtesy of EarthCheck. It includes examples of more than 800 best practice initiatives. The case studies are the result of more than US$260 million worth of research from the Australian government. The information included offers tools for destinations including situational analysis, business operators with – for example carbon calculators, case studies on parks and culture, as well as different processes of sustainable tourism development.

Other featured content from PATA partners include Know How Guides and Destination Asia Pacific Case Studies from the International Tourism Partnership/Green Hotelier, and WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Winners and Finalists.


All materials submitted to sustain.pata.org are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – NonCommercial 4.0 International License. To submit case studies or recommended reading for publication on the site, or for more information, please contact ssr@PATA.org.

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