Madrid garbage hotel not your common dump

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The doors to the Beach Garbage Hotel in Madrid, Spain officially opened on Friday with the intent to raise awareness of ocean pollution.

Constructed entirely of actual garbage that turned up on the shorelines in Europe by the tide or was found in garbage dumps around the continent, the Beach Garbage Hotel is a five-room hotel located in Plaza de Callo. The construction and opening of the hotel was planned to coincide with the annual International Tourism Fair that takes place in Madrid.

"I created the Beach Garbage Hotel because the oceans of our planet are the biggest garbage dump," German artist Ha Schult, the creator of the project, told the Agence France Presse. Schult has made an annual project out of this. In June of 2010 Schult constructed a similar garbage hotel in Rome as part of the Corona's Save the Beach campaign. The insides of the hotel are simple and lack luxuries common in most hotels. Toilets are considered eco-friendly and there are no showers. Guests staying in the hotel will be provided with actual furniture so there will be no need to worry about sleeping on a trash bag for a pillow.

"We wanted to show what our holidays could become if we don't clean our beaches," spokeswoman Rosa Piqueras said of the garbage hotel project. Piqueras confirmed that between 30-40% of the garbage was picked form beaches in Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Guests with a reservation are warned of the environmental developments in Spain. One hotel notice claims that one in ten people in Spain choose not to go to the beech because of the dirty state of the environment. This is a trend that is consistent throughout Europe according to the Beach Garbage Hotel. "Fourteen percent of Europeans do the same."

Travelers hoping to have an opportunity to spend a night or more in the hotel need to act fast. The hotel closes on Sunday January 23, 2011.

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