The Hotel Industry impresses us every day with their commitment to caring for our world and their commitment to spoiling our guests. We’ve seen hotels with energy efficient lighting, local organic menus, electric transportation vehicles and of course, recycling bins in room. As a guest, you can do your part, too. Here are a few eco-friendly travel tips to get you started!
1. Do reuse sheets & towels
Let the hotel know that you would like to reuse your sheets and towels. Some hotels ask you to put a card on the bed or hang up your towels as a sign that you are happy to reuse them. Just make sure you inform them in one way or another what you want.
2. Don’t pay $5 for bottled water
Every year, people consume 200 billion bottles of water! With only 12% being recycled, that leaves 176 billion plastic bottles that get dumped! Bring a reusable travel bottle like vapur and save your money as well as the environment!
3. Do eat, drink and buy locally
Part of the fun of traveling is getting to know the local cuisine and culture, so why would you want to visit the same old chains? Seek out restaurants serving locally-sourced ingredients. It’s a triple win: You support a local business, you reduce the pollution that’s produced by importing goods and you get to try the tastiest, freshest foods your destination has to offer.
4. Don’t leave the lights on
Remember what your Mom always says: “When you leave the room, turn the lights and the TV off.” Another great health tip: When you come back to your room, consider opening the windows for some fresh air, instead of cranking up the A/C.
5. Do email the bill
When it’s time to check out, do ask the hotel to email the bill instead of printing it out.