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Monday, February 7th, 2011

Eco Friendly Lodging

Overall, the travel industry takes a toll on the environment. From the pollution caused by jets and automobiles to the massive amounts of energy consumed by large hotels, travel leaves a big imprint on our environment. As more attention is paid to the importance of reducing our carbon imprint, more eco-friendly lodging choices are appearing throughout the country.

What Is Eco-Friendly Lodging?

Eco-friendly lodging is, quite simply, lodging which employs environmentally friendly practices to help promote sustainable energy in the travel and tourism industry. The hospitality industry in the United States spends over $3.7 billion on energy yearly. With some simple changes, such as the use of energy-efficient appliances and lighting, eco-friendly lodging significantly reduces energy consumption.

Green hotels and motels employ extensive recycling practices, ensuring that as much as possible is reused. Oftentimes, eco-friendly lodging choices recycle as much as 80 percent of their waste. With such a significant amount of recycling going on at eco-friendly lodging, it’s no surprise that the waste at these facilities is substantially reduced.

Eco-friendly lodging options also save plentiful amounts of water daily, thanks to water-saving fixtures on sinks, tubs, showers and toilets. Oftentimes, green hotels use 25 to 30 percent less water than their standard counterparts. For complete listings of eco-friendly lodging choices all across the U.S., use our search feature here at EcoTripper.


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