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“We recognize a window of opportunity to develop a network of pop up eco-resorts using locally-sourced materials, skills and resources to provide high quality, environmentally and economically sustainable tourist accommodation,” Shenton told Inhabitat.

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Fabricated with a sustainable soft wood, the tiny pods are comprised of solar-powered kits that can be flat-packed for easy shipping. Designed to be shipped anywhere in the world, they are easily erected by three people. Stenton said an entire off-grid eco resort can be constructed in a very short space of time. For now, he has teamed up with several landowners to develop a local network of these tiny resorts complete with electric transportation, bicycles, e-bikes for sustainable movement. Six resorts are in the planning stage, and the first pilot is expected to open in Spring, 2017.

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“Our pods also lend themselves to any number of other uses, for leisure, hospitality, disaster relief,” said Shenton. “Our target legacy will be to create a viable export business for the Azores as we send our EcoPods to the many other geographical locations in need of fast, affordable and sustainable accommodation.”

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