Sustainability In Hospitality: What Hotels Need To Know
All businesses around the world today have a responsibility to be more sustainable. Hotels are no exception! You can’t simply stick a few recycling bins in your car park and deem yourself eco-friendly. You need to take a proactive approach to ensure that your hotel is not responsible for a high level of carbon emissions. With that being said, let’s take a look at everything you need to know about sustainability in hospitality.
There is only one place to begin, and this is by keeping hotel utilities green. Investing in green infrastructure can help you to achieve long-term sustainability and a great return on your investment. There are plenty of different options in this regard, including water recovery and recycling systems, geothermal cooling towers, energy star-rated heating and cooling systems, and solar panel installations.
You should not only concern yourself with everything that is going on inside your hotel but the outside of it as well. There are a number of different things you can do to create a garden area that is eco-friendly. Firstly, watering the outdoor area wisely is important. There are some great smart irrigation systems on the market today that can help you to cut down on unnecessary water used with timed water. You can also lower your overall water requirements by planting native plants that are drought-resistant. This will also lower your need for fertilisers and pesticides.
Installing a worm composting bin is another good suggestion. There are countless benefits of breaking down organic material into nutrient-rich fertiliser and soil. You will be able to speed up the composting process, reduce plant diseases, promote healthy organic growth in the operations in your hotel kitchen, and you will keep pests away from rubbish too!
Finally, we would recommend that you cut down on runoff. The excess water that comes from snow, irrigation, and storms is a silent assassin in terms of the environment. A lot of people do not realise this but it is especially tricky on hotel grounds that have concrete outdoor patios and asphalt parking. If you use water detention ponds and plant rain gardens you can combat this by collecting drainage.
In addition to the tips that we have mentioned so far, we also recommend that you look for ways to make food services more eco-friendly. Shopping local is a good place today. Source from nearby food providers and growers. It is an excellent way to support farmers while also lowering your carbon emissions caused when you get food delivered from far away. You should also look to include sustainable offerings as well, including vegan and vegetarian options that take fewer resources to produce the meat.
Next, you should incorporate reusable mugs, glasses, silverware, and dishes. It also makes sense to look for different ways to lower waste during events. Make sure that you have recyclable containers available so that guests can easily see where they should dispose of their plastic bottles, aluminium cans, and paper.
Finally, one thing that we have noticed a lot of hotels do is compost their waste, as well as donating any leftover or unused food to national and local programmes and food banks. This is a great way to help others while reducing the waste you are responsible for.
Opt for non-toxic, biodegradable products in sustainable packaging whenever possible. A sustainable purchasing policy is pretty easy to establish, and it should cover everything from paper products and light bulbs to cleaning supplies, sanitisers, adhesives, office supplies, pens, writing pads, and paint.
You should also make sure that your hotels’ appliances are as energy-efficient as possible. From your ice machines to your commercial fryers, whenever the time comes to replace one of your appliances, it makes sense to look for a green, eco-friendly replacement so that you can lower your environmental impact and reduce your energy bills at the same time.
You should also consider how you can make guest rooms more sustainable. Sustainability efforts here may have started with cards reminding your guests to turn off the AC or to reuse their towels. However, we’ve gone way past those days! Now, we can use technology in the form of automation to make guest rooms more energy-efficient.
One of the ways that you can do this is by installing thermostats that have occupancy sensors, which will adjust AC and heating temperatures. Using IoT technology, you can connect these amenities to apps so that guests can amend their settings remotely.
Aside from this, there are room sensors that will detect light levels automatically, reducing or increasing the brightness of the bulbs. There are also smart showers, which will limit shower length to a pre-set time, alerting the user when the time is almost over.
Last but not least, while all of the suggestions that we have mentioned above are important, you will want to make sure you have a dedicated team who can enforce the different rules that you put in place regarding the environment. A “green team” can monitor all of your activities, and they will be able to make suggestions regarding some of the different things that you can do to operate more eco-friendly.
As you can see, there are a number of different steps you can take to make sure that your hotel is as sustainable as possible. This is something that all hotels need to make a dedicated effort to achieve. Plus, there are a lot of different eco-friendly steps you can take that are not going to drain your resources as well, so there is really no excuse, is there?