Reducing environmental impact has become imperative for all individuals, households and companies. There are many steps that hotels can take to increase their eco-friendliness. Bokashi Bran® outlines 10 of the most important of these steps.
10 Hotel Waste Reduction Tips
We have dedicated many of our blogs to address some of the ways in which homeowners and businesses can reduce their impact on the environment. Here, we focus on the efforts that hotels should make across all areas of their operations, from the accommodation to the kitchens.
1. Save Water
This is perhaps the most important step. Water is a precious resource and a hotel can overuse it all too easily. To cut back on water usage, try installing toilet tank fill diverters, low-flow taps and showerheads, and use washing machines with low water requirements.
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2. Plant a Garden
Even a small garden can help a hotel offset its carbon footprint. You can even use it to supply fresh, organic vegetables and herbs for your restaurant. Reduce your footprint even further by using your kitchen waste to fertilise your garden (see point 10).
3. Install Energy-Saving Technologies
It appears that much of the environmental impact of hotels comes from excessive consumption, including the overuse of electricity. By installing energy-saving light fixtures and bulbs, and appliances, you can create a significant energy saving.
4.Support Local, Sustainable Businesses
Your environmental impact depends not only on your business and operational practices, but on those of your suppliers too. Purchase environmentally friendly products, buy locally and, where possible, choose environmentally-conscious suppliers in your local area.
5. Use Alternative Energy Sources
Alternative energy sources are becoming increasingly viable and affordable. Wherever possible, change over to solar power or other sustainable sources.
6. Extend the Life of Linens
Purchasing new linen can be quite expensive and also have a considerable impact on the environment. Reduce both of these costs by employing laundry and maintenances practices that keep your costs low.
7. Start Composting
Composting your food waste rather than throwing it out will reduce your environmental costs significantly. You can also use the compost to fertilise your own garden, creating even more financial and environmental savings.
8. Encourage Guests To Embrace Your Green Practices
Make it easy for guests to support your saving efforts. Put notices up in rooms asking guests to turn out lights or reuse towels wherever possible. Place recycling bins in easily accessible locations throughout the hotel. Create a little bit of fanfare around your green programs, while reducing the effort of participating in them, and guests will be likely to do their part.
Hotels cannot really help the massive amount of waste they produce: from uneaten food to the mountains of plastic that come from single-use bathroom products and individually wrapped accessories. The solution is to recycle everything as far as this is possible. You can even recycle or repurpose your old linens.
10. Use a Bokashi Bran® System in the Kitchen
Aid your food waste reduction by using a Bokashi Bran® system in your kitchen. The system processes all kinds of organic kitchen waste, recycling it into compost that you can use to fertilise your garden. Our commercial kitchen systems process up to 700kg of food waste per hour.
Make Bokashi Bran a part of your strategy to reduce our environmental impact
If you are serious about reducing your kitchen waste and need a convenient and effective system to help you do so, make a Bokashi Bran® food waste system an important part of your solution. Contact us for more information or to place an order.