We all want to go green but where do we start? Change begins with you and me, and what we buy every day makes the difference. Eco-friendly products are better for us, our guests and the planet. The more we buy green, the faster the market will respond, innovate and bring prices down.
We are here to help you "go green" which will give you a competitive advantage in attracting enlightened visitors to your hotel, lodge or guest house. There is an explosive interest in eco-tourism and guests are seeking environmentally responsible destinations.
Green procurement means choosing products and services that have the lowest negative impact on the environment. We need to assess the impact of a product throughout its life - from cradle to grave. This means knowing the origin and sustainability of raw materials, the impact during the manufacturing process, toxins, packaging, transportation methods, storage, the effect on the environment when using a product and, finally, the method of disposal.
Finding green products and understanding what makes them green is a bit of a mission - so we've made it simple for you.
To try and protect you from suppliers guilty of green-washing we have researched the international criteria for eco-friendly products and designed a comprehensive, but user-friendly questionnaire. Not all the products here will be equally green; some may have international certification (e.g. EMAS and ISO 14001) others will meet the basic required criteria, but all will contribute to the protection of ourselves, our guests and the planet.
We are still taking baby steps and need to hear from you. Please help us develop Greenstuff into a reliable database of green products and services for the South African hospitality industry. Let us know what you need. Let us know if you find any new green products and tell people about us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenstuff is a division of Hotelstuff which is a directory of everything you need to run your establishment. Greenstuff identifies and lists individual green, eco friendly products and services supplied by companies listed on the parent website of Hotelstuff. Both are free services with no middle-man.