Hello! Today I’m gonna be chatting about ways to reduce the impact of your hotel stay, and so travel more responsibly. If you fancy learning more about sustainable travel, you can listen to my podcast episode with Natasha from Mindful Feet here.
Bring Your Own Toiletries
Most hotels offer complimentary shampoo, conditioner & other bathroom essentials in those small plastic bottles. Odds are, you already have your own products at home, so just take those with you to prevent unnecessary waste. Even if you do use the small bottles, you’re likely to not finish the product entirely so it’s just going to be thrown out. Make it clear that you haven’t used the samples by putting them away from the bathroom and leave a note if you need to, so that they can be given to the next person.
If you do need to use them, take the bottles home with you so you can refill with your own product and take them on future travels; perfect if they’re under 100ml so you can take them in your handluggage!
Don’t Get New Towels / Bedding Everyday
I doubt there’s anyone who changes their bed linen or towels everyday at home, so why would you when on holiday? If it isn’t dirty, either keep the same bedding for your whole break or reduce the frequency at which it’s changed. Lots of hotels now have this option and you can just pop a message on the door asking for them not to be changed, however if there isn’t you can speak to the staff or leave a note to clarify that you don’t need new linens.
This helps to reduce the amount of energy, water and chemicals being used. Imagine how many guests the hotel has, and to wash all those beddings and towels everyday takes a lot of water! They also tend to bleach everything and those chemicals go into the sea and can harm aquatic life.
Turn Off The Things You’re Not using
When you leave the hotel room, turn off the lights/appliances to help to conserve energy. Some accommodations have the system where your room’s key card needs to be inserted for the electronics to work, however if this isn’t the case, be mindful and flip the switch before leaving. This also applies to turning off the tap whilst brushing your teeth and other small acts to reduce energy & water use.
Limit Your Single-Use Plastic
Many hotels have mini bars or tea making facilities which have single-use plastic utensils with them. Avoid using these and instead take your own reusable options, like bamboo cutlery & a reusable water bottle. If you forget yours and need to use plastic for whatever reason, don’t just throw them in the general waste bin and take them to reception for them to put in the recycling bin.
Avoid Big Hotel Chains & Stay Local
Stay with smaller, locally owned hotels and avoid big corporations like the Hilton. Search on places like Ecobnb or Greenpearls to find independent or sustainable-minded accommodation. If staying in a place specifically set up to be eco-friendly isn’t feasible, you can reduce your stay’s impact by following the tips above! If you feel like the hotel could be doing more in terms of the environment, then drop the CEO / Owner an email and tell them that! It’s also important to support local artisans, restaurants and tour companies to help promote the people who live there and the local economy.
I hope that you found this little guide useful & that you’ll implement some of the tips on your next stay to help stay sustainable! Let me know any other tricks that I’ve missed in the comments below.
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