There are plenty of benefits to making your hotel sustainable, such as:
Furthermore, a truly sustainable hotel comes with excellent publicity and attractive marketing!
Here are some tips for you to help your hotel go green.
EDUCATE YOUR EMPLOYEES
A key element of implementing your environmental policy is educating your employees.
You should consider creating a sustainability team or assigning a responsible individual to oversee your efforts and ensure that sustainability is always a priority. Environmental policies should be included in the onboarding of new employees, but it is equally essential to also train the existing employees.
REDUCE YOUR PLASTIC USE AND RECYCLE WASTE
Reducing plastic waste and use is another way your hotel can minimize its environmental impact. Here are some ideas to reduce or avoid plastic:
1. Don’t provide straws or disposable cups and cutlery unless necessary. When they are required, switch to reusable or biodegradable options like bamboo straws.
2. Get rid of single-use plastic water bottles. Give guests a reusable branded bottle and provide water dispensers around the premises instead.
3. Take advantage of biodegradable bathroom amenities or use eco-friendly alternatives.
4. Whenever possible, buy local ingredients to reduce plastic packaging.
5. If you can’t reduce or reuse, place clearly marked recycling bins around the hotel so guests can separate waste.
USE ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS
Synthetic cleaning products contain harmful ingredients that can be unhealthy for living organisms (including us) and the planet as well. Use eco-friendly products that benefit the environment and your hotel standards at the same time!
REUSE TOWELS AND SHEETS
Even though you want to provide your guests with fresh linens and towels every day, most people do not use that many anyway. Encourage your guests to reuse towels, sheets, and bedding.
The only thing your guests must do is hang up their towel if they want to reuse it. When they want a fresh towel, they can put it on the floor or in a basket. This information can be displayed somewhere, so guests know what options they have.
OPTIMIZE ENERGY USE IN ROOMS AND PUBLIC AREAS
You can make a big difference to the environment as well as your hotel's spend by changing the lighting and controls in your rooms and public areas.
By switching to low energy lighting, you can use up to 80% less energy. In addition, you should ensure that energy is not used in empty rooms. Think about utilizing controls that switch off lights when your guests leave the room.
MINIMIZE WATER WASTE AND USAGE
One last simple way to become more eco-friendly is to reduce your hotel's water use and waste.
Consider switching to low-water laundry machines, minimizing water use in pools, and installing smart water management solutions, which not only save water but also effectively reduce your energy bill. Also, you can encourage guests to think about how they use water.
GO GREEN WITH SNAPFIX
The maintenance department is often the focus of environmental policies since maintenance itself plays an important role in sustainability – it improves operations and prolongs asset life.
By establishing a preventative maintenance plan, equipment will last longer, which means less waste from assets. Eliminate paper waste by choosing software like Snapfix that can automate the process.
To learn more about how Snapfix can be used in your hotel, check out our latest case study on The Johnstown Estate here.
If you are interested in booking a demo, contact our team here.