As travelers, we can all help make normal hotels become more of a green hotel while we are there. Concerned guests should fill out comment cards and survey forms. Tell the hotels to use safer cleaning products. Tell them to change out light bulbs and to recycle
Kingman, AZ (PRWEB) December 4, 2007
In order to help travelers find the places that are taking positive actions, one step at a time, AllStays.com is now rating lodging properties on their level of green practices at http://www.allstays.com/green-hotels/green-ratings.htm . The green hotels directory has over 3700 places worldwide. "Hotels are massive consumers of water and producers of waste. They wash towels unnecessarily and put millions of tiny plastic bottles into landfills.And they may not conserve as well as they should. Most hotels would actually save money by going a bit more green. If you look at top water users in many cities, such as Las Vegas, hotels will be high up on the lists along with golf courses and schools. That is just one of twenty-four aspects we are looking at to rate and to put a symbol with each hotel," says Adam Longfellow of AllStays.com.
Other categories in the green hotel ratings include the type of dispensers they use for soaps and shampoos, cleaning products, being friendly to those who have allergies or are intolerant to perfumes, eco-friendly food or organic being served, composting for gardens, alternative energy, reducing disposable items, recycling bins, smoke free rooms, fresh air access, education for staff and guests, water and energy conservation. If a guest can keep their towels and sheets for a three night stay, they save 66% of the hotel's laundry emissions. A traveler may be on vacation but the cost to the Earth for their behavior is the same as it is at home.
"As travelers, we can all help make normal hotels become more of a green hotel while we are there. Concerned guests should fill out comment cards and survey forms. Tell the hotels to use safer cleaning products. Tell them to change out light bulbs and to recycle," adds Adam Longfellow.
Many hotels, even ones that are not trying to be green, give you the option of re-using your bedding while at a hotel for a few nights. It may be done by putting a note card out in your room or leaving towels and linens in a particular manner. Hang them up to use them again or toss on the floor if you want them to be bathed in harsh chemicals.
Just like individuals at home, hotels can save money by replacing regular heat producing light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. This saves on utility bills and maintenance costs since they rarely have to be replaced. Green hotel practices can and are being implemented at all levels from motels to bed and breakfasts to high end hotels.
"Hotels are not going green overnight but if consumers are given the choice and are able to support those that take small steps, every little bit helps. Our green guide is free for both travelers to use and for hotels to list their activities. More awareness means more will benefit. We list thousands of places all over the world that are doing something. They may not be where everyone needs them yet but it's worth a moment to check first, wherever you are going."
AllStays.com, online since 2000 and based in Arizona (US), lists all kinds of lodging, from bed & breakfasts to yoga retreats and luxury hotels, from primitive campgrounds to motels, haunted hotels and spa resorts. AllStays also links directly to official websites to make sure you have the real scoop on the latest and most accurate information from around the world.
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