A-Frame Cottages for Eco-Friendly Glamping


A-frame cottages have always been popular, mainly due the ease and affordability of their construction. This was the idea behind the Lushna cottage, a modern, green and affordable alternative to a tent created by the Slovenian company of the same name. These lovely wooden cottages are great for year-round camping, and enjoying the great outdoors in style.


Lushna Villa measures 13 by 13 feet, and is 11.5 feet high, which yields a livable space of 110 square feet. The walls are made from untreated, exterior-grade larch wood, while spruce wood was used for the flooring. According to the designers all the insulation is also ecological though they did not specify what kind of materials were used. The cottage also features a ventilation system, a panoramic glass wall or mosquito netting, and electrical outlets. The Lushna is designed to be installed using ground screws, which greatly reduces its footprint, and makes it almost like pitching a tent. The interior is large enough for a king-size bed, so camping inside one must truly be a royal experience.


Besides the basic version, the company also offers a so-called Lushna Villa Green model, which features a green roof, and the Lushna Sauna model, which is fitted with an infrared sauna. And for those who want a larger vacation home, Lushna also offers bigger cottages through their website.

The main aim of designing these cottages was to offer people a way to engage in eco-tourism in comfort. It’s aimed at individuals, as well as large property owners who wish to find a cost-effective way to create a village of eco-friendly and sustainable cottages. The basic version of the Lushna cottage costs around $4,453, which is very affordable.


Unique Eco-Tourism Hotel


Eco-tourism has been all the rage there last few years and Natura Vive, an adventure company from Peru, has taken the concept to all new heights, literally and figuratively. They have recently completed a hotel, called the Skylodge Adventure Suites, which is basically just a number of transparent pods set into the side of a mountain. As such they have minimal impact on the environment and offer a unique way to experience the natural beauty of the mountains.


The pods are constructed out of aerospace aluminum and weather-resistant polycarbonate. Each measures 24 feet by 8 feet, which is large enough for a bed and some storage. The pods are also fitted with a composting toilet, which are separated from the rest of the living area. Needless to say, the views in the entire pod are amazing.




Every “room “of the hotel features six windows and four ventilation ducts to keep the air inside fresh. All the lights are powered by solar energy. Despite being a very barebones place to stay, the rooms do offer a degree of comfort. The beds are comfortable, and room service in the form of a precooked dinner and wine can be brought up for you. Breakfast is served on a platform above each of the pods, weather permitting.



The pods are suspended 400 feet above the valley floor and are only accessible by climbing up 1,400 iron rungs, which are set into the mountain face. To descend, guests can either hike down or zipline.


From a distance the units are barely visible and they do have a very minimal impact on the surrounding environment. Staying here is definitely a more eco-friendly way to enjoy spectacular mountain views than would be offered by a traditional hotel. But staying here is certainly not for people suffering from vertigo.


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Off-The-Grid Eco-Tourism Vacation Cabin


If you’re yearning for a nature escape and completely unplug from the rest of the world, then a stay in a Cabin Drop XL might be just what’s needed. Cabin Drop XL was designed by the Spanish firm In-tenta which is focused primarily on providing sustainable designs for the modern world. The Cabin Drop XL can be dropped anywhere, for a completely independent, off-the-grid vacation with a minimal impact. It’s almost like camping out in a tent.


The Drop XL is a modular house, and measures 325 square feet. It is shaped like an oversized cylindrical tube, and looks a lot like something from a sci-fi movie. The entire structure is built in a factory and made out of wood, steel and glass. It is also designed in such a way as to make it completely removable after a vacation stay, meaning that it can be placed anywhere with a minimum impact on the environment. The tiny cabin’s base rests on adjustable steel legs, which minimizes the contact with the ground and makes it possible to position the cabin on uneven terrain.



The middle part of the cabin is taken up by the main living area, with a bed, table and chairs for lounging. One end of the cylindrical tube houses the bathroom which is equipped with a toilet, shower and sink. An external wooden deck can also be added to the front of the cabin to extend the amount of living space available.


The cabin features two large, fully operable bubble windows at either end of the cabin, which lets in plenty of light and provides natural ventilation. On the outside, the cabin is wrapped in a slotted wood façade, which works to regulate heat. There is also a skylight that runs the entire length of the home and provides all the needed daylighting. The cabin is also equipped with a rainwater recycling system, which works to harvest water for use within the cabin.


The entire cabin is, in fact, designed so that it brings the occupant into direct contact with the natural environment around them with as little impact on it as possible. The main reason these were designed and made is to cater to the emerging market of eco-tourism without sacrificing style and comfort. It is also perfect for anyone who enjoys travelling but doesn’t like the hotel stays.

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Green Grabbing: The Dark Side of the Green Movement

‘Green grabbing’ – the rapidly-growing appropriation of land and resources in the name of ‘green ‘ biofuels, carbon offsetting schemes, conservation efforts and eco-tourism initiatives – is forcing people from their homelands and increasing poverty, new research has found.


Green Grabbing: The Dark Side of the Green Movement

‘Green grabbing’ – the rapidly-growing appropriation of land and resources in the name of ‘green ‘ biofuels, carbon offsetting schemes, conservation efforts and eco-tourism initiatives – is forcing people from their homelands and increasing poverty, new research has found.