Please read about our eco-friendly service we provide already:
help us to reduce, reuse, recycle!
People who consider
themselves very "environmentally aware" take special care to at
least conserve water and energy, and to recycle. But when they
travel, many of these same people either leave their
environmentalism at home or figure they just have to put up with
extreme waste in hotels. It doesn't have to be that way. I challenge
you to take your environmental action on the road with you, and to
not accept hotel waste anymore.
It's getting easier to support
environmental practices when you travel, but not all hotels haven't
caught on or are not up-to-speed yet. Be sure to first look for
"green" hotels for your lodging options. Participate in any "green
practices", like towel and sheet reuse programs, recycling, and
energy conservation (turning your lights and TV off when you aren't
in the room), that the hotel offers. Be as conserving on the road as
you are at home.
numerous names for green lodging, including green hotels, ecolodges,
and sustainable tourism (conserving both the environment and the
culture or social aspects of an area, having a low impact on both).
The best place to start your green hotel research is online,
starting with the website
Environmentally Friendly Hotels,
and then using the search engines, where the best term to use is
"environmentally friendly hotels". Don't let the various terms
confuse you or put you off, because people have different focuses in
their environmental actions, and the name often reflects the focus
of each specific hotel. The bottom line is the same, though: these
properties are interested in preserving their environment, both
social and natural.
Green Seal, an
organization that certifies the environmental practices of a variety
of businesses, conducted a survey a few years ago and found an
average 150-room hotel consumes in one week as much as 100 4-person
households do in one year. That's a lot of consumption and waste!
Some of the reasons that go into the increased consumption are:
* houses are "off" during the night and sometimes during
large portions of the day while hotels are "on" 24/7, with lights,
climate control, etc.
* people in households are aware of the cost of rampant water
and energy use, so do some self-monitoring and conserving, while
people often don't worry so much about resource consumption when
they are at hotels
* soap, shampoo, lotion, and food items can be reused by the
family until they are consumed, while hotels have a one-use policy
(for which you are grateful)
* houses often are sized to fit the number of regular
inhabitants while hotels are sized to fit more than the number of
regular inhabitants, causing unused space to be built and
The problem with hotels' approaches to resource consumption is that
thinking tends to go no further than "today". While guests (like
you) are being pampered or taken care of, precious, non-renewable
resources are being consumed at an alarming rate. That consumption
not only impacts the quality of the air you breathe and the water
you drink today, it also takes resources from the future. What does
that mean for the future of our children?
Our Thanks to Kit
Cassingham for this very well written statement about
Hotels/Motels and our part in an environmental friendlier future!
Mohawk Motel Canada - Management
335 Sauble Street, Hwy 17
P.O. Box 429
Massey, Ontario P0P 1P0