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'Tis The Season To Do Good at These Hotels

December 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM | by | Comments (4)

As hotel guests, there are plenty of ways for us to reduce our carbon footprint without granola getting stuck in our ass. We can reuse towels and sheets, adjust the thermostat and lights, and be easy when we run water in our rooms. That's simple, yes?

Hotels have tried to get us on the bandwagon, leaving us little signs in the rooms to remind us to think twice before requesting new towels and daily housekeeping (a win/win for them, both in becoming "green" as well as in cutting costs). But some have gone a step further, such as installing light and energy systems requiring a room key to activate. Good on 'em.

Now, with the time of year for giving now upon us, let's take a look at some kickass examples of Do Good Hotels and what it means for you during your next stay:

Global Soap Project: You know how when you stay at a hotel for one or two nights, you typically come nowhere close to using the whole bar of soap? Or, worse, housekeeping gives you a new one every day? Back in November, the Global Soap Project reached 1,000 participating hotels that donate used soap to be recycled into new bars that are sent to those in need around the world. According to GSP, more than 2.6 million bars of partially-used soap are thrown out every day in the United States. You can find a participating hotel and learn more on their website.

Westin Green Choice:Westin Properties will give you a $5 voucher for select food and beverage outlets or 500 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints at checkout for each night you decline housekeeping. They've run the numbers, and claim that one night without housekeeping can save 49 gallons of water. Seems like an easy five bucks to us -- is your room really that dirty? Those just wanting housekeeping to run a vacuum should request not to have their sheets washed and simply hang up their towels.

Kimpton Hotels Earthcare Partnerships: By mentioning "The Trust for Public Land" when calling or adding "TPL" to the rate code box, guests will receive a 15% per night discount and $10 of the daily room rate will be donated to The Trust for Public Land, an organization that helps to create parks in cities across the US. Mention "The Nature Conservancy" or put "TNC" in the rate code box, and a tree will be planted on your behalf as part of the Plant A Billion Trees Campaign. The 15% discount also applies here, and ten bucks per night will be donated back to the Nature Conservancy.

Did you recently stay somewhere with a green program that impressed you? Or, are you a hotel owner who recently launched one? Let us know about it in the comments below.

[Photos: GreenHotels.com/Flickr:pauldateh]

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