Generally we try to keep modules to 30 minutes or less, but the beauty is that you can dip in and out as required and it saves your progress. So if you only have 10 minutes today, you can still get started and finish at your own pace.
Continuous learning is good for us all, you never know when the information you learn here today could serve you well in the future. Our practical approach means that we always equip you with useful tools and insight that you can implement straight away. Maybe it inspires you to set up a green team at work if you don’t have one already, all of these things are great experiences for your career.
Of course, all of our courses come with completion certificates. These are great not only to demonstrate you have taken the course, but they serve as evidence for external auditors that may ask about staff training in sustainability and waste management.
Many of our courses are free of charge. Access to our hygiene and plastic reduction course is valued at €59 but we are so concerned about the impacts of single-use plastic because of COVID-19 that we have made this available FREE of charge.
Yes, the course content will remain active in your course library and you can go back to it any time to refresh your memory
All the products listed on our site contain information on the materials they are made of, the impacts associated with their production and use and instructions on responsible disposal.
To feature on our site we insist that our suppliers tell us about their environmental and ethical working practices before we agree to feature their products on the GreenerGuest site. The level of sustainability will also depend on which product you are replacing and how you will dispose of it at the end of its life.
Small, independent businesses are denoted with (icon) and we have made it clear where they are based so that you can choose to support local suppliers where products are relevant for your business. Where relevant we also tell the story of how your purchase supports livelihoods.
Traditional plastics are petroleum based, whereas compostable plastic (also known as bioplastic or PLA) is made from plants (usually corn starch, sugar beet, sugarcane or bagasse).
Plant-based plastics look and feel like traditional petroleum-based plastics, however their production is much less energy intensive, potentially saving up to two thirds of that required for traditional plastics.
However, PLA plastics require industrial processing to break down into compost, a facility most hotels don’t have access to meaning plant based plastics have almost the same impact in general waste as traditional plastics (i.e. taking many, many decades to break down) and they will contaminate plastics recycling if disposed of incorrectly.
Everything has an impact and which is best for you will depend on many factors like cost, practicalities and recycling or other facilities wherever you are based.
Aluminium and glass are extremely resource intensive to produce and must be infinitely reused or recycled to compensate for this. If you don’t have decent recycling or reuse facilities accessible, these are not a good choice.
Aluminium is a very lightweight material so has a lower carbon footprint when transported, but aluminium cans are often not returned to the supplier for reuse in the same way as glass, therefore correct separation and recycling is essential.
Paper is often more resource intensive to produce than single-use plastic but unlike plastic, it breaks down naturally if it finds its way into natural environments.
Paper is often bleached which uses significant amounts of chemicals, if using paper products try to stick with more natural colours
If you opt to stick with single-use plastic products, aim for PET products, which are most easily recycled and be sure to separate these correctly. If you don’t have plastics recycling facilities locally, this is not a good choice for you.
Greener Guest’s sustainability policy includes information on our ways of working, how we expect to work with suppliers, health and safety in the work place, bribery and corruption, payments, gifts and hospitality, political donations and due diligence and risks. You can find the policy here.
Ideally, home compostable products would be disposed of in one of two ways, either on your own compost heap if you have one, or they can be disposed of with food waste IF food waste is specifically collected and destined for compost.
Avoid disposing of home compostable products with food waste that is destined for landfill as they will simply decompose and release methane, a greenhouse gas that is more powerful than CO2.
If in doubt, check with your waste collection service about how to dispose of home compostable products.
Greener Guest predominantly features alternatives to single-use plastic products that are used in the accommodation and hospitality sector. We are very keen to hear from suppliers of reusable products as our ultimate aim is to help businesses to reduce overall consumption. However, we are also keen to hear from suppliers who produce single-use items from other materials (for example sustainably sourced paper, wood, straw).
- The products they sell truly help businesses to reduce waste.
- They are aware of where and how the raw materials for their products are sourced.
- They make every effort to reduce packaging waste.
- They are clear on how products should be responsibly disposed of after use.
- They don’t use ambiguous marketing terminology to promote their products.
- They pay fair wages to staff and fair prices to suppliers within their own value chain.
- They ensure good working conditions for direct employees.
- They have taken every possible step to ensure good working conditions for indirect employees.
- They encourage diversity and pride themselves on being an inclusive employer.
- They always strive to deliver customer service.
We know that it’s very likely you’ll continue to innovate and create new products and of course we’d love to feature them. Whenever you upload new products, we will be automatically notified and will carry out the same evaluation before accepting them or not. To ensure this process is as smooth as possible, please provide detailed information.