Green Hospitality Resources – what to look for

Green Hospitality Resources – what to look for


Look for: The biodegradable or recyclable nature of packaging.

If a product has lots of plastic packaging and packing, chances are the company is not really interested in being environmentally responsible. Look for products that come without excess packaging or, if they do, use a simple recyclable cardboard box. We do not consider any product that is destined for landfill as environmentally friendly.

Plastic: A number of companies are now offering products made with 100% post consumer recycled plastic. Some have been enhanced with a product called EcoPure, to enhance biodegradability.


Organic Certification

Look for: Genuine standards

There is no universal standard for “certified organic”. Every organic certification processor has a different set of standards and a different list of what they will allow in a product and what they prohibit. It’s also an expensive process, which deters many brands (with product made from 70 – 100% organic ingredients) and suppliers (with genuine organic ingredients) who don’t have the budget to go through the certification process, or who question the efficacy of the process.

Australian Certified Organic

The local standard in Australia is recognised as one of the most stringent in the world. In Australia this includes no synthetic ingredients at all (including no nature identical). According to ACO, in Australia, for a product to be able to call itself certified organic, it must contain at least 95 percent organic content. Again the formula should be free from parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, genetic modification and petroleum derivatives. If in doubt, always check for the logo from an accredited certifier. Accredited organic certifiers: ACO (Australia), OFC (Australia), Ecocert (Europe), USDA Organic (US), NASAA (Australia), Demeter (Australia), TOP (Australia) and Soil Association (UK).



Look for: The absence of ingredient listed below.

The absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced by them: milk, honey, etc.).

N.B Some ingredients very frequently found in cosmetics (water, salts, minerals) cannot be certified as organic because they are not sourced from farming. For example, shampoos and some creams, mostly composed of water, contain between 10% and 40% organic ingredients, and always 95% natural ingredients. An essential oil, which does not contain water, can be up to 100% organic ingredients.


Animal testing

Look for: No animal testing at all.

Always check for a No Animal Testing claim on products. Companies who use organic ingredients but test on animals may not be everything they claim to be.



Below are examples of the types of products currently available. Please let us know if you have more recommendations.

DISCLAIMER: We do not endorse any particular product. The following are examples of the types of products that are available.




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Available in 30ml tubes and 60ml bottles. Made with 100% post consumer recycled water bottles and enhanced with EcoPure, LATHER delivers their product in a more environment-friendly package than many others.

Free of synthetic colours and fragrances
Biodegradable formulations
Propylene Glycol free
Never tested on animals



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“Made with post consumer recycled bottles and all materials are recyclable. Contains certified organic ingredients. No animal by-products, no honey, lanolin or beeswax Paraben and toxin-free: No synthetic fragrances, fillers or colours.”






ECO BOUTIQUE seeks to address the problematic issue of plastic waste, the demand for natural ingredients and gentle skin-friendly products.

The recyclable bottles are 97% derived from post-consumer recycled plastic, and the soap is wrapped in paper from a sustainable source. The formulations contain organically certified extracts of green tea, and natural aloe leaf and are gently scented with Mimosa.

Products DO NOT CONTAIN: SLS, SLES, Parabens, DEA, Paraffin Oil, Artificial Colours, Silicones, GM ingredients.






AQUAMENITIES has created a soap shampoo dispenser fixture designed to provide accommodation properties with a solution to help reach sustainability goals.
The tamper-resistant fixture also allows hoteliers to feature a choice of branded and customized amenities for guests while helping to limiting the properties’ carbon footprint.





Stay in a Treehouse

Stay in a Treehouse



We love treehouses! No longer just for kids, treehouses are pretty hot right now. Built high in the branches of a tree or on stilts amongst the trees, a tree house is typically a structure that cleverly uses the shape of the tree trunk or the strongest branches to create a horizontal space in a vertical world. They can be accessed in a number of ways including ladders or suspended bridges, making it easy to you get the feeling that you are on top of the world!

The best thing about a treehouse stay?  The peace and quiet, fresh canopy air, spectacular views and proximity to wildlife not usually seen from the ground.

At Green Getaways Australia we have a great selection to choose from – and all with care for the surrounding environment as a top priority of course!




Cairns Highlands, Queensland Australia

At 720 metres above sea level, these luxury pole homes offer a secluded, private and peaceful environment surrounded by rainforest and are set on the banks of the Ithaca river. Each 2 bedroom Treehouse boasts furniture crafted from rainforest timbers, a gas barbeque and hammock on the spacious balcony, a fabulous double corner spa, wood fireplace and full gourmet kitchen, fluffy bathrobes and slippers, hand-made soaps…

The treehouses are set in 100 acres of rare upland complex mesophyll vine forest;  part of one of the largest untouched tracts of rainforest on the Highlands. Resident Cassowaries, rare Lumholtz Tree Kangaroos and endangered Green Possums call the forest home whilst a thriving colony of shy platypus inhabit the river. Red-legged Pademelon Wallabies abound and Coppery Brushtail Possums will visit your balcony every night, whilst Northern Bandicoots and other marsupials forage on the evening forest floor.

Wake to a serenade of birdsong every morning as Victoria’s Riflebirds, beautiful King Parrots, Spotted Catbirds and an ever-changing parade of Honeyeaters and Finches greet you on the Treehouse balcony, or wander along the many walking tracks and immerse yourself in the grandeur of pristine, old growth, high country rainforest.

More about The Canopy Treehouses




Malinda, Tropical North East Queensland

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat has nine handcrafted pole and timber treehouses. All accommodation is fully self-contained from studio layout treehouses to two bedroom treehouses which cater for up to 4 guests. There are two treehouses that can sleep up to six guests. Children are very welcome.

While staying in the tree houses guests may take a morning two hour bird watching tour with your host Jon on the property. There are self-guided walks available with comprehensive interpretative information in all tree houses. It is not hard to spot at least 40 bird species on a morning tour on the property. Due to such diversity of flora the bird list is extensive with over 160 species recorded. Within 50 kilometres of Rose Gums the list can grow to over 80 bird species in day.

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Maleny, South East Queensland

Just two gorgeous tree pavilions – one nestled on the rainforest floor and the other perched in the treetops. Love the names : Hide and Seek!

Reached by a boardwalk, “Hide” is a soothing, earth toned pavilion enjoying stunning views across a rainforest valley. The sounds of water cascading in the forest stream below provides a soothing ambience. Here you can enjoy the unique experience of a tropical style outdoor shower or recline on steamer chairs and soak up the dappled sunshine. Slumber in a queen sized hand carved bed made up with fine linens and pillows of pure comfort.

“Seek” is a pavilion towering above the ground and takes in glorious valley views and memorable sunsets. “Seek” is reached by a tall boardwalk which takes guests on a treetop journey to their pavilion. Pavilion walls peel back to reveal a breathtaking view, bringing the outside surroundings in. Wake to lakes of mist in the valley below and relax watching magnificent sunsets. Seek is also designed for disability access with the advantage of a spacious light filled bathroom complete with treetop views.

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Take 3 for the Sea

Take 3 for the Sea

Take it with you
Take 3 for the Sea
Green Getaways
27 November 2016
Take 3 for the Sea:  Taking your beach rubbish with you.
This morning we had the pleasure of breakfast looking over the main beach in Forster NSW. A gorgeous place which is typical of an Australian easy-going beachside town.

Strangely enough, the Green Getaways team had just this week been discussing tourism accommodation around the Australian coastline, and reading about how some places are taking the initiative and supplying guests with bags if they felt inclined to pick up beach rubbish.

It was therefore great to come across the Take 3 buckets below which led us on a journey to find out a bit more.

Buckets take 3
Take 3 Buckets
Forster Main Beach
It turns out that there are thousands of people involved in picking up rubbish around our waterways and attempting to keep our beaches free of plastic. The organisation behind the whole push is called TAKE 3 and we applaud them for their actions. All they are asking is that each person visiting beach or or waterway picks up 3 pieces of rubbish and taken away with you.

Like to find out more? The info below is from the Take 3 Australian website.


Take 3 for the Sea
“In 2011, Take 3 was awarded the inaugural Taronga Conservation Society’s Green Grant and a $50,000 prize. The prize, exposure and support from Taronga helped build the organisation and provided Take 3 with the confidence to expand.”
Take 3 was born in 2009 when surfing enthusiast, Amanda Marechal, and marine ecologist, Roberta Dixon-Valk developed a simple idea to tackle the ever-growing problem of marine debris.

Joining forces with environmentalist, Tim Silverwood, the team developed a plan and officially registered Take 3 in mid 2010.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Take 3
Where Does Your Plastic Go?
Image from Take 3 for the Sea


HOW IT WORKS – from Take 3

“Plastic gets into the ocean in all sorts of ways but most of it comes from land. By preventing the problem in the first place, we can start to make a real impact in reducing plastic pollution. Whenever you’re at a beach, waterway or anywhere in the great outdoors, simply take 3 pieces of rubbish away with you and you’ve made a difference.”

Picking up other people’s rubbish may not be a natural instinct, but supporters find that they pick up many more than 3 items once they get started.

Take 3 for the Sea
Join together with friends to Take 3, or make it a mindful moment of your daily or weekly routine and you’ll create a new habit that’s good for both you and the planet!

If you want to share what you’ve collected, take a picture and upload it to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #Take3fortheSea and logging the location. Take 3 can then record the number of items that are being removed and measure the tangible difference they’re making as a collective!”