It’s that time again - another spotlight from the Host Advisory Board and this month we’re talking to @Anna1403 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Several of you have seen Anna around the Community Center and it’s apt that her piece comes today on Earth Day 2021, as her focus as an Advisory Board member is on Sustainability.
Check out the latest Resource Center article here which details what the Host Advisory Board has been doing around sustainability as well as Anna’s fascinating hosting journey.
Let’s use this thread to say hello to Anna and discuss sustainability! As always, please be respectful and constructive with your comments.
@Clara116 and @Anna1403 I was going to suggest or ask if they were pickled eggs. In the late 1960's early 1970's there was a large contigent of Australian sailors training to be Submariners in the UK and they enjoyed eating them after the pub visit. Many tales are still told today about the pickled eggs.
Anna, I am glad you have taken on this subject of sustainability which I try to apply to my life. I think by living and grown up on farms, by the beach, in the bush (forests) and cities you really know about the nature and nurture.
However, it is interesting how people around the world are trying to make a change to our environment from a small amount around their homes, communities to larger amounts, through councils, co-operations and a small part from governments (more talk than actions).
My enjoyment is listening and seeing bird life and animals found in our local area. I had wriiten on @Omar0 page when he introduced himself and I mentioned that I have a small worm farm as part of my sustainability for our cottage.
My garden is my other interest which I put the worm castings and juice on to enrich the soil in my garden. Lastly I found a nest under the ferns in the garden, on my first day of bird watching there was no eggs but a little bit of grey fluff, next day there was 2 liitle bits of movement.
On the third day there were 3 pairs of little eyes looking out. The mother bird came chirping as a decoy, identified after checking bird book as a Yellow Breasted Robin. I didn't check the nest for a couple of days and the nest was empty. Checking the book it says they fall out of the nest on the 13th day get there wings and fly off, hence missing there escape.
The Yellow a Robin has returned to the garden maybe another nest. I have shown some of the children guests the old nest and tell them the story of find and watching the nest, even the photo of the fluff in the nest.
Anna I am looking forward to this page with interest and ther hosts ideas, suggestions with a positive outlook to our small contribution with sustainability.
@Laurelle3 what a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing! Exactly capturing how I also live my life now - taking the time to stop and watch nature, it is utterly heartwarming and just beautiful! And yes, pickled eggs are often found famously on the bars of British pubs to enjoy with a pint and a cob! (a type of sandwich!)
@Laurelle3 thanks for your lovely interesting post about the Yellow Breasted Robins. I'll bet the children are eager to search and post watch for possible any baby birds but even better would be showing them your Worms! Kids love worms, my husband, organic gardener/composter/worm daddy has them and processes much Black Gold for our organic garden and the community garden in our downtown area.
My small part is growing loofahs/luffa sponges in the garden and sharing those with family/friends and many guests.....also seeds. and I do make some soap with loofah sponge inside, perfect for these days of super hand washing.
all the best to you and yours,
@Clara116 thanks for the mention of loofas, I had to look up on the internet could they be grown in my community and yes they can. Our local garden show tells you how to grow and prepare them. They also showed how to add soap which would make a gift for guests and friends for christmas. I have missed the planting season for this year. Great idea thank you
Yes @Laurelle3 they demand a great amount of sunshine but are a delight to grow, harvest and give away and even sell. You'll love growing them I promise. Just not close to other veggies, as they will choke them out and take over.....I use large containers and a trellis to grow mine and have experimented with many methods.
Enjoy and happy planting
Thank you for the introduction. This is such a lovely reminder of the heart and soul of Airbnb and why I loved my first experience with the platform when I traveled to Paris. I hope Airbnb is listening to host representatives like you on what it will take for us to get back to our roots. ❤️
Love this! As travelers we know the carbon footprint we can leave is huge. We try to minimize the impact on our Northern Colorado community as much as we can by using biodegradable soaps and cleaners, providing bar soap rather as an option to liquid soap, and having the whole home powered by solar through our local rural electric association. In the kitchen we have reusable shopping bags on hand, extra towels and rags to reduce paper towel use,refillable growlers for visits to the local breweries, filtered water to minimize plastic bottles, and lots of insulated coffee cups to take that cup of joe to go! Additionally, we are in the process of replacing much of the grass in some areas with bee friendly clover, planted extensive pollinator gardens and never use herbicides or pesticides. We are trying to do our part and are happy to know Airbnb will be supporting hosts with sustainability!
@Jan-and-Mike0 so wonderful to hear what you are doing in Colorado (an incredible place I have to add!!) Your rural electric association sounds just brilliant - we are too trying to set you a community owned renewable energy project here using predominately wave power. And your point about the grass is wonderful too - we have ‘no mow May’ here in the U.K. now - the idea is to leave your lawn for the whole month and let the wild flowers grow to help the wildlife!
Greetings all! I already have a sustainable space...a fragrance free ("Share The Air"bnb), pesticide and herbicide free... but wish Airbnb would support us making these commitments with discounts on green cleaning and household supplies, disinfectants, signage and badges that support and highlight our commitments to this cause. I have reached out before with no response...and hope we can create a real partnership or cooperative with Airbnb on this. Thank you!
I've had my home "Green" since day 1 because I've been an environmentalist for years.
I have lots of palm oil free, sustainability-produced supplies that I use ( Cleancult is one), and other resources for being eco-friendly. My yard service says their fertilizers are animal-friendly, but that's my next project.
A smart thermostat is required. The one I use, Ecobee, is great for managing the carbon footprint. I can manage everything remotely, and our lights are on smart switches as is the porch light which can be turned off/on remotely.
I use a wall dispenser for shampoo, etc., biodegradable bags...Green Paper Products has all eco-friendly, biodegradable and compostable cutlery , paper towels, etc. The list goes on.
I don't provide bottled water, Keurig pods nor those small, Hotel-sized, plastic container toiletries.
I've been working on this for quite a while. The UK does very well with eco-friendly products.
*"Airbnb should join the Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency group that I've also joined.
I'll include their "About Us" statement. If Airbnb is serious about fighting Climate change, and encouraging Hosts to join this initiative then Airbnb needs to join. It's free, by the way, and geared toward the Tourism industry:
Tourism Declares supports tourism businesses, organisations and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking action to reduce their carbon emissions.
A checkbox is needed for Environmental Friendly Products. For many years we have provided Wool Dryer Balls, Mineral Balls (washing machine), reusable Swedish Dishcloths, fabric shopping bags, mesh vege/fruit bags and before COVID, only ecological cleaning products. It is easy to change over to environmentally friendly products!
We started building a new lake and 35-person lodge on the lake 5 years ago with the objective of sustainability and energy use a big factor. We designed the pitch and direction of our lodge roof to maximize the production of our solar panels and added a battery system to allow emergency power in case of power outage plus reverse feed back into the grid to save on power consumption. The lodge is basically a steel and concrete storm shelter with a heavily insulated wall and roof. We collect water from the roof and it goes to an underground water storage tank as well as our lake. Building durable, low maintenance facilities has really paid off over the last four years. Steel, concrete, solar panels, batteries etc are all made from fossil fuels so its the perfect blend of using our natural resources combined with the sun’s powerful contribution. We are placing solar panels on our new cabins to feed back into the grid and reduce our electrical bill. At the same time, our new secluded campgrounds and campsites are all designed to enhance and support our wildlife population which is growing daily. We have found ways to eliminate habitat destruction and improve the health of our bird, bee, deer, turkey, bobcat, armadillo, possum, raccoon, coyote population and our flower, tree and vegetation so that our guests can enjoy mother nature in a balanced ranch retreat environment.