Sustainable tourism is tourism attempting to make a low impact on the environment and local culture. It is aiming to ensure that development brings a positive experience for the locals, the tourism industry and the visitors themselves..
Røros is a really beautiful and rural town with wood houses and small shops. In March 2013, the municipality of Røros was one of the first four certified sustainable destinations, to be certified as sustainable they have to get to improve the experience of the visitor and reduce the tourist impact in the environment.
LEFTOVER GOODS GOES TO PEOPLE IN NEED, FRANCE
A French law has recently been approved to reduce 7m tones of waste generated by the nation’s food industry, for example, supermarkets by redistributing it to people in need.
Voluntary organizations distribute the food, to be consumed by people in need. French companies are given tax incentives, and they are ensure that the food is received in a good condition for distribution “with dignity” by the voluntary organizations.
Energy Floor Tiles
This summer, the Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre in London has lain a new sustainable sort of tiles,. The floor tiles are designed to obtain energy, they produce hundred kilowatts per hour of electricity that can light up half of the shopping centre.
The floor tiles were made by Pavegen Systems and they are 45×60 centimetres. They are usually lain in places with a lot of people like shopping centres and schools. Kemball-Cook had the idea of this floor tiles when he was working in a electricity company.
The floor tiles’ top is made of recycled pneumatic and the 80% of the rest components can be recycled. A step produce approximately seven watts of electricity, although it depends on the weight of the person.
Grado Zero Space
Grado Zero Espace performs continuous research activity on the most diverse materials through constant tests in the laboratory in order to figure out the limits and the special features of them to classify experimental materials, not yet available in the regular market.
Muskin is a material extracted from the mushroom hat and is processed in a totally similar way to the animal skin, with a natural tanning. The total absence of chemicals makes Muskin non-toxic and therefore, ideal for us in the production of items that are in direct contact with the skin. Laboratory tests have shown that this new material, delivers great performance, in addition, it has a strong capacity to absorb moisture and then releases it. These two factors are very important: just think its possible use in insoles for shoes, or in a watchstrap. Plus it’s breathable and has shown natural water repellent characteristics.