There aren’t many hotels that don’t ask their customers to think about whether they really need clean towels every day. It is a policy that considers a fairly standard environment these days. But is that all your hotel does? Climate change policy and legislative changes, including the recent announcement of the Green Claim Code, are the perfect time to boost your eco-game.
Here are some ideas.
Do more than just ask your guests to keep their towels longer. Change from white towels to dark ones. Benefits include longer life cycles, better sourcing options, and fewer harmful chemicals entering the environment.
The textile industry is one of the most polluting industries, accounting for a fifth of global industrial water pollution. Dark colored towels are better for the environment because they can be made from recycled materials, recycled fabrics and scrap and do not require bleaching. It uses a lot of chemicals to keep the color.
By adding a toilet tank bag to your existing toilet, you can save up to 11.4 liters of water each time you flush!
Toilets can use up to 14 liters of water in a flush restaurant, wasting valuable freshwater resources and increasing water bills.
While double flush toilets are growing in popularity, they are often expensive, misused, poorly built and time-consuming to install on a large scale.
The toilet tank bag is an inexpensive retrofit option that is quick to install and very effective in reducing water consumption throughout hotel rooms and facilities.
three. QR code menu
Save resources, reduce waste and reduce costs by replacing traditional printed room service and restaurant menus with QR codes.
Print menus require resources for paper, ink, lamination and binding, and often require reprints if damaged, updated with new menu items, or simply out of style.
4. Eco-friendly cleaning products
Commercial and professional cleaning products are expensive to produce (financially and environmentally), harmful to use, and loaded with toxic chemicals that are harmful when cleaned back into the environment. These products often contain allergens that cause long-term health problems, and many cleaning products adversely affect the customer experience by worsening air quality. They also harm the environment and biodiversity when runoff spreads to local ecosystems, especially water bodies, and are destabilized by the introduction of harmful chemicals such as triclosan, phosphates, phthalates, etc.
Using environmentally friendly products means fewer or no toxic chemicals leaking from your facility because they are made from natural, biodegradable ingredients that are virtually free of allergens. Many products come in biodegradable packaging to make disposal at end of life easier.
Eco-friendly cleaning products can also be made from products already in the hotel. This saves money and allows hotels to advertise that some cleaning products are made with a closed loop life cycle. For example, we use citrus peel and vinegar from the on-site kitchen to create a natural all-rounder.
Many environmentally certified cleaning companies offer professional-quality, eco-friendly cleaning products that can be purchased in bulk, further saving money and packaging.
5. shower product dispenser
Turn expensive, wasteful single-use shower products in your room into refillable dispensers with environmentally friendly, cruelty-free products.
Individually packaged shower products, such as mini shampoos, conditioners and body washes, can be very wasteful and expensive as they have to be replaced per guest. This is especially problematic when customers use the product a little and then throw it away. Another problem is that many green suppliers won’t sell in single use sizes because of the waste associated with excessive plastic packaging. Switching to a shower product dispenser allows guests to take what they need and avoid waste while maintaining hygiene. This easy exchange gives you more options when choosing which products to include in your hotel. Here you can buy environmentally friendly, non-brutal, locally sourced natural shower products in bulk and cheap.
Choosing these few simple exchanges can make a real difference to your guests, revenues and the future of our planet. Many vendors are already buying preschool options such as cleaning, personal hygiene, towels or bed linen. And sites like Beyond Bamboo have specific sections for the hospitality sector to give customers access to trusted certified products.
Transitioning to environmentally friendly products and operations often leads to cost savings in the short and long term, reduced waste, guest engagement, and increased efficiencies. For example, climate NGOs Pave Hotels save $7 for every $1 they invest in reducing food waste, and 70% pay back within one year.
About the author:
Divya Vaghela is from Beyond Bamboo, a global community of sustainable products, services and suppliers working collectively to restore and rejuvenate the planet. With a team of passionate people dedicated to consumer marketplaces, B2B vendor portals, knowledge hubs and triple revenue reporting, Beyond Bamboo aims to help all of us do good.