1. Get a refillable water bottle
    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. Be smart and go get a reusable water bottle to bring along on your trips.
  2. Avoid plastic bags
    Bring your own reusable shopping bag. Fold it up and bring it everywhere you go.
  3. Say no to straws
    You’ll get them with drinks. Say ‘no thank you’ and carry around your own steel, glass or bamboo straw.
  4. Use natural sunscreen
    Most sunscreens have got the harmful ingredient oxybenzone inside. An ingredient that kills and bleaches coral reefs.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Travel less and stay longer
    Extend your weekend stays! It is much better for the environment if you travel less often and when you travel, stay for a longer period of time. This way, you will reduce your carbon footprint.
  8. Be a slow traveller
    Modelling by the Institute for Transport Studies at University of California, Davis, shows that if bikes and ebikes became 22% of all transport trips in all cities worldwide, greenhouse gas emissions and energy use would be 47% reduced by 2050.
  9. Cycling is also space-efficient, allowing more space for trees and green space and requiring less space to be paved with heat-creating and water-displacing impermeable surfaces.
  10. Choose airlines that are environmentally conscious
    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 (e.g. Qantas).
  11. Eco Stay Inspiring eco-friendly resorts are often hidden away in the mountains, rice fields, and river valleys, prove how sustainability and luxury can go together like cake and egg. Check if they have the below systems in place, Solar panels
    Solar water heaters and
    Smart water management systems such as rainwater harvesting.
    Some villas have their own organic gardens so you can be sure that the juices you drinks and the food you eat are locally grown and super healthy.
  12. Eco Tips
    Apart from booking your stay, there are more little things you can do to make your holiday even more green like,
    Save power: turn off the AC and lights when you are out.
    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.
    Reuse your towels and tell the staff you will
    Bring/buy organic biodegradable soap and shampoo
  13. Food
    More and more organic, vegan, vegetarian and raw-food restaurants are popping out. 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.
    Visit Local Organic Market – For starters, go stroll around Organic Market where you can meet local farmers and artisans. These markets are all about organic, sustainability and uniqueness. You can score a nice healthy breakfast here, too, and the ambience is lovely with a mix of locals, expats and tourists.
  14. Shop Eco Friendly – Then, there are all of the eco-friendly shops to visit during your island stay. Shops where you can buy clothes, towels and bedsheets made from sustainable crops like bamboo, hemp etc. Bamboo needs no pesticides to grow, it needs only a little water and it grows fast.
  15. Local Cooking Class – Ancient family recipes and traditional cooking methods are shared at local cooking class and you also get to meet the local farmers. Once you are back home, you can cook up a delicious meal for your family and friends – now ain’t that the best gift you could possibly bring?
  16. Learn New Skills (Workshops) – Want to master the skills of local artisans? There are more than plenty of fun, educational and inspiring creative workshops to do. Take your pick between painting, pottery, silversmithing, Batik, ceramic, woodcarving. You can even learn to make your own organic spa products.


About Us

While our business has always been for Bhandardara visitors, our first commitment has always been to Bhandardara itself.

Architecture & Interior

We believe it is possible to construct an eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing resort.

Eco Initiatives

Anandvan Resort Bhandardara respects and celebrates the natural environment.

Environmental Initiatives

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Local Communities Initiatives

Eat Local, Buy Local And See Local!


Construction Initiatives

“Green” Architecture, Interiors & Fittings!

Eco Travel Guide

Anandvan's tips for a Eco friendly travel.