30-ish Ways to Go Green…

Filed in Awareness, Environment by on July 20, 2013

347_GO_GREEN_LOGO-300x300Great ‘greening’ tips for the Hospitality industry but can easily be adapted for your office and home to go green.

 

Behind the Scenes : 

  1. Draft an environmental policy & set of guidelines for your establishment
  2. Educate your staff and guests about “green” and why it’s important
  3. Promote your efforts on your website
  4. Measure your energy and water consumption and benchmark that.
  5. Analyse your waste management and look for alternatives.
  6. Get independent consultants to advise you on renewable energy: solar, photovoltaic, hydro, wind turbine, geothermal, biomass all of which exclude fossil fuels.
  7. Install grey-water systems for your indigenous gardens. Be water-wise.
  8. Recycling: simply separate wet and dry and have the dry sorted by the unemployed.  Ask your local Rotarians or Outreach Programme to help manage
  9. Change to toxin-free cleaning products
  10. Use micro fibre cloths to reduce the amount of cleaning liquid.
  11. Clean carpets with eco-friendly powders.
  12. Install water-efficient shower roses and taps and dual flush toilets.
  13. Set geyser thermostats to 60 deg.
  14. Décor: display local artist’s work and use natural, local materials.
  15. Furnishings: Use only wood that is sourced from sustainable certified forests.
  16. Lighting: use energy-saving CFL or LED light bulbs and make better use of daylight.
  17. Fitness areas: Limit equipment to weight and resistance machines rather than electric
  18. Heating: Improve with weather-stripping and insulation – install thermostats to save energy.

 Kitchen & Dining :

  1. Convert to energy-efficient appliances, gas or induction cookers.
  2. Buy fresh food locally and find or grow your own organically without pesticides & using natural compost rather than fertilizers.  Mention this on your menus.
  3. Choose Fair Trade products.
  4. Choose biodegradable disposable cups, plates and boxes which don’t consume petrochemicals and clog landfills.
  5. Use unbleached tea bags

 Rooms and Baths :

  1. Invite guests to request towel and linen changes as required.
  2. Minimize the clutter of brochures etc – one loose-leaf folder is enough.
  3. Ask guests not to leave appliances on “stand by” – or install a central control system.
  4. Use good quality airtight containers instead of individually wrapped beverages.
  5. Place waste-separation bins in the rooms.
  6. Encourage guests to change their clothes, not the thermostat.
  7. Use hemp bathrobes and upholstery fabrics. (Cotton is natural, but needs toxic pesticides and chlorine.)
  8. Try the new knit bed linen: quick drying, non-iron
  9. Buy soaps and amenities in bulk.  Check for toxic ingredients.
  10. Try poly/cotton towels (poly not green, but they dry fast.)

 

Written by Lorraine Jenks

Founder owner of Hotelsltuff and Greenstuff

www.greenstuff.co.za

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