Choosing environmentally friendly accommodation does not have to be difficult. You can follow simple guidelines. Here are 10 tips on how to find it and how to treat it with sustainability in mind.
When choosing your destination consider where your friends and acquaintances live. Staying at their place is a very resource-effective thing to do and you can pay them for their kindness too. The best part is, of course, spending time with them!
Use someone’s couch
Live like a local
HelpX is a good opportunity to live and eat in a place in exchange for your help. There are organic farms, non-organic farms, farm stays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats that welcome volunteers. Workaway is another similar platform for cultural exchange. For a few hours of work a day, you will get food and accommodation. You can stay there for a few weeks or a few months.
Find a place on Airbnb, Ecobnb
88% of Airbnb hosts use green practices. Staying at an Airbnb use less energy and water and generates less waste and greenhouse gases. Ecobnb has certain criteria for its host: use of renewable energy, organic or local food, car-free accessibility, ecological cleaning products, more than 80% of waste recycling, green building, energy-saving lights, solar thermal panels for hot water, water flow reducers, recovery and use of rainwater. This makes it easy to find sustainable housing.
Look at trustworthy eco-labels when choosing hotels
Green Key is an international eco-label that guides hotels and accommodation facilities to be more sustainable in their activities. On their map, you can find many hotels and hostels that are eco-friendly.
Challenge yourself with a 5-minute shower
People tend to use more water in hotels than they would use in their own homes. Have a competition with yourself and try to shower in less than 5 minutes, or just use water to rinse off the washing products from your body.
Choose the benefits of natural light
Natural light boosts productivity, your body’s vitamin D storage benefits your vision, helps with sleep and improves your mood. Turn off the lights when you don’t need them and let the natural light flow in through the windows.
Let the soft breeze flow in through the window
Is the air conditioner on? Turn it off if it is not necessary and cool yourself by opening the window and letting the wind blow.
Let the cleaning lady rest
Put the “do not disturb” sign on your door and refuse room maintenance. Keep your towels on the hooks so that they are not replaced too fast.
Eat with reusables
Usually, accommodation means that there will be proper dishes and cutlery. Refuse all single-use plastics and use your own reusables if necessary.