St Augustine — At home in the US, Kerrie Springer takes pride in being environmentally conscious, so when she booked a week’s getaway at the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba, she chose the “green stay” option, agreeing to re-use her sheets and towels rather than have them changed each day. “You don’t do that at home, so why do it at a resort?” asked Springer, who visited the resort with her husband. “Water in the Caribbean is precious, so why use it if you do not have to?” Environmentally friendly tourism options — available at a growing string of hotels across the Caribbean — are proving popular with tourists, helping curb climate change and waste, industry groups say. Last August, the Bucuti & Tara resort was certified 100% carbon neutral by Natural Capital Partners, an international organisation that works to promote low-carbon, sustainable development. The resort, established by Austrian Ewald Biemans in 1987 after he moved to Aruba in the 1960s, is known for its use of renew...

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