In the past few years, many people and businesses have been making a conscious effort to go green. This green movement promotes using eco-friendly, energy efficient products and services and that’s exactly what green hotels do. Lodging is one industry where both businesses and individuals can work together to make the world a cleaner, greener place.
Any type of lodging can be considered a green hotel, from B&Bs to motels to upscale luxury resorts. The one thing they all have in common is that their owners, managers, employees and guests understand the importance of making choices that protect the environment.
Benefits of Choosing Green Hotels
The most obvious benefit of choosing a green hotel is that you are reducing your impact on the earth. Hotels produce a lot of waste, use a lot of energy and put a lot of toxins into the environment. Choosing a green hotel is one decision that can make a big difference.
Beyond feeling good about helping the environment, you’ll also feel good physically when you choose a green hotel over regular hotels. Green hotels don’t use harmful cleaners that are full of toxins that can irritate your skin, sinuses and more. The air is clean and fresh, free of aerosols and cigarette smoke.
For the employees who clean the rooms, work the front desk and walk the halls these health benefits are significant. When the employees feel better it will lead to a better customer service which will make your stay that much more enjoyable.
Most importantly, green hotels support green vendors. This support helps green venders grow and expand their businesses enabling them to provide more people with healthier options.
What to Look for in a Green Hotel
There are many ways that green hotels can make their establishment more eco-friendly. From the moment you arrive using the complementary shuttle service to the time you check out and end your stay just about every experience, product and service should be ‘green’.
- Low flow showerheads
- Low flow toilets
- Serving water on request in restaurants
- Using sprinklers at optimal times during the day
- Linen cards that allow guests to use sheets more than once
- Installing ceiling fans in rooms
- Using motion sensored lights
- Florescent bulbs
- Linen cards
Reduction of Toxins and Chemicals
- Using organic gardening and pest services
- Using cleaners that exclude, dyes, fragrances and harsh chemicals
- Linen cards
Where to Find Green Hotels
Many states now have green lodging programs which are a great place to start your search. These programs recognize hotels that have met state standards for providing what they consider to be green lodging.
There are also a number of organizations that accredit and recognize green hotels. These organizations often have green hotel directories that help consumers find eco-friendly lodging options all over the country.
Another way to find green hotels in a specific city is to contact their chamber of commerce and/or tourism departments. They should have up-to-date lists of local green hotel options.