Plastic bottles are big news in the UK at present. So I was wondering about creative ways to reduce the use of single use plastic in our listing.
Currently we provide two bottles of water in the fridge and extra 2litre bottles in the listing with a borehole supply.
We will stop supplying the water and provide a water flask and a reusable glass bottle of the tap water to chill in the fridge.
Any other ideas?
I have always used resuable flasks... the ones I supply are insanely insulated and so water stays cold for HOURS no matter when guests arrive. I got mine at Costco last summer for those of us lucky enough to be near a Costco. I keep a second set in my fridge if guests want a refill. Summers here are getting warmer each year, and air conditioning is a rarity in my area. Guests love them and ask where to buy them.
Other ways I reduce plastic use, biodegradable EVERYTHING, lol. I purchase compostable bin liners on Amazon - and since I do mostly one night stays, that's three bags per guest of plastic saved. I also use compostable to-go cups/lids/sleeves for my guests who wish to take their coffee/tea on the road. My space is virtually plastic free.
Hello from New Zealand Andrew
Love the Profile picture of the cow, or is it a bull?
(I've delightful Lambs at Cornwall Park, Auckland in my Profile to help promote my listing and our lovely animals we all need in our lives. We've Auckland's 175th Agricultural and Pastoral Show, as part if The Royal Easter Show this weekend and we all are missing our cows on the City hills in and around Auckland City as some shortsighted person doesn't think they need maintanence or that Colonial Heritage belongs in our city)
May I suggest you do the envirnomentally friendly deed and use Glass bottles, maybe even recyled glass and defintely Glasses not plastic to drink out of for your Guests.
We now have Soft Plastic recycling here in NZ at local supermarkets but I wish they would stop all the rubbish packaging on items in general and particluarly on Organics!
We all must do our bit for the environment and those in rural locations are more up with the environment as a rule than those in the city - I see you shifted to the Lakes District - Make friends if you haven't already with older locals who have lived there in the farming community as they have had to think outside the square more than those in the city who take rubbish collections for granted!
All the best
Plastic bottles of water amuse me - not in a good way
In the Pacific Northwest, we have the most delicious tap water that comes from protected glacier lakes in the Cascades.
Yet the majority of guests insist on bringing store-bought water in plastic bottles.
They don't believe me when I tell them our tap water is not only safe, but delicious.
I can understand travelers from 3rd world countries with poor community tap water, but these guests are American.
And then, I have to unscrew and pour out their half empty bottles that they leave. Grrr...
@Andrew I have a Brita Water Pitcher for guests. It's a way to offer filtered water without the plastic. It can also be kept in the refrigerator so they find refreshing, cool, filtered water when they open the fridge. In my case, since I live in a cooler area (beach), I have a Brita Water Pitcher that I leave out at room temperature next to the electric kettle next to cups filled with tea bags, hot chocolate, etc - and a plate of cookies!
@AndrewI have two glasss water carafes with glasses that fit inside the neck of each one, all made from recycled glass. I got them online from a site callled Ethical Superstore. I leave one for each guest in the bedroom, filled with tap water and ice if required. Loads of guests have commented on them and loved them. Think they cost about £10 each and are well worth it.
Use those empty wine bottles! Clean them out, fill them up with filtered tap and cap them off with wine corks or plastic wrap and a rubber band. It's amazing how many guests think this is "fancy". Don't drink wine - ask the local bar for the fanciest liquor bottle or the one with the coolest shape when they empty it. Reuse and upcycle!
Best answer ever!!
Sake bottles come in all manner of shapes and are perfect and a conversation piece - I acquired a beautiful blue twisted style one when attending a Sake Expo that has had all manner of comments. It catches the sun & moonlight beautifully as well.
anything that we can do to help the environment is good- my humble opinion is all hosts should be helping via using sustainable products and supporting recycling where they can- this could make airbnb a world leader in enviromental friendliness. get rid of the toxic cleaners, dry washing on the line if possible), use refillable containers for shampoos, body wash etc, ( not small plastic bottles which are enviromentaly contributing to plastic waste) use eco friendly washing powder and dishwashing detergent,I use an eco friendly cleaner called "Koh" which cleans all surfaces and is manufactured in Australia- no nasties and no smell, i also supply " who gives a crap" toilet paper ,tissues and papertowels which are made from bamboo which is forest friendly- no inks, dyes or scents. i provide refillable coffee cups. I am hoping that others may take on board and help stop the stuff that goes to landfill and be aware of our precious enviroment
i honestly think that airbnb could become a world leader in this given all the negative press re the amount of plastics in the ocean and drinking water/ fish etc contaminated by micro plastics. please think about it
I totally agree with that. How about implementing an additional category to highlight listings that meet high environmental standards (for example because they reduce the usage of plastic products up to a minimum). This would give guests who value environmental awareness, the ability to filter targeted offers with an environmentally friendly equipment in their search. On the other hand, hosts offering environment-aware listings may be labeled with a special seal - for example a green giraffe :)
If you live where the tap water is not considered good to drink (altho this bottled water craze is a bit much- people now seem to think that tap water is simply poison everywhere, yet they really have no idea where their bottled water comes from, not to mention the plastic water bottles are really unhealthy to drink out of) there are these very cool water filter containers called Berkey. They come in various sizes, and while they are pricey to start with, the filters supposedly last for years and they are actually quite attractive- stainless steel and look fine on a kitchen counter.