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Green Travel Tips: Part 5

November 1, 2010
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In this edition of Vacation Roost’s Green Travel Tips we’re going to talk about lodging. We’ve covered when you leave, flying green, and now we’re focusing on staying green. Besides the swathe of green hotels that are popping up everywhere there are ways to make your stay in any place more eco-friendly.

Green Travel Tips: Part 5

1. Pass on the paper – If your lodging has a complimentary daily paper and you’re not the newspaper kind of person then pass on it. Let the front desk know you don’t need a copy of the paper. If one shows up anyway then set it someplace that someone who might need or want it can have access to it. Alternatively if the lodging has a recycling program you can make sure that the paper gets properly disposed of. This also goes for what ever you use in your room.

2. Use everything you open – If you use the individual amenities supplied by the lodging (soap, shampoo, etc.) and don’t use all of it during your stay then take it with you. Once you get home use the remainder of your amenities and then recycle the packaging properly. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “waste not, want not”—well this applies to lodging amenities as too.

3. Unplug – Are there appliances in your lodging that you aren’t going to be using? If so, then unplug them. That coffee maker sitting quietly in the corner is still drawing current when not in use so unplug it when not in use or leave it unplugged the whole time if you’re not the coffee type. That goes for the TV, radio, ipod dock, etc. If you’re not going to use it, unplug it.

4. Play with their electronics – Many lodgings have a checkout system that works with their TVs and entertainment systems. If this is an option, then view your bill and check out using the TV instead of wasting paper on a bill. Though, if you followed number four then you might have to plug it back in first, but feel free to unplug it again before you leave.

5. Use your own – Instead of using the disposable cups in the room use your own water bottle. This also goes with the amenities. If possible, bring your own soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc., and leave the tiny bottles in their place. The less you use, the less they have to replace, and the less has to be produced.

Whew, that was quite the little journey down lodging green lane. Next time we’ll be covering a few more things to think about when leaving your house and some other smart tips from the staff here at Vacation Roost. As always, if you have any tips of your own, please put them in the comments so we can add them to a special readers’ tips post.

Thanks for reading, and happy vacationing!

Green Travel Tips Part 1

Green Travel Tips Part 2

Green Travel Tips Part 3

Green Travel Tips Part 4

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