What is "GREEN"
Accommodation & "Green" Travel?
Don't just go on vacation - experience it
Every dollar I spend is a statement about the kind
of world I want & the quality of life I value.
You're probably hearing a lot about companies & businesses saying they are
"green" now-a-days. But what does this mean? And how can you, as a consumer, know
who is telling the truth?
We'd like to put in our 2 cents on the subject since we have been watching it
develop over the past year - and watching corporate marketers take advantage of
the general public's willingness to embrace & support green businesses. Be skeptical and ask businesses to be accountable! Many businesses are now trying to call themselves green for marketing reasons - not for authentic green reasons.....
Here's just a few basic things accommodations can
do to be green & eco-friendly:
Solve Issues with Sustainable Alternatives - In general, use creativity to solve comfort issues with sustainable alternatives rather than buying or using pre-fabricated or new materials.
Sustainable & Recycled/Refurbished Furniture & Decorations - use furniture that is made locally, used and refurnished, or can easily be preserved so replacement furniture is not always being purchased. Decorate with sustainable products and/or local made arts and crafts.
Eco-Friendly Contruction - building construction and material choices are made with environmental friendliness being a priority.
Allergy Conscious -
take care of people with chemical sensitivities and
allergies by cleaning with biodegradable products.
Alternative Energy - use renewable energy which can include biomass, solar, water, wind and geothermal.
- use biodegradable disposables like napkins or corn-based
plastics whenever possible. Better yet, limit or eliminate disposables by providing reusable storage containers and utensils.
Composting - offer or require a composting option for guests and staff. This turns
solid organic materials into a soil-like product for gardens (which aids in
holding moisture and decreases the need for watering).
Cotton Towels & Sheets -
Cotton items do not add VOCs to the air in guestrooms. Synthetic fabrics are
not sustainable and use petrochemicals.
Durable Service Items -
use and offer guests cups, glasses, mugs, dishes, tableware, storage containers, and other items that are long-lasting
and not disposables.
Eco-friendly Food -
offer food that is sensitive to it's natural environment, wildlife and plants.
It may be organically grown and raised or is local and fresh which reduces
transportation impact costs.
Educate Guests - teach
people by their website or onsite about the green actions they are taking, why
they are important and how others can make an impact as well.
Educate Staff -
teaching staff about the green actions they are taking, why they are important
and how to encourage others to make an impact as well.
Energy Conservation -
property reduces energy consumption through any means possible. This may be
selecting energy efficient appliances, compact flourescent or LED lighting,
turning things off when not in use and using more insulation and weather
Environmental Cleaning -
housekeeping and laundry practices that avoid harsh chemicals, unhealthy cleaning styles, and
Fresh Air - provide rooms that
have windows that open or use a fresh air exchange system in the building.
Gray-Water Recycling -
Gray water is water from the bathroom and kitchen sinks and showers and washing machines, where only safe biodegradable soaps are
used. This water can be used for plant irrigation, landscaping, and gardening instead of being
wasted in a sewer. Plants thrive on this water even more so than fresh water.
The water is filtered and cleaned by the soil on its way to the ground and
underground water systems.
Recycling Bins -
Recycle containers are placed around the property where guests and staff can use
them instead of just trash cans.
Non-Smoking Rooms -
Property has rooms guaranteed to be free of smoke pollution. A hotel may use a
floor or the entire hotel as a smoke-free environment. It is more difficult to
clean a room after smoking. This in turn leads to an impact on allergies and
Organic Food - Organic
food is grown without pesticides or fertilizers. It is healthier and tastes
Participate in Green
Programs - although paid green certifications do not necessarily indicate a 'real' green property, properties that are involved in local, national, or world-wide green efforts exhibit a belief in general green principles.
Promote Green Aspects -
properties that mention their green efforts in advertising. There are many
places that take green actions yet do not mention it at all. Promoting
green practices does promote awareness.
Referral Service for other Green Businesses - property has researched like-minded green businesses and refers guests to them (restaurants, shopping, accommodations in different locations, etc.)
Sheet Program - Hotels do
not need to wash your sheets every day of your stay. A hotel may let you decide
when to wash them or wash them at certain intervals instead of daily. This does
not mean they do not clean sheets between guests. It pertains to your own
Towel Program - Hotels
do not need to wash your towels every day of your stay. A hotel may let you
decide when to wash them or wash them at certain intervals instead of daily.
This does not mean they do not clean towels between guests. It pertains to your
own multi-night stay.
Water Conservation -
Properties that reduce water usage. This can include low-flow toilets and
shower heads, washing sheets and towels less often, native landscaping that
doesn't require additional watering, or implementing gray water systems.
Bulk Soap & Amenities
- Soaps, shampoo and conditioner in bulk dispensers instead of individual
bottles. This reduces packaging, transportation costs, and landfill impact.
Lova Lava Land does all of the above except the last one.
The only reason we don't offer bulk soap & amenities is because we've yet
to find a reasonably priced organic option to purchase. We may just end up
making it ourselves if we can't find a good option in the future!