With the public becoming more and more aware of their lifestyle choice’s effects on the planet, ecotourism is more popular than ever. Greener choices are no longer reserved for the green movement – they’re part of mainstream cultures around the world.
Aside from the moral take on eco-friendliness, making more sustainable choices in your day-to-day running can have incredible benefits to your bottom line.
Ecotourism is now big business and any hotel that can show their engagement in responsible tourism is seeing serious returns.
By 2020, the U.N. World Tourism Organization predicts there will be over 1.6 billion eco-inspired trips enjoyed around the world. This trend is set to continue to grow substantially as travellers become more aware of their holiday choice’s long-term impact.
Eco-friendliness is moving from ‘on-trend’ to ‘must-have’ for a growing number of environmentally conscious travellers. In a recent study from The Nielsen Company 66% of global respondents would “pay more for products and services from companies committed to positive social and environmental impact”.
A similar survey from TUI found that two-thirds of holidaymakers are willing “to make lifestyle trade-offs to benefit the environment.”
Choosing greener options can not only improve your establishment’s effect on the environment, but also help attract the affluent eco-aware travellers of today. Here are 3 simple switches from wasteful products to eco options you can implement to help improve your eco-friendliness and attract more eco-friendly guests.
3 Eco-Friendly Solutions With Cost Advantages
Eco Friendly Lighting
Get rid of all of your outdated fluorescent lights, not only do they not look great, they cost more to run than other energy efficient lighting options. Many people find fluorescent lights give them headaches too – so by switching you’re ensuring guests have a more pleasant experience too.
Although the initial cost may be more, investing in energy efficient LED lighting saves you money in the long run. They last longer than traditional fluorescent bulbs and they cost less on your energy bill.
Traditional chafing fuels such as gel or wick pots can be dangerous to handle and the leftover fuel along with each metal pot is usually sent to landfill after just one use. Incredibly wasteful (as well as being a fire hazard), these old-fashioned chafing fuels are being replaced by EcoBurner.
The EcoBurner is a refillable burner that is placed under a chafing dish to supply a portable heat source that is safer, cleaner and greener. It uses a specially developed butane/propane mix of gas that’s supplied in canisters. Each canister contains approximately five refills of gas and can then be recycled so no fuel is wasted and there’s no leftover toxic fuel going to landfill.
Single Use Plastic
The war on plastic straws is still ongoing and with the US still getting through over 500 million of them every day, it’s a battle that looks a long way from over.
Single use plastics are rife throughout the hospitality sector and skipping serving plastic straws and plastic stirrers with your drinks, you can show your customers how proactive you are in the fight against plastic pollution.
With widespread increased awareness comes widespread solutions. There are so many eco friendly options on the market now:
- Swap plastic straws for biodegradable, sustainable options (bamboo or paper) or metal
- Replace disposable beach containers with bamboo products
- Switch staff plastic water bottles for stainless steel bottles and a water fountain refilling station
- Ditch plastic coasters for sustainable options/recycled options
- Swap plastic toothbrushes for guests to bamboo options
- Forget about plastic cutlery and only use metal or bamboo cutlery
- Try out takeaway food containers that are made from sustainably sourced materials
There’s no denying that switching over to green alternatives can be daunting – but the rewards are worth it.
Not only are you helping to save your local environment from pollution and waste, you’re also showing your guests how much you care.
Making the hospitality industry an economically sustainable sector is going to be tough work, but the truth is that every measure, every step taken to reduce the carbon footprint at every level of the industry counts and is, in fact, crucial.
There are so many ways to reduce your hotel’s carbon footprint, so why not start today? Register your interest and get a free demo of EcoBurner’s innovative chafing dish solutions here.