A lot of businesses and individuals have not gone green simply because they assume it’s too much work or they just don’t know where to start.
There are so many ways to go green and so my ways it benefits the earth, yet people often forget to explain how much of an impact it can have on the world if everyone practiced a lifestyle that is environmentally safe at the same time.
According to this article by USA Today, if everyone recycled, “Landfills would shrink tremendously and the recycling industry could add billions of dollars to the global economy.”
The same article then said, “In one day, if everyone in America recycled just one plastic bottle, those materials could make more than 54 million t-shirts or about 6.5 million fleece jackets.”
Those are pretty powerful words if they’re true.
Many inns have already gone green, but it’s for the reasons mentioned above that all of them should follow suit.
Guests who stay in B&Bs are looking for a special experience and they pay close attention to those running things so they can leave an honest review when it’s all said and done.
Going green is something that will stand out to your guests as they will realize you genuinely care about the environment… whereas large hotels don’t think twice about going green, or simply can’t because they’re too big.
You can easily lead by example by doing simple things to go green:
Go paperless and email receipts instead of printing them out
Make natural cleaning products to keep harsh chemicals out of the air
Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs
Put a water filter on your faucet and stop purchasing bottled water
Remind guests to turn off lights when not in use
Add plants indoors; they will absorb air pollution
Make a compost garden
Use cloth napkins instead of paper
As you can see, there are many, many ways to go green. They’re all affordable and they all pay off over time.
Your B&B will feel clean and natural and your guests will love the effort you’re making for the environment. It’s a win-win!