How hotels are helping the environment

Hotels go green in ways that don’t just save money
Hotel guests can often feel sceptical about a property’s “green” initiatives – surely some measures are there because they save the hotel money too.
Not changing the sheets and towels every day saves money as well as the environment. Recycled materials can also mean extra revenue. Letting the room get chilly or stuffy when it’s unoccupied, or low-flow toilets and showerheads also cut energy bills.
But in many cases, green efforts are genuine. At hospitality giant IHG, hoteliers use an online tool, Green Engage, to see how well they’re doing in comparison to other properties in areas like energy, waste and water. It offers more than 200 green solutions to issues, and more than 100,000 green solutions have been executed.
But if guests can’t quite see what a hotel is doing to help the environment, they can ask, for example about plastic water bottle recycling, food waste and what happens to old equipment when it gets replaced.
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba says it saves more than a quarter of a million plastic bottles a year by giving guests a metal bottle to use for water. The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas donates recycling proceeds to charity. Holiday Inn Express donates old coffeemakers when they get updated. And Boston’s Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center collects grease to create heating fuel.
Los Angeles Times

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