Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Greening of Hospitality

Practicing the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) at home has pretty much become second nature to a great number of individuals but what about while traveling?

Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and others in the hospitality industry are making great strides in reducing waste and saving energy.  In fact, the NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance has an initiative in place to assist the industry.  It is called The Green Plan for Hotels.  They can assist in all aspects of conservation from on-site assessments to identify waste reduction opportunities to assistance in finding markets for recyclables.  The web address is www.p2pays.org/hospitality.

Hotels are now offering guests options that help save energy.  While fresh sheets every night during a week’s stay are nice, they’re not a necessity.  Clean sheets every other night will save 50% of the energy that would be otherwise be used.  Many places also offer in-room recycling.  Ask about opportunities to recycle when you travel.

And of course the perfect opportunity to reuse can be found with little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.  Even if you won’t reuse them at home, they can be donated to local groups  that provide to those in need.  Remember, you can make a difference.

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