GOING GREEN: 7 TIPS FOR AN ECO-FRIENDLY HOTEL
These days, many more travelers are considering the environment when making their travel plans. This could include everything from how people pack, to what they buy, to finding eco-friendly hotels or resorts to stay in.
Eco-tourism is not just a trend, but has become a movement which is increasing every year. Businesses are also choosing to be more environmentally conscious. These changes are made in both big and small ways. It could be anything from serving drinks without straws, to constructing entire properties made of materials that have less impact on our environment.
That being said, choosing to Go Green can help hotels and resorts to stay competitive, attract more customers, and contribute to supporting our planet.
Here are just a few things that hotels and resorts can do to promote sustainable living.
This is a strategy that many hotels and resorts have adopted. With this policy, guests can choose to reuse sheets and towels rather than wash them every day. Guests can let the staff know if they will reuse their linens, or if they need them washed. This is a great way to cut back on water used for washing, or electricity used for drying.
SERVE DISHES WITH LOCAL INGREDIENTS
Environmentally-conscious travelers may make a point to dine in places that serve healthy and sustainable cuisine. Offering seasonal and locally produced food can ensure fresh and delicious food that also helps the environment. Locally sourced ingredients can also help guests to experience the local culture.
ECO-FRIENDLY HOTEL FURNITURE
From the lobby to the bedrooms, hotels and resorts need a significant amount of furniture. One way to consider the environmental impact of your furniture, is to choose furniture that is built with materials that promote sustainability.
The use of skylights is a great way to enjoy natural light while also saving on power during daylight hours. Other ways to reduce power is to opt for power saving light bulbs such as LED and tube lights, as well as power saving air-conditioners. Solar powered water heating can also go a long way.
Plant shady trees or add overhangs on walls. This can help reduce the load and power used for heating or cooling.
Consider including special bins for recyclable goods in the guest rooms. These should be used for paper, tin cans, plastic or glass.
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY GIFT SHOP
Does your hotel have a gift shop? If so, you could consider including items made with recycled goods, or items that support fair trade and sustainability