Luxury hotels are embracing their responsibility to be green hotels and in so doing are setting targets to reduce their impact on the environment, as well as the carbon footprint of the guests that stay with them. Based on my travelling experience around the globe, and my interest in sustainable living I prepared this small list of micro-policies I’ve seen being implemented by hotels in their quest to subscribe and engage with people such as myself
Green hotels focus on strategies that reduce resource consumption and waste generation. These strategies do not compromise the luxury expected, and may enhance the quality of the stay. These practices usually save the hotel money which increases profits, so eco hotels actually make good business sense.
Some of the environmental policies that luxury environment hotels adopt are:
Eco hotels must maintain green standards without distracting from the luxury feel of the hotel. Green hotels invite guests to live responsibly, which may extend to their homes or workplaces. Aquariums with colorful fish and lots of plants and flowers in the lobby and other public places add to the green ambience. Nature oriented original artwork adds to the green feeling and promotes local artists and community.
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Luxury green hotels should also give high quality complimentary accessories to the guests. These can easily be environmentally friendly items such as fresh local fruit and reusable shampoo bottles.
Enviromnent hotels should always use cloth napkins, real dishes and flatware instead of plastic, paper or disposable. Leftover food could be kept for later and even reheated by the hotel and taken to the guest’s room.
The best environmental policies in the luxury hotel industry include:
This represents a small sample of some of the environmental policies I’ve seen being used by hotels across the globe. The next time you stay in a hotel that is putting this list in practice, go out of your way to commend the hotel on their policy and that it is important to you. Equally if you find a hotel where one of these policies could be implemented, don’t hesitate to leave it on your comments form!