Whether you are looking at eco-camp an eco-village or eco-lodge. You are most likely looking for accommodation that seeks to minimize its footprint on the local environment and be a force for good with the local community. So what you should be looking for in an eco-type accommodation? Here are some examples of what you can look for, to find out how eco-friendly your accommodation is:
Do they have policies in place to protect local nature?
Do they inform visitors of local habitats and species of interest?
Are they supporting local conservation initiatives?
Do they hire trained guides?
Are they sourcing food and work from the local area?
Are they supporting local social or cultural initiatives?
Are they in other ways a positive part of the local community?
Have they implemented measures to limit the power consumption generally?
Are they using green energy?
Have they implemented other green solutions?
Does the place work with water conservation?
Do they harvest rainwater?
Do they dispose of the waste-water in a safe manner?
Does the place have responsible waste management?
Do they sort and recycle their waste?
Do they use compost?
Is there implemented limited the use of single-use plastic ie no styrofoam lunch boxes or plastic straws.
Your selection of accommodation does not need to include all these things to be eco-friendly, but if they have implemented some of these or other initiatives to minimize the negative impact on the local environment and mitigate effects on the climate, then you have an indication that they take their impact on the local environment seriously and take the responsibility to limit the environmental impact.
Look at their website for a policy or other statements on commitment to sustainability, and when you go as a responsible traveller, check and see for yourself are they honoring their words in practice?