Sustainability Shapers: Launch of “Asia’s Next Generation Hotels” Interview Series

Which hotels in Asia are the most sustainable and regenerative? 

This may be a simple, common question asked by conscious travellers in the region, but the answer is not that straightforward.  It depends. There are many dimensions: energy, water, waste, biodiversity, culture, community, buildings, etc. 

Now Earth Company wants to take a crack at trying to tackle this question.


Launching soon, Asia’s Next Generation Hotels is a monthly interview series that appeals to independent, conscious travellers interested in circular, sustainable properties around the region.  The series is produced by Earth Company, in collaboration with many value-aligned partners including nornnorn, the East-West Center, Project Evo, Vision Strategy Storytelling, Wise Steps Travel, Coaching for Cause, Reducing Our Footprint, etc. 


Inspired by the popular Netflix documentary series Street Food that travels around Asian cities to feature the most impressive street vendors, the interview series sheds light on sustainability pioneers that pass a high standard around natural, cultural, and social capital.


This series is launched in the COVID era for a reason; it’s a statement to build back the tourism industry in a more conscious manner. Tourism should not and cannot be run at the expense of natural resources and cultural heritage. The series is thus aligned with the Green Recovery narrative. Each monthly episode will last about 20 minutes. The first episode will feature Mana Earthly Paradise in Ubud, Bali and be aired at the end of December- hopefully!  Stay tuned!

Project members from the Earth Company team
Tomo Hamakawa

Tomo is a seasoned development professional having lived and worked in various corners of the world from the Tibetan plateau, Indian drylands, Indonesian tropics, to Japanese metropolises. He has extensive field experience working for international and local development NGOs across Asia and Africa, including Kopernik, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and the World Bank. Tomo has a BA in Social Anthropology from Harvard College, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and was an Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellow (2008) and Innovation Fellow (2020) at the East-West Center.

Andi Junila Aulia (June)

An avid environmentalist, June is a fellow in the YSEALI Academic Program (Spring 2021) by the East West Center and has worked with numerous environmental projects such as biogen (bioremediation agent) and Agrowth (renewable energy project). She has also served as Coordinator of Research and Technology for the Green Makers, an initiative by Mall Sampah. June graduated from Hasanuddin University, Faculty of Agriculture, with a focus on Environmental Biotechnology. 

Partner organizations


East West Center 
The East-West Center is a leader in educating people of the Asia Pacific region, including the United States, to meet the evolving demands and interdependency of global change.


Based in Bangkok, nornnorn is the world’s first Circular Economy-based mattress subscription service for hospitality businesses.


Project Evo
Project Evo is building an alliance of evolutionary jedis who are dreaming and manifesting new models.


Wise Steps Travel
Wise Steps Travel is one of the Indonesian pioneers of responsible, educational and accessible travel.


Vision Strategy Storytelling
VSStory is an award-winning storytelling & strategy company, supporting businesses to position themselves as the solution for the world’s problems – and not the cause.


Coaching for Cause
Coaching for Cause is an online coaching platform that brings people, coaches and NGOs together for sustainable living.


Reducing Our Footprint (ROF)
ROF reduces environmental impact through personalised sustainable solutions and circular projects that offer immediate results.


Alam Santi partners with clients on regenerative solutions for meaningful and sustainable change