Eco Freindly Phuket
Sustainable travel and living should be a top priority for everyone who loves Phuket, no matter if you are a tourist, expat or local. This Eco guide is all about how to make Phuket greener and better, for you, the environment and Phuket.
Planting More Trees
Trees help to combat global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide, removing and storing carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air. We offer indepth details on how you can plant more trees on Phuket, and why.
ECO Tourist Advise
Coming to Phuket? We offer Eco Tourist information on what to bring, what not to bring, and how tourists can help keep Phuket environmentally Friendly.
If you want to go off grid on Phuket roof integrated solar panels and battery storage, low energy LED lighting, monsoon rainwater harvesting, Phuket off grid river water pumping, storage tank and filter system, and using a heat pump to cool your home or business are a few tequnics that should be used to make any property Eco or Green friendly on Phuket.
Phuket has a few wildlife and animal sanctuaries for elephants, birds and Gibbons, and still has a evergreen rainforest named Khao Phra Thaeo. These wildlife sanctuaries care for a variety of different species of animals, who may be endangered, poached or displaced from their natural environment. We donate and promote these organisations and Children’s Orphanages.
Eco Property & Land
With Eco-friendly properties and sustainable living on Phuket becoming thankfully more popular we will search and locate any type of Phuket Eco friendly property for sale, including Phuket land plots, in the location, by quality, freehold in your name, and within your budget.
Ways to make Phuket more Eco friendly, and a better place
Being Eco friendly on Phuket means living in a way that is not harmful to the environment. This way of life is becoming increasingly important, as we need to protect Phuket and our planet from human-made damage.
There are various ways that an individual can make sustainable changes in order to lessen the negative affect that our daily lives. It can be from a small change, like using a recyclable water bottle, planting a few trees, or riding a bicycle instead of driving their car to a bigger investment changes, such as installing solar panels or a heat pump system for cooling and making the switch to renewable energy for your home or business.
The truth is that most people who live or visit Phuket, and around the world, struggle to make a meaningful change because they simply don’t know where to begin, the change is to expensive, or they sadly ‘talk the talk’ just to look good, but behind closed doors they simply can’t be bothered. Sad uh!
This comprehensive guide covers four main aspects of your life to help you make a contribution to reducing climate change effects, and being more eco friendly in your daily life. The question is, will individuals and business owners on Phuket take it upon themselves to embrace lifestyle changes for the sake of Phuket, and the planet? Time will tell.
Making Your House More Environmentally Friendly
While Phuket homes and Hotels may not pollute, or cause deforestation as much as the world logging, mining, beef cattle ranchers, and Palm plantations do, there are many things you, as a Phuket home or business owner, can do to make your home, Hotel, restaurant etc a more eco friendly place.
It is important to make a change wherever possible, and your lifestyle, home and business is something the people of Phuket have control over.
Here is a list of things you can do, from improvements that require significant up-front capital to small, easy changes that can have a big impact.
* Invest in Renewable Energy for Electricity for your home or business
A way that households, Hotels and businesses can be more eco friendly is to invest in a renewable energy source for electricity. Most households are on a grid that provides energy from a non-sustainable source, like oil or gas.
Solar panels are an example of a renewable energy technology that uses the sun as an energy source. This photovoltaic system utilises the sun’s energy and transforms it into electricity. Solar panels are a much more environmentally clean option than using energy derived from the burning of fossil fuels, and it saves you money in the long run. Off-grid is best!
How do they work: Home, business or Hotel wind turbines harness the energy of the breeze to turn it into electricity. When the wind blows, it pushes the blades of the turbine and makes them spin. This spinning turns a shaft inside the turbine, which powers a generator, which turns the kinetic energy of the spinning motion into electricity.
Regular wind turbines are usually very tall, and have gigantic blades, to catch as much wind power as possible. Obviously, when you have one in your back garden or Hotel grounds you can’t have it built to the same scale, so you won’t capture nearly as much energy. That’s why domestic wind turbines are only recommended for people or businesses who are based in rural, hilltop or extra-windy areas. If you do then you should look into setting up a wind turbine. How cool is that! Read on
* Use Eco-Cleaning Products to Clean your Phuket home, Hotel or business.
A lot of mainstream cleaning products contain various ingredients that are harmful to the environment. In fact, a lot of chemicals used to clean our clothes, dishes, and house end up causing damage to our planet and its biodiversity.
Chemicals such as detergents, preservatives, or foaming agents are the ones that cause the most harm to nature. Switching to products that contain sustainably grown or raised ingredients that do not deplete the ecosystem, nor harm it when expelled back out.
People should ideally opt for products that contain no synthetic ingredients if they want to go for eco friendly household products.
Bottom line is to avoid any cleaning products marked “Danger” or “Poison” completely, It’s a no brainer really but just in case I thought I would suggest this.
Also, check all labels and look out for cleaning products that harm the environment. The main ones are:
- Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs)
- Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QUATs or QACs)
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Methylisothiazolinone (MI)
* Use Eco Friendly Toilet Paper
A lot of trees are cut down in order to make toilet paper rolls. It requires at least 17 trees and 90,921 litres of water for a tonne of paper rolls. As the average person uses 100 rolls in a year, using regular toilet paper is not a sustainable habit.
So what to do when we need a Eco poo? Well, you could use recycled toilet paper, or better still source eco friendly toilet paper made out of bamboo for your Phuket home, business or Hotel. Carbon emissions from producing bamboo rolls are 30% lower than recycled toilet paper and 65% lower than regular toilet roll. Bamboo absorbs more carbon dioxide, produces more oxygen, and grows 5 times faster than trees! Don’t worry about the Pandas, they will be fine!
* Use a Recyclable Eco Friendly Water Bottles
Purchasing water bottles is a common practice – particularly in warm weather. However, a lot of water bottles end up in the ocean as a lot of people fail to recycle them properly. This results in a high rate of pollution in our oceans and the overall environment, as one plastic bottle will break down into 10,000 microplastic pieces over time – and this microplastic pollution is incredibly hard to clean up.
A solution to this problem is to invest in a water bottle that is not only reusable but also the right size, so you can take it with you whenever you travel.
Re-using a water bottle also saves money in the long run, as fewer plastic bottles will need to be purchased.
Start planting a LOT more tress on Phuket
Start planting as many trees as you can in your garden, along the roadsides, around your business, and in hedges, paths, river banks and empty grassland.
Trees help to combat global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide, removing and storing carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air. They also reduce wind speeds and cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards from their leaves. It’s estimated that trees can reduce the temperature in a city by up to 7°C.
Other environmental benefits include the fact they help to prevent flooding and soil erosion, by absorbing thousands of litres of storm water.
From birds and insects, to cicadas, bats, geckos and even gibbons, trees provide a canopy and a habitat for many species of wildlife on Phuket. But they don’t just act as a home for wildlife; the fruits from trees provide food for them too.
Unfortunately, even Phuket has also seen mass deforestation over the years mainly from rubber and palm oil plantations to over-population and tourism, but as deforestation continues we must put back what we’re taking away.
By planting more trees, it will contribute to global reforestation efforts, restoring lost forests, repairing damaged ecosystems and mitigating climate change.
There are a few good groups on Phuket you could join as a local or tourist. Search online and you will find them, but If you live on Phuket, and have your own home or business, simply go out, buy as many trees as possible and plant them in as many places as possible on your property. The mentioned groups and local Government should be doing their best to also plant more tree along the road sides, pathways, empty grasslands, river banks etc.
Trees to plant on Phuket
These below trees are strong, easy to grow and offer good CO2 output. The below trees are commonly found in Asia and Thailand in large quantities, plus they build the base of a plantation system.
Name: Ficus benjamina (Weeping fig, benjamin fig or ficus tree)
CO2 Output: 150 Kg
Name: Albizia lebbeck Benth (Woman’s Tongue, or cha-cha)
CO2 Output: 440 Kg
Name: Caryota urens (Bastard sago tree, fishtail palm, jaggery palm, toddy palm, wine palm)
CO2 Output: 20 Kg
Name: Ficus hispida (Hairy Fig)
CO2 Output: 150 Kg
Name: Prunus cerasoides (Wild Himalayan cherry and sour cherry)
CO2 Output: 150 Kg
Name: Millingtonia hortensis (Jasmine or Indian cork tree)
CO2 Output: 150 Kg
Name: Flacourtia jangomas (Coffee plum tree)
CO2 Output: 150 Kg
Name: Afzelia xylocarpa (Fruiting tree or Makha Tree)
CO2 Output: 800 Kg
Name: Veitchia merrillii (Palm tree)
CO2 Output: 150 Kg
Name: Albizia saman (Saman tree, Algarrabo, Rain tree, Cow bean tree, Cow tamarind, Monkey pod, Giant thibet, Acacia)
CO2 Output: 780 Kg
Name: Dalbergia cochinchinensis (Thailand rosewood, Siamese rosewood, or Tracwood)
CO2 Output: 520 Kg
Name: Tectona grandis (Teak wood, Indian oak or Teak tree)
CO2 Output: 280 Kg
Name: Pachira aquatica (Money Tree, Guiana Chestnut or the Sable Nut)
CO2 Output: 80 Kg
Replace Diesel and Petrol Cars and Coaches with Environmentally Friendly ones on Phuket
Like all major tourist destinations Phuket has a massive issue with too many vehicles on the road, and it’s only going to get worse. Cars are a major cause of global warming, mainly due to the amount of pollution that they emit. Diesel and petrol cars are the main culprits of CO2 emissions.
In order to combat this, electric and hybrid cars are rising in popularity as they reduce overall emissions. This is mainly due to the fact that electric cars run on batteries, rather than a combusting fuel source. Hybrid cars on the other hand use both as a fuel source but switch sources as their fuel capacity gets low, but mixing electric cars, buses or motorbikes with solar and wind energy in the long run will offer free transport costs to any family or business.
Alternatively, buy a bicycle and ride it. It will keep you healthy, and will help the environment.
The hard truth about the cosmetic industry
Just like ingredients in cleaning products, regular shampoo, conditioner, soaps and cosmetics also contain various toxic ingredients that are washed down the drain and end up in the ocean again. Before this stage some ingredients in your favourite soap or shampoo contribute a big part towards deforestation. Have you really looked at the label?
The chemicals in those ingredients are often toxic in nature and should not be used. Wherever they end up, they may hurt the biodiversity.
The fast fashion mentality in the beauty industry is a huge problem for the planet, and the bottom line is these companies say they care but they don’t. Not only do they encourage overspending and waste through their mindless, but effective marketing campaigns, but they are also responsible for a lot of environmental damage we see today on land and in the ocean.
For this reason opt for non-synthetic, Fairtrade and Organic ingredients when shopping for cosmetics, and use bottles or packaging that use only eco friendly materials.
The question is…do you really care? If you do care, and you want to start buying cosmetics without any toxic chemicals, do not cause deforestation, and are better for the biodiversity then read on.
Tips for tourists
Before your flight to Phuket
These are also very basic things you can do to start with. Just little things that become big things if we all decide to put it into practice:
Get a refillable water bottle, and bring it with you. I know it’s pretty basic but it is important! You will want to drink a lot of water in the tropical temperature of Phuket. When you are thirsty, it’s all too easy to buy one of those little plastic bottles that cost almost nothing. Before you know it, you’ve drunk 3 or 4 of these bottles in a day and eventually they end up in the river or they will get burned on the side of the road.
Avoid plastic bags. You will get a plastic bag with everything you buy on Phuket. Solution? Bring your own reusable shopping bag. Fold it up and bring it everywhere you go.
Say no to straws. You’ll get them with drinks. Say ‘no thank you’ and carry around your own steel, glass or bamboo straw. You can buy them on the island at places like Phuket Budda and Earth Cafe and they come with smart straw covers.
Use natural sunscreen. Most sunscreens have got the harmful ingredient oxybenzone inside. An ingredient that kills and bleaches coral reefs.
Flying to Phuket
Long intercontinental flights to Phuket are the worst thing for the environment and contribute heavily to global warming so Holidaying and flying is not the most eco-friendly thing to do. Airplanes emit carbon dioxide in the air, the pool in your Hotel or Villa drains the natural water recourses and the AC, lights and electric appliances uses a lots of energy. So, what to do?
Here is what to keep in mind when you have no other option than to travel by plane:
1. Book non-stop flights. A non-stop would be the best option for it’s the take-offs and landings that add up the most to an airplane’s carbon emissions.
2. Pack light: Pack as light as possible – the more you pack, the heavier your suitcase is and the more fuel it takes to transport your luggage.
3. Travel less and stay longer
4. Choose airlines that are environmentally conscious
5. Air travel is not really great for the environment, but many airlines are trying their best to reduce the impact. Before you book the flight, check if your airline has any eco-friendly program.
Phuket also happens to have some pretty amazing eco villas and Hotels out there, beautifully built with local materials such as teak wood and other timbers, bamboo, rattan and natural stone. They are stunning accommodations that blend in seamlessly with the tropical surroundings of the island.
Apart from booking your Phuket accommodation online, there are more little things you can do to make your holiday to Phuket even more green:
1. Save power: turn off the AC and lights when you are out.
2. Save water: don’t shower longer than necessary and why not try a cold shower for a change? It can be quite refreshing on a hot day and it is also a healthy practice.
3. Reuse your towels and tell the staff you will
4. Bring/buy organic biodegradable soap and shampoo
More and more organic, vegan, vegetarian and raw-food restaurants are popping out the ground in popular places in Phuket like Bangtao, Patong and Rawai. Going green is not only a healthy thing to do but it is also cool! Using fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, these eating places support the local communities and they are perfectly eco-conscious and sustainable.
The vegetarian and vegan food industry uses a whole lot less water and land than the animal farming industries. Slowing down on your meat and dairy consumption is an essential step towards sustainability and environmental consciousness. Phuket is a great place to dive into this world of healthy food and you’ll be pleased to find out that it’s pretty darn tasty, too!
Don’t worry, you don’t have to miss out on your daily latte or cappuccino – try it with coconut, almond or cashew milk instead and have it with a slice of raw chocolate to go straight to guiltfree foodie heaven.
It is sad but true that a big percentage of Phuket souvenirs are actually made in China. You simply can not avoid it. The only way is to buy directly from local indigenous (Phuket) artisans. This way, you are supporting the local community and artists directly, and you are really giving something back to the island and the local people of Phuket, that’s if you can find one :). This way can be sure it is natural, handmade, made on Phuket, and really worth your money.
For starters, go stroll around on the markets where you can meet local farmers and artisans. You can score a nice healthy breakfast here too, and the ambience is lovely with a mix of locals, expats, tourists. Ask your accommodation reception where to go for local hand-made crafts, artists and markets, and be aware that not all smiling smiles offering to take you will have your best interest in mind. Its not a bad thing but it’s unfortunately a commission world out there, and some will take you places that they know that they will get a few bucks commission if you buy something. Saying this, you’ll also have a guide for the day so chill out and enjoy the experience!
Eco-friendly Island Activities
Phuket is a stunning place with a unique culture. During your eco-inspired holiday to this gorgeous little island, surely you will be exploring the beaches. Go swim in those azure and turquoise waters, ride the waves and explore the colourful world beneath the surface full of coral gardens and exotic marine life. Make sure not to litter, not to touch the corals and to wear oxybenzone-free sunblock. Also, pay a visit to some beautiful temples and go see some of the island’s waterfalls (bring your bathers, too!)
A sustainable traveller keeps his/her footprint as invisible as possible, respects the local culture, nature and the wildlife. A sustainable traveller is a ‘slow traveller’, taking more time in one place, using local transport instead of another plane to get somewhere as fast as possible. Choose your accommodation carefully, eat local food, do eco-friendly activities and shops ethically. It’s actually not a hard thing to travel sustainably, we just need to pay a little more attention to where we go and what we do so that the money we spend goes right back to the island and its people. Happy travels 🙂
Eco-friendly homes have been a hot topic in property development over the past years. These properties are built by using natural materials and are designed in a way that respects the environment, wildlife, and not destroy it. There are many ways to make your home and life Eco-friendly but below are the 3 main items that you should consider.
Sustainable & Locally Sourced Materials
To reduce the carbon footprint today’s green home are built by using recycled and local materials, however, not only the use of green or sustainable materials is important, but the appropriate techniques and system for reasonable applications and the life-cycle, environmental impact, toxicity, and waste management must be taken into account.
Energy Efficient Equipment’s
Creating or buying an eco-friendly home on Phuket is all about incorporating features that will help reduce your carbon footprint throughout the years. So think about incorporating in your home LED lighting, solar panels or wind turbines, and eco-friendly cooling and hot water systems are 3 of the main things all Phuket Villa’s, apartment’s, restaurants and bars, and Hotel type business should be looking into.
Saving water and reducing water consumption is an important part of green living, especially here in Phuket where water is precious. While it is possible to save water by stopping dripping taps, not leaving taps running and other conservation tips, installing new water efficient devices, such as a heat pump system for hot water, monsoon water storage tanks and pumps are some of the best ways to ensure that water is conserved and not wasted.
If you are thinking of buying a Phuket home, but want a more Eco-friendly concept then discover the benefits of owning a sustainable Villa or Apartment on Phuket island. Read more