We visited an eco hotel outside Bangalore. I know what you’re thinking – I thought the same: they have a couple of low-energy bulbs and remind you not to launder towels unnecessarily. But ‘Our Native Village’ is the real deal. Energy is produced via a wind turbine and photovoltaic solar panels, biogas fuels the kitchens and water is heated through solar thermal and woodstove backup. The entire building is designed to be low-energy – the bricks are of sun-dried clay from the site, for example – and the building uses natural architectural ventilation (there is no air-con).
But the hotel pool is my favourite. It’s a living – literally green – pond of a pool and it cleans naturally using plant roots. Frogs and dragonflies do the rest.