- Return the plastic key cards to the front desk. No, personal information is not stored on them unless it's a resort that allows you to charge things to your card. In that case, return them to the front desk and request that they are wiped clean.
- Reuse your linens. Do you wash your towel at home after every use or clean you sheets after sleeping in them once? Then don't do this at hotels either!
- Only eat take what you can eat from the breakfast buffets. Eat with your mouth and not your eyes!
- Don't turn on the water full-blast. If the hotel does not use low-flow faucets and showerheads, put in a suggestion asking them to do so.
- Turn off the lights in the room when you leave. This one always makes me think of my dad!
- Unplug anything that is not in use to save on phantom energy.
- Put up the "Do Not Disturb" sign to allow housekeeping to skip your room and save on resources.
- Take a short shower.
- Ask about recycling bins. Even if the hotel doesn't have them easily accessible, if you take them to the desk, many times old papers can be recycled.
- Keep your old toiletries. Hotels must (by law) throw away shampoo bottles and soap with the safety seals broken. Take them home and get the rest of your use out of them.
If everyone practiced green travel, we would save so many resources. Please feel free to add your own in the comments!
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