‘Evidently, the hotel sector puts increased pressure on the environment and is demanding on the natural resources. However, the industry also relies on the same natural environment – unspoilt landscapes, sandy beaches, turquoise waters, glaciers, waterfalls, coral reefs and fresh air; all of which serve as great tourist attractions’ – University of South Wales
Sustainability is a critical issue worldwide; one which the hospitality industry must respond to in order to flourish in years to come. Although every business contributes to global warming in one way or another, mass amounts of energy, water supplies and food make the hotel sector one of the more damaging industries. A more sustainable approach is needed so that natural ecosystems can carry on providing viable resources in the future.
Bournemouth is a city that prides itself on having the cleanest beach in the UK, thanks to volunteers that involve themselves in the yearly litter clean up. Set in a Victorian villa, The Green House Hotel is situated not far from this seafront and hold the award of being the number one boutique eco-hotel in the world’
The hotel is one of the few which hold sustainability at the core of their philosophy; incorporating a green approach to every service it provides, even with the actual building itself. The company use solar power from sun to help heat their water and generate electricity on site by using a combined heat and power unit.
Bedrooms are furnished with bespoke eco made beds and rugs made from 100% locally sourced wool. All pieces of wooden furniture have been manufactured in the UK – reducing global emissions and made from trees that have naturally fallen from storms or have already been cut down by tree surgeons. The walls are even decorated with wallpaper that has been made using eco-friendly vegetable inks and paint. Not only are all these features designed to aid the environment, its rustic and authentic vibe give it its unique selling point to customers. The hotel’s aim for customers is to prove that sustainability doesn’t mean lack of luxury but in fact the opposite.
Sustainable Waste Management
Waste management is a pressing problem within restaurants, especially in mass catering establishments. It is estimated that food waste is the biggest contributor to carbon emissions, with a whole third of food ending up in landfills. The Green House Hotel minimizes waste by recycling products and giving them new leases of life, for example reusing oil waste from the kitchen and turning it into bio fuel to power the company car. Leftover coffee beans are composted on the community vegetable patch, and milk is delivered in re-fillable bottles.
The Green House Hotel supports the growth of small family businesses and with a focus on ethically sourced products, the menu consists of fresh, local and (where possible) organic food.
Where can we go from here?
Renovating all hotels to become kind for the planet will be a lengthy process that will not be achieved overnight. It does, however, need to be in the forefront of business owners’ minds, with small steps that can be taken to reach the ultimate goal.
Although international chains such as the Hilton and Marriott produce regular sustainability reports and are making it their mission to decrease their environmental impact, more drastic measures still could be implemented in order to reach green targets. This could perhaps set a positive example and lead the way for future hotels; eventually transforming the industry as a whole.
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