Check-In to the Trend: Hosts Sharing More Upcycled Spaces

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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:

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Unique Cob Cottage, Mayne Island, Canada
Made out of clay, sand and straw; local driftwood used as flooring.
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Cabana Floripa, Florianópolis, Brazil
Made out of reused bottles and glass.
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Tiny Eco-Friendly Shipping Containers, Atlanta, Georgia
Made out of old steel shipping containers; kitchen offers recycled drinking glasses.
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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.
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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.

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Chiang Mai Lanna Sunrise Farmstay, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Enjoy this grass roof wooden house surrounded by rice fields.
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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. 
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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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