More and more guests are selecting accommodation that will help them care for the planet and reduce their carbon footprint. Let’s face it we all have to work together to becoming more eco-conscious citizens. Running our Airbnb’s in a more eco-friendly is a great way to start!
Airbnb launched an initiative to promote local, authentic and sustainable tourism in countries and cities across the globe. They released the results of a study which found that 88% of Airbnb hosts around the world already incorporate eco-friendly practices into hosting, such as using natural cleaning products, providing recycling bins or encouraging guests to use public transportation or providing bicycles, or even installing solar panels. Some green features are essential to offer, especially with the growing numbers of eco-minded travelers.
Your Airbnb’s Carbon Footprint
Think about how much waste your Airbnb produces from hosting in a year? What about in 10 or 20 years what will that combined waste look like? Will you have provided enough single use tolietry bottles to fill a beach in the south pacific? Hopefully not, but by putting things into perspective we can try our best to reduce un-nessisary plastics and energy while running a profitable business with our property.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on solar panels and energy saving appliances in order to attract eco-concious tourists. Here are some relatively cheap ideas that can help you create a greener space for guests. You’ll feel more responsible and your Airbnb will be more attractive to guests who also care about being eco-conscious. You’ll also get 5 stars from planet Earth! ( I had too, sorry)
Just the fact that these will save you money on your energy bill will be reason enough to change over to LED lights. They are inexpensive to buy, like $1 each and last up to 10 years a bulb, which will save you calls from guests to change the lightbulbs.
Chemical-free/Plant-Based Cleaning products
Eco-tourists appreciate green products because they are better for the planet and also can be better for people who suffer from skin conditions and allergies. The good news is that most supermarkets now stock a few ranges of eco-friendly products including surface sprays and bathroom cleaners. As you may already know, I’m in love with Method cleaning products they smell wonderful and clean tough.
Plastic? No thank you.
Provide an on tap Brita water filter or pitcher, instead of plastic water bottles. Try to forgo all plastic utensils and plates from your rental. Opt for greener solutions like sustainable wooden utensils, biodegradable plates
Just Say No to Single Use Toiletries
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Canvas Shopping Bags
Help promote the reduction of plastic bags by providing guests with these useful canvas shopping bags to use during their stay. Some hosts like to purchase locally-branded bags (with their town’s name or even have bags made with their Airbnb name) and offer them as a welcome gift. For eco-conscious guests who care about the planet, this gift will go a long way!
Set a Cap on the Linens.
I think it’s fair to leave two towels, two washcloths and a hand towel per guest for every 2 days. If they have access to a linen closet full of towels, bathrobes and bath mats. They’ll overuse and you’ll overwash, which is more soap and water right? I’ve had guests blow through every towel in the linen closet simply because it’s there! If they need more towels they can message but 99% of guests will happily use what is provided.
Creating an eco-friendly space for travelers is something that should be mentioned in the opening paragraph of your description. I also recommend listing the specific details you’ve put in place to be ‘Eco-Friendly’. What are some of the measures you have taken to make your Airbnb more green? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!
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