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Enjoying the cozy hotel services is definitely a pleasant
when travelling; put down the heavy baggage and enjoy a nice sleep
after a warm bath; this will surely ease the tiredness of a long
To make customers feel at home, most of the hotels or hostels are
well equipped with disposable slippers, throwaway toothbrush, comb
and shower cap with delicate packaging, as well as 24-hour air-conditioning
and hot water supply. Even towels and bed sheets are replaced every
day so as to provide customers with the most comfortable and thoughtful
Many tourists like to make full use of all room facilities and resources,
which are already included in hotel fees, to prevent from suffering
losses. It is common that people turn on all the lights in room,
set air conditioner to a low temperature, turn TV on while sleeping,
keep water running while cleaning up, bath in the tub, and so forth.
According to Greening the Lodging Industry programme, which launched
by Green Seal in U.S. some years ago, the consumption of hotel supplies
products in one week is more than what one hundred U.S. households
consumed in a year. A survey also reported daily water used by the
hotels in Taiwan reached 902 liters, which is three times of the
average water consumption of Taiwan people. Also only in the hotels
of Beijing, over 100,000 packs of disposal toothbrush and razor
are used in a day.
To utilize earth resources effectively, and to reduce carbon footprint
during travelling, besides choosing low carbon transportation tools
(see previous article),
you can also start by changing accommodation habits, such as bringing
your own toiletries to avoid using disposable products; informing
the hotel staff that no need to change towels and bed sheets daily
if staying in the same room for consecutive days to reduce the use
of water and cleanser; bath in shower instead of in tub to conserve
water resource; make good use of bed lamps, which consume less electricity;
adjust air-conditioner to appropriate temperature to save energy.
In fact, Green Hotel is not something new. Early in 2004, Beijing
Olympic Committee has launched Hotel
Service Environmental Guidelines (Chinese Only) for the industry.
In Taiwan, some hotels have designed environmental protection travelling
package years ago. Customers are encouraged to reserve hotel rooms
on-line in exchange for discounts; they agree to bring take public
transportation tools, use their own toiletries, do not to replace
towels daily, and so forth. Buffet breakfast or non-limited hours
of bicycle renting will be rewarded to the customers who support
such environmental protection actions.
Hong Kong also has green model in the industry, such as Hotel Nikko
Hong Kong of FoE (HK) Earth Partner. They put efforts in strengthening
employee awareness on environmental protection, and received Green
Globe Recognition Award from the World Travel & Tourism Council
Covering 83 countries and established in 1992, the global
environmental certification Green
Globe Certification, developed 248 environmental indicators
for the industry to implement Green Hotel. Measures on energy saving,
electricity saving, water conservation, sewage volume, waste disposal
methods, environmental product proportion of total procurement and
other eco-friendly manners will be evaluated.
Itˇ¦s predicted that there will be 10,000 Green Hotels
in China by 2010. Itˇ¦s a global trend that the hotel industry is
going ˇ§Greenˇ¨ and ˇ§Low-carbonˇ¨. Donˇ¦t forget to bring your own toiletries
on your next trip and choose ˇ§Green Hotelˇ¨ for accommodation in
order to avoid wasting resources, and reducing carbon emissions.
Bring your own toiletries to avoid wasting
resources, and reducing carbon emissions.
Don't waste electicity and other valuable resources when we go aboard.