If you’ve been to an eco-friendly luxury hotel, you will notice that they employ several initiatives for ensuring that their operations are as sustainable as possible. Their efforts leave you feeling good about the choice of accommodation that you made.
However, it doesn’t have to stop at the hotel you are staying at. You can also implement some of these things into your home. Here’s how.
- Install a water-bottle refilling station
If you already have a water dispenser at your home, great! Take full advantage of it and always refill your water bottle before heading out. This minimizes the need to buy those plastic water bottles at the convenience store.
- Update your trash bins
No need to buy fancy bins for this one. Simply update your trash bins so they separate recyclable items from non-recyclable ones. It’s a simple step that makes a huge difference in the amount of trash you create.
- Furnish rooms sustainably
When it comes to furnishing your home, you want to opt for items made of sustainable materials. Opt for natural fiber sheets, mattresses with non-toxic materials, stock your kitchen with reusable utensils instead of plastic. Use bathroom items that are wrapped in biodegradable packaging.
- Choose certified green appliances
When shopping for a replacement on a broken appliance, make sure you get one that is energy efficient. There are plenty of options in the market right now for all kinds of appliances whether it’s dishwashers, freezers, ovens, and ice machines.
- Install room sensors
We often forget to turn off lights in rooms that are not in use. That doesn’t have to be a problem anymore if you have room sensors which automatically increases or decreases bulb brightness based on movements in the room.
- Ditch disposables
Some amenities in hotels such as shampoo, lotion, and coffee packets are wrapped in plastic which over time, can wreak havoc to the environment. You can follow what eco-friendly luxury hotels do and use bulk dispensers instead. Buy bigger refill packs at the supermarket or better yet, visit one of those zero-waste grocery stores that allow you to use your own container when refilling goods.
- Install automatic thermostats
Just like room sensors, this kind of thermostat will automatically adjust heating and cooling temperatures of a room using its occupancy sensors. It’s another great way to save on energy without the hassle.
- Limit showers with smart showers
It’s easy to get lost in time when you’re having a leisurely shower. This can result in lots of wasted water. To prevent that, install smart showers which limit the length of showers you have. You can still enjoy your shower time but it will automatically alert you when it’s almost over.
- Support sustainable manufacturers
When shopping for products whether it’s travel gear or clothing, check to see whether the brand or business is green certified. You want to support product manufacturers that care about the environment and their workers.
- Reuse your linens
This isn’t really a product but a way of using a product in a more sustainable way. Instead of replacing your linens often, consider reusing them for as long as possible. You will be surprised how long a set of sheets and towels stay clean provided you know how to care for them. This will save you the need to use the washing machine and electric dryer so often.
- Use green cleaning products
You can still keep your home clean without the need to use harsh chemical-based cleaners. There are plenty of safer, more natural alternatives that can be found in your own kitchen, e.g. vinegar and baking soda. Alternatively, you can shop for cleaning products that have a certified green seal.