Education and communication play a vital role in the growth of sustainable tourism. They allow people to make informed decisions, take considered actions and understand how their decisions and actions make an impact, positively or negatively.
38% Threats to local wildlife and natural habitats.
30% Overcrowding popular sights or destinations.
29% CO2 emissions.
Accommodation providers are you ready to make that change today?
The easiest way to avoid the plastic straw is to simply not offer them or provide stainless steel, glass or paper straws which decompose naturally. With the phase out of Single Use Plastic launched in the Maldives on the 1st June, this is a no brainer!
2. Remove plastic water bottles!
Offer glass water bottles in the rooms and at meal times. Long term consider an osmosis water filter system but in the interim refill the guest room water bottles daily from larger water containers. This is a cost saving in itself as removes the need to purchase multiple single-use water bottles.
Provide guests with a central point where they can refill reusable water bottles, this again reduces the need for smaller bottles. You could even provide your own branded reusable bottles/flasks and sell to guests.
4. Rethink your bathroom amenities.
Stop using tiny liquid soap, shampoo and body wash bottles. Replace with larger refillable dispensers or non plastic containers. If you offer your guests soap, shower caps, cotton buds. combs etc ensure these are not made of or wrapped in plastic. Bamboo and wood items are now far more readily available.
5. Consider your tea and coffee options.
Nearly every hotel offers free coffee and tea stations in rooms and generally they, together with milk cartons, are provided in small plastic packages. To avoid this consider using other storage methods for loose coffee and provide milk in a jug upon request. Perhaps have a centrally located tea/coffee station where guests can fill a flask with coffee or tea to take to their room.
6. Avoid the single use refreshing towel.
A more personalized option is to offer small washable cold face towels to your guest when they arrive. You also can easily fragrance the towels by adding natural oils to the water when soaking the towels before rolling them up and placing them in the fridge. Not only does this help the environment but it will reduce your costs.
7. Opt for biodegradable environmentally friendly products in sustainable packaging.
8. Encourage guests to reduce the use of electricity.
By following or adopting these simple and effective points you will not only reduce your impact on the environment but over time you will also decrease your costs. Guests will spread the word about your efforts and you will start to stand out from the crowd.