We encourage travellers to stay at “green” guesthouses, where available. Green hotels demonstrate in a coherent and credible way that the environmental impact of the hotel’s operations is minimized, including aspects of waste management, cleaning services, sustainable food options, energy efficiency measures, resources consumption and local transport.
According with wikipedia, these hotels have to be certified green by an independent third-party (like Greentourism Ecological Association) or by the national authority.
A green accommodation must usually meet the following sustainability and responsibility criteria:
– Dependence on the natural environment
– Proven contribution to conservation
– Provision of environmental training programs
– Incorporation of cultural considerations
– Provision of an economic return to the local community
Green hotels follow strict green guidelines to ensure that their guests are staying in a safe, non-toxic and energy-efficient accommodation. Here are some basic characteristics of a green hotel:
– Housekeeping uses non-toxic cleaning agents and laundry detergent
– 100% organic cotton sheets, towels and mattresses
– Non-smoking environment
– Renewable energy sources like solar or wind energy
– Bulk organic soap and amenities instead of individual packages to reduce waste
– Guest room and hotel lobby recycling bins
– Towel and sheet re-use (guests can tell housekeeping to leave these slightly used items to reduce water consumption)
– Energy-efficient lighting
– On-site transportation with green vehicles
– Serve organic and local-grown food
– Non-disposable dishes
– Offers a fresh-air exchange system
– Grey-water recycling, which is the reuse of kitchen, bath and laundry water for garden and landscaping
– Newspaper recycling program
According with Greentourism Ecological Association, green accommodation means the completion of Progressive Green Labeling System (PGL System).