What is green sourcing?
Green procurement involves:
1 – understanding the environmental impact of the entire life cycle of products, looking at where products come from, what they are made of and what happens to them once they have been used; and
2 – comparing results and selecting the most suitable ones for your hotel from an environmental, operational and cost impact perspective.
What are the main benefits of green sourcing?
A common misconception is that green procurement is expensive, however, green sourcing can play a leading role in waste reduction and contribute to better managed resources and efficiency, including cost reductions. In addition, most guests expect hotels to act responsibly and to look after the environment. According to an Accor study, sustainable development is not only a familiar concept for guests, but that they were ready to continue their eco-conscious lifestyle while being on holiday.
While it may take an entire organisation to implement a green purchasing program, it only takes a few dedicated individuals to start making the right choices at hotel level. Here are some best practice top tips to consider.
When it comes to choosing products, third party certifications can provide valuable guidance on the sustainability of a product. A third-party certification is a voluntary label given to products that meet specific environmental standards. Note that these third-party certifications can be provided by different bodies – government agencies, environmental groups or stakeholders in the company, so it is important to look for well-respected and recognised third-party certifications. Some examples include:
We produce hundreds of millions of tons of plastic each year, most of which are single use plastics. Following the waste hierarchy, best practice is to avoid producing waste altogether. To reduce waste at your hotel, consider offering single use amenities, such as shower caps and slippers on request to guest. If that is not possible, favour products that minimise waste ending up in landfill. These can include attributes such as reusable/refillable, recyclable, bulk size containers, non-virgin materials, biodegradable and compostable. To find out more about how you can reduce single use plastics at your hotel, click here for Travel Without Plastic’s ‘Let’s Reduce Single-Use Guide’.
When looking for energy efficient appliances, look out for the energy ratings label and consider the size of the appliance that you require. In general, energy ratings are categorised by the product’s size. This means that two differently sized appliances with the same energy rating might use different amounts of electricity.
To summarise, green sourcing does not only increase profit-margins by eliminating or reworking certain expenses, but it is also in the interest of our planet. A planet which we all rely on in order to produce our goods for the long term.