Greening Your Travel

shutterstock_35836597Do not use maid service. Maids use water, energy and chemicals to clean your room. They use power to vacuum your carpet, water to wash your sheets and towels and various chemicals to clean your bathroom and dust the furniture. In many hotels, you can call and request no maid service. In addition, place your “do not disturb” sign outside the door so the maid will remember not to enter your room. If you want maid service, but would rather they did not change your sheets and towels every day, make the request and reinforce the request by remembering to make your bed and hang up your towel every day.

Water is a finite resource and in addition to affecting people, our water use affects the environment. In addition, we use energy to heat hot water. Take a 5 to 10 minute shower uses less water than a bath. Take a birdbath, turn the water on to get wet, then turn it off, lather up and turn the water back on to rinse the soap away. Also, during warm weather, take a colder shower in the middle of the day when it is warmer to use less hot water.

In many hotels, the heat and air conditioning is within your control. During warm weather, keep the air-conditioner on low, turning it off when you leave the hotel room. In cold weather, turn the heat down when you either leave the room or sleep.

Bring your own toiletries. The hotel packaging for those little bottles of shampoo, conditioner and mouthwash uses plastic. Do your part to reduce the demand for these products by using your own toiletries and leaving their toiletries untouched.

Find out if your hotel recycles. If they do not, try to find an environmentally friendly way to dispose of your recyclable waste. Alternatives can include taking your recyclable waste with you and disposing of it responsibly when you get someplace where recycling is available.

Another way to  reduce  environmental impact while traveling is by using an environmentally friendly transportation companies like Limo Livery. 

In the shadows of the devastating economic and environmental impact of last year’s oil disaster in the Gulf Coast, Limousine Livery, and in addition to being a member of Limousine Environmental Action Partnership (LEAP), will be converting 20 Lincoln Town Cars to propane autogas, a clean-burning, American-made fuel that lowers greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs simultaneously. So, by choosing Limo Livery, you are choosing an environmentally responsible leg of your travel.