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September 16, 2019 OTA News No Comments Email Email

As sustainable tourism becomes more important than ever, hosts and guests on Airbnb are making significant changes to support environmentally conscious travel. The number of stays at eco-friendly homes increased by 141 percent over last year*, and more hosts are sharing green spaces than ever before, with more than 364,000 sustainable stays on Airbnb**.

A growing green trend on Airbnb is hosts sharing homes made from recycled – or upcycled – materials, like glass bottles, tires and even recycled denim. Spaces built with upcycled materials have increased by 175 percent over the last four years***.

For the eco-conscious traveler, or even those looking for a one-of-a-kind getaway, there are many more upcycled stays to explore, including the sampling of homes below:

Unique Cob Cottage, Mayne Island, Canada
Made out of clay, sand and straw; local driftwood used as flooring.
Cabana Floripa, Florianópolis, Brazil
Made out of reused bottles and glass.
Tiny Eco-Friendly Shipping Containers, Atlanta, Georgia
Made out of old steel shipping containers; kitchen offers recycled drinking glasses.
Recycle Apartment Close to the Beach, Odeceixe, Portugal
Bathroom floor made of wine corks, living room sofa made from reused denim, kitchen shelf made from surfboard.
The Recyclable House, Beaufort, Australia
Structure made of recycled galvanized steel.
In 2018, travel to off-the-beaten-track destinations in Thailand grew by 53% year-on-year****. This growth is powered by travelers increasingly seeking more local, unique and authentic experiences. Below are some samples of unique, nature-themed homes on Airbnb in Thailand.
Chiang Mai Lanna Sunrise Farmstay, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Enjoy this grass roof wooden house surrounded by rice fields.
Room in a traditional wooden longhouse, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Stay in this unique stilted wooden longhouse with superb views of the nearby rice fields and mountains. 
Riverside house, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Surrounded by nature, this cabin has hardwood floors and a large outdoor deck that overlooks the river.
* Based on Airbnb internal data of year-over-year growth of guest arrivals to listings including specific keywords (eco-friendly, ecological, etc.) in listing titles and descriptions from August 2018 to August 2019.

** Based on Airbnb internal data of listings including specific keywords (eco-friendly, eco-conscious, etc.) in listing titles and descriptions as of August 2019.

*** Based on Airbnb internal data of year-over-year growth of listings including specific keywords (recycled materials, upcycled materials, reclaimed materials, etc.) from August 2015 to August 2019.

**** Based on Airbnb internal data of year-on-year growth of guest arrivals to Thailand for the period of January to December 2018.

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