General Criteria for Eco-hotels

The hotel industry is beginning to standardize its evaluation criteria for what constitutes eco-hotels. Next time you are traveling for business or pleasure, check out whether the hotel is enacting business practices that:

  1. stems allergens
  2. use alternative or renewable energy sources
  3. conserve energy
  4. maintain appliances
  5. apply a newspaper recycling program
  6. manage composting
  7. provide bulk soap items and amenities
  8. supply organic cotton towels and sheets
  9. employ guest towel and sheet re-use programs
  10. donate furniture or other over-used property materials to charity
  11. use non-disposable and durable service items
  12. offer organically-grown, locally harvested food
  13. educate guests about the hotel’s green practices and green membership programs
  14. educate hotel staff about the importance of green business practices
  15. use gentle cleaning and laundry supplies
  16. supply fresh air to guests
  17. use gray water recycling programs
  18. provide guestroom recycling bins
  19. employ non-smoking policies
  20. provide alternative guest transportation programs
  21. use xeric gardening methods

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