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  • Writer's pictureTaylor Kelly

The Future Of Hospitality: Embracing Sustainable Practices In Hotels

Updated: Oct 12, 2023

One of the biggest and most significant segments of the global economy is the hospitality sector. It has millions of employees and brings in billions of dollars annually. However, the hospitality sector also has a large negative influence on the environment. Hotels need a lot of water, energy, and other resources. They generate a lot of garbage as well.

Hotel Using Sustainable Building Practices

The necessity of sustainability in the hotel sector has come to light more recently. To lessen their influence on the environment, hotels are adopting sustainable practices at an increasing rate. These techniques may include the following:

  • Utilizing energy-saving equipment and lighting

  • Using less water

  • Lowering waste

  • Choosing regional and sustainable goods

  • Supporting activities for ecotourism

It can be advantageous for the environment and the bottom line to adopt sustainable methods. Hotels that practice sustainability can cut their energy and water expenditures, enhance their reputation and public image, as well as attract visitors who are more environmentally conscientious.

The hotel sector is under increasing pressure to implement sustainable practices as the need for sustainability becomes more widely recognized. Hotels with a commitment to sustainability have a higher chance of being successful in the future.

Here are some concrete instances of environmentally friendly actions that hotels can take:

Make use of energy-saving appliances and lighting

Hotels may be able to significantly reduce their energy costs as a result of implementing energy-saving appliances and lighting. Up to 75% less energy is required for lighting than is required by conventional incandescent bulbs. Up to 25% less energy than that utilized by conventional appliances can be saved by using energy-efficient appliances.

Be water-wise

Saving water can be accomplished by adding water-saving fixtures and repairing leaks. Up to 50% less water can be used when using water-saving fixtures, and up to 10,000 gallons of water can be saved annually by fixing leaks. Providing information on water conservation to visitors can encourage them to use less water while they are staying at the hotel. Simple solutions such as putting plaques in rooms to encourage guests to hang up and re-use their towels for shorter stays can reduce the amount of laundry that needs to be done, helping to reduce water usage on-site.

Decrease waste

Composting food scraps, watching food portions, implementing infrastructure to cut back on single-use goods, and cutting back on single-use plastics are all great ways to decrease waste.

Composting food waste helps cut down on the amount of food dumped in landfills. Another solution to reducing food waste would be to hire a consultant to do an analysis on the average amount of food left for each items you serve on-site to ensure food portions aren't producing too many unused leftovers. This is typically done by weighing plates, and taking pictures of entrees pre and post serving, to see how you can reduce portion sizes.

Implementing infrastructure to cut back on single-use goods, and eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics is a great way to make a quick impact to your bottom line, as well as reduce your overhead costs. Installing reusable bottles for shampoo, conditioner, soap, and lotion within rooms and using regular plates and silverware helps cut down on the amount of trash dumped in landfills.

Buy sustainable and regional goods

Buying sustainable and local goods lessens the amount of items that need to be shipped having an impact on CO2 emissions, and is a great way to support smaller local brands. Large organizations frequently aren't as sustainable as local businesses due to their scale of production and sourcing of materials.

Support sustainable tourism initiatives

This can involve making donations to environmental charities, or encouraging visitors to use sustainable tourism practices. Giving to environmental charities can support people who work to protect the environment, and promoting eco-friendly travel choices to visitors can encourage them to use sustainable tourism practices.

Adopting sustainable practices has several corporate advantages in addition to environmental advantages. More eco-aware travelers look to book accommodations at sustainable hotels, according to a recent study, 72% of passengers are prepared to pay more for a hotel that is committed to sustainability.

Here are some tips for hotels that are looking to adopt sustainable practices:

Start small

Don't try to do everything at once. Start by implementing a few sustainable practices and then gradually add more as you are able.

Get your employees involved

Sustainable practices are more likely to be successful if everyone in the hotel is on board. Get your employees involved in the planning and implementation of sustainable practices.

Communicate your goals with your guests

Inform your guests of the sustainable measures you're using, or plan to implement in the future. This will encourage more environmentally conscious travelers to stay at your hotel, and encourage conversations around sustainability with your current guests.

Track your development

To understand how your sustainable practices are affecting the environment and your bottom line, its crucial to track your progress. You can track your progress using a variety of methods and sites to measure your impact on. your property's carbon footprint. Tracking your impact on sustainability is also great to utilize for content on your website and social media pages, to raise awareness and inspire others to take action.

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