Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in Costa Rica

GREEN TRAVEL


Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in Costa Rica is a getaway for nature lovers. You will be surrounded by the pristine rainforest, filled with tropical birds and wildlife.

The resort was awarded the three-leaf Sustainable Tourism Certificate for its sustainable tourism practices. Green practices include recycling, use of biodegradable materials, water and sewage treatment, and reduction of energy consumption. You can enjoy your stay, making a small footprint and helping preserve this unique destination.

The spa offers unique treatments such as invigorating hydrotherapy therapies and volcanic mud therapies. You can bathe in natural mineral hot springs known for their rejuvenating properties.

The property offers 102 guest rooms and suites at the base of the Arenal Volcano. Rooms start from $175 per night.


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What Are Your Non-Toxic Dry Cleaning Options?

GREEN LIVING

Dry cleaning with Perc is not only hazardous for people who work in dry cleaning shops or bring home dry cleaned clothes. Perc can also get into our air, water, and soil during the cleaning, purification, and waste disposal phases of dry cleaning, according to the EPA.

What Are Your Non-Toxic Dry Cleaning Options?

The good news is that there are nontoxic dry cleaning alternatives that are just as effective as dry cleaning with perc.

You might be able hand wash your delicate items at home. If you’re able to wash at home, you can take your washed clothes to a local cleaner for pressing only, to get a professionally crisp look without the poisonous chemicals. If you’d rather forego do-it-yourself methods, two alternatives rise to the top in terms of environmental and health impacts— professional wet cleaning and liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) cleaning.

There are no toxicity issues associated with either of these methods, says Peter Sinsheimer, director of the Pollution Prevention Center at Occidental College, who has been studying the effects of perc dry cleaning and its alternatives for over ten years. professional wet cleaning is a safe, energy-efficient method of cleaning “Dry Clean Only” clothes that uses water as a solvent—rather than chemicals—with a combination of special soaps and conditioners.

Wet Cleaning

When you have your clothes professionally wet cleaned, they are laundered in a computer-controlled washer and dryer that gently clean clothes, sometimes spinning as slowly as six revolutions a minute (a typical home washing machine may rotate clothes several dozen times per minute). These special machines can be programmed for variables such as time, temperature, and mechanical action, which allow cleaners to tailor the wash according to the type of fabric.

Noam Frankel, owner of Chicago-based wet cleaner, The Greener Cleaner, says there is no need for toxic chemicals in this cleaning process, where the key lies in knowing the pH level of the stain and treating the stain accordingly. Water-based stains, which he says make up the majority of the stains most cleaners see, generally come out with the standard wet-cleaning process. The remaining stains are oil-based and can be removed using specialized water-based pre-spotting solutions.

Because wet cleaning is free of VOCs, it eliminates health and safety risks, as well as environmental risks associated with traditional dry cleaning. As an added benefit, the equipment and operating costs are lower. While the biggest disadvantage to wet cleaning is that it produces waste water, Sinsheimer says it is still the most energy-efficient method. Unlike the other techniques, wet cleaning does not have an energy-intensive solvent recovery system. It also saves more water than dry cleaning. So, if wet cleaning is good for people and the environment, the real question lies in the quality of the wash.

According to Sinsheimer, just about every garment that can be dry cleaned can be wet cleaned. Occidental did a comparison study between dry and wet cleaning methods, performed by establishments that switched from dry to wet cleaning, and found no major differences in quality. While Consumer Reports tested this method in 2003 and was less than thrilled with the results, Sinsheimer notes that wet cleaning machines are more sophisticated today, and cleaners well-versed in proper wet cleaning techniques are more than satisfying their customers.


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The Arrival Van

GREEN AUTOMOTIVE

Every city is different, so the Arrival Bus can be tailored to local needs. Modular design enables configuration of length, range and capacity. The Arrival Bus is changing public transport for everyone. A bus made for passengers, drivers, fleet operators, cleaning staff, pedestrians, cyclists and urban residents too.

Human-centred design

Every interaction has been thoughtfully designed. Riders can request a stop or receive real-time updates through their smartphone. Wrap-around LED screens display route and seating information.
And the panoramic glass roof lets in natural light to enhance the space.

Easy care

Reduced complexity throughout the Bus enables more effortless maintenance. A fully flat floor, cantilever ‘floating’ seats, and seamless surfaces allow quick and easy cleaning.

The Arrival Van

Designed using a modular architecture, the Arrival Van can be configured based on battery capacity, height, length, and load space – tailored to specific commercial requirements.

Engineered for efficiency

The Arrival Van has been engineered to maximise space, for best-in-class payload and volume capacity. Each van carries more for less, reducing fleet and depot size. In addition, Arrival’s digital ecosystem enhances performance – calculating energy usage, range and vehicle efficiency based on load.

Benefitting residents

The commercial van market will exceed 2 million vehicles by 2025 due to demand for same-day delivery. A move to Arrival’s zero-emission vehicles preserves the air quality and protects citizens in urban areas where delivery demand is highest.

HMI Touchscreen Next to Driver Controls in Van Cabin
Digital Products

Each Arrival vehicle is connected, makes informed decisions based on situational awareness and communicates directly with the world around it.

A suite of mobility tools
From fleet management tools to drivers’ apps and vehicle interfaces – all our digital products work to sharpen efficiency by providing commercial operators, drivers, and service personnel with the most advanced digital solutions.

Real-time information

Information transfer enhance existing infrastructure and improve the transportation experience. The information generated these vehicles enables to automate routes and schedules, run shared mobility solutions, and increase the efficiency of depots and charging facilities.


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