Many of today’s travelers are interested in topics like global warming, preserving the environment and other green initiatives. These issues influence the choices they make when they are on the road. Consider the benefits that green alternatives can bring to your hotel in terms of improving sustainability, reducing costs and attracting guests.
Keep it simple
The trend toward minimalism can make it easier than ever to design on a budget. Clean lines make rooms look larger and avoiding heavy fabrics makes it easier to keep rooms and common areas clean and dust-free. Simple designs are not only greener, they also provide a spa-like feel which can make your guests feel relaxed and refreshed.
Decorate with plants
Not only does it make your hotel seem lush and welcoming, it actually improves air quality by returning oxygen to the environment.
Use renewable resources
Bamboo is an amazing product. It can be used in fabrics, flooring and more. It creates soft, durable materials that wash well. Bamboo floors are hardy and attractive. Best of all, it’s use has a very low impact on the environment. It’s one of the fastest growing plants, capable of growing nearly 100 inches in just 24 hours.
Reduce your carbon footprint
If the exterior design of your hotel allows it, consider adding solar panels to your roof. Update your insulation, so you’re not losing heat through the walls. Check that your physical plant is using the most energy-efficient equipment possible. Install low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets.
Keep dining green
If your hotel includes a restaurant, carry the green theme over. Use locally sourced products and minimize waste. Minimize the use of plastics where possible. Discuss additional green strategies with your restaurant manager, who may have noted areas for improvement.
Be vigilant about maintenance
Neglecting the small things can have a significant negative impact. Stay on top of your to-do list to get things like these done:
- Turn off lights in unoccupied areas
- Turn down heating/air conditioning
- Check for and repair leaking faucets and toilets
- Power down unused equipment
- Place linen reuse cards for towels and sheets in each guest room
- Change filters regularly
- Provide recycling containers in guest rooms and common areas.
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