Tips for greening your hostel

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Over the past decade, sentiment regarding “going green” has steadily increased, as awareness of global climate change, clean water shortages and toxins in our environment has growth. More and more people are concerned about recycling, saving water and reducing waste. And they are making choices in their purchasing habits based on these concerns.

Why have a green hostel?

  • Because demand for sustainable enterprises is on the rise.

  • Because it can result in lower operating and maintenance costs.

  • Because we all stand to benefit from taking care of Mother Earth.

What changes need to be made to be an eco-hostel

Identify your main worries regarding the environment and publish them on your website and display them on your hostel walls, so your guests can learn your values. In other words, promote your cause and empower guests and employees to join you.

Water

-Install dual flush lavatories. Use self-closing taps or tap sensors.

-Implement rain collection and use the water for cleaning and watering gardens.

Energy use

-Use energy saving lamps.

-Install efficient lightning on stairs, offices or common areas, with occupancy sensors.

-When possible, limit or discourage the use of air-conditioning. Locating the rooms in the coolest zones of the building can help.

-Encourage the use of stairs rather than an elevator.

Changing habits

-Minimize the production of paper brochures.

-Change your office products to recycled ones.

-Print on both sides when possible.

-Host your website on a green host like aiso.net, canvasdreams.com or supergreenhosting.co.uk.

-Recycle paper, plastic, glass, tin and tetra cartoons.

-Separate garbage correctly; recycle or donate old electronic devices; and donate towels, blankets and mattresses you don't use anymore.

-Avoid disposable products like individual packages of shampoo, conditioner, sugar, jam, etc.

-Dissolve cleaning products or use environmentally friendly ones.

-Use 100% recycled toilet paper.

-Re-cover old furniture.

Promote environmental awareness inside and outside the hostel

-Fill water bottles with tap water.

-Have disposal containers available for paper, plastic and glass.

-Compost organic waste for plants and garden.

-Minimize the use of water: restrict shower time to 10 minutes.

-Turn off the lights when nobody is using them.

-Use sweaters or blankets to reduce the use of heaters.

-Prominently display public transportation information.

-Re-use plastic bags or use cloth bags.

Eco public relations

-Create a regional network for eco-friendly hostels, restaurants and pubs.

-Encourage customers to visit local places and to support regional products.

-Encourage healthy activities like walking or cycling.

-Encourage volunteer participation in local conservation projects (Earth Day, litter clean up days, etc.).

-Offer your guests eco-information about campsites in National Parks near your hostel or protected reserves.

Get inspired!

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Source: Eco-Hostels.org

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