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Friday, April 22, 2011

Weekly Travel News Roundup-- Earth Day Edition

It's Earth Day, and we've rounded up some of the best ways our friends in the travel industry are working to keep our planet green. 
  • Travelers are encouraged to replace their plastic water bottles with reuseable ones to help protect some of the world’s prime travel destinations.  A number of hotels, airports, and local tourist agencies have launched initiatives to limit the plastic pileups. 
  • Boeing tweeted this week that its new 787 final assembly factory in North Charleston, South Carolina (left) will be powered by solar energy.  This will be the sixth-largest solar installation in the U.S.
  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced a global initiative to plant 10 million trees in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Their new website, Living Values, chronicles this effort as well as their other sustainability programs.
  •  Continental & United celebrate Earth Day by encouraging its passengers to use paperless boarding passes.  For each person who uses a paperless boarding pass, they’ll donate a dollar to to Conservation International’s “Protect an Acre” program. (Tip:  mobile boarding passes work best if you go to Settings and turn up the brightness on your phone.)
  • Read about the ways various cruise lines are working to save power and reduce waste out at sea.
Each Friday, we gather the week's news articles relating to luxury travel and trending topics that sparked our interest. If you see an article that you'd like to share, please email!  

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