30-ish Ways to Go Green…

Behind the Scenes:

  • Draft an environmental policy & set of guidelines for your establishment.
  • Educate your staff and guests about “green” and why it’s important.
  • Promote your efforts on your website.
  • Measure your energy and water consumption and benchmark that.
  • Analyse your waste management and look for alternatives.
  • Get independent consultants to advise you on renewable energy: solar, photovoltaic, hydro, wind turbine, geothermal, biomass all of which exclude fossil fuels.
  • Install grey-water systems for your indigenous gardens


Be water-wise:

  • Recycling: simply separate wet and dry and have the dry sorted by the unemployed. Ask your local Rotarians or Outreach Programme to help manage.
  • Change to toxin-free cleaning products.
  • Use micro fibre cloths to reduce the amount of cleaning liquid.
  • Clean carpets with eco-friendly powders.
  • Install water-efficient shower roses and taps and dual flush toilets.
  • Set geyser thermostats to 60 deg.
  • Décor: display local artist’s work and use natural, local materials.
  • Furnishings: Use only wood that is sourced from sustainable certified forests.
  • Lighting: use energy saving CFL or LED light bulbs and make better use of daylight.
  • Fitness areas: Limit equipment to weight and resistance machines rather than electric.
  • Heating: Improve with weather-stripping and insulation - install thermostats to save energy.


Kitchen & Dining:

  • Convert to energy-efficient appliances, gas or induction cookers.
  • Buy fresh food locally and find or grow your own organically without pesticides & using natural compost rather than fertilizers. Mention this on your menus.
  • Choose Fair Trade products.
  • Choose biodegradable disposable cups, plates and boxes which don’t consume petrochemicals and clog landfills.
  • Use unbleached tea bags.


Rooms and Baths :

  • Invite guests to request towel and linen changes as required.
  • Minimize the clutter of brochures etc - one loose-leaf folder is enough.
  • Ask guests not to leave appliances on “stand by” - or install a central control system.
  • Use good quality airtight containers instead of individually wrapped beverages.
  • Place waste-separation bins in the rooms.
  • Encourage guests to change their clothes, not the thermostat.
  • Use hemp bathrobes and upholstery fabrics. (Cotton is natural, but needs toxic pesticides and chlorine.)
  • Try the new knit bed linen: quick drying, non-iron.
  • Buy soaps and amenities in bulk. Check for toxic ingredients.
  • Try poly/cotton towels (poly not green, but they dry fast.)