Sustainable travel has been on the rise for quite some time now, which means that if you want to bring environmentally savvy travellers to your short-term rental, you'll need to make it eco-friendly. This isn’t as simple as placing a few plants in a corner on a windowsill, but it’s also not as complicated or stressful as you might think.
So if you’re hoping to attract the eco-friendly guest to your Airbnb or rental, we’ve got a few simple tips that will make your short-term rental or Airbnb a must-stay for green-conscience travellers!
Plants! Plants! Plants!
No-brainer here: if you want to make your rental green, just add some green. We’ve spoken about how plants are good for travellers that may need a space to work, but the part that could seem a little intimidating is deciding what kinds of plants are best for your space.
Find plants that don’t need constant care because guests don’t want to walk into your rental and find a note asking you to water the plants. Succulents are a good option, and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and, more importantly, only need to be watered when the soil is dried up. Snake plants, which NASA has actually found to be air-purifying, are also a good option as they only need to be watered every two or three weeks and release oxygen at night.
Light It Up With LED
There seems to be no disadvantages to using LED lights to light up your short-term rental. They’re good for the environment, inexpensive, have a longer lifespan (you do not want a call from a guest asking where the lightbulbs are if they burn out!), and can save you money on your electricity bill.
Say “No” To Disposable
By now we should all know that single-use plastic bottles are just the worst. Encourage your guests to drink filtered water by having a pitcher and an on tap Britta water filter easily ready. In fact, get rid of anything that is wasteful and replace them with enviornmentally-positive options.
Ditch any plastic utensils and disposable plates and replace them with sustainable wooden utensils and plates that are biodegradable. While plastic bags are slowly becoming a thing of the past, another good idea is to keep a healthy amount of canvas bags around for your guests to take with them when they go shopping. Also, leave some cloth towels around instead of paper towels to help significantly cut down on waste. Oh and no disposable straws -- that one’s just a rule you should implement in your daily life!
Make Recycling Simple
This one is really not complicated. Make recycling simple and place easy-to-identify recycling bins in your space. Make it really easy for your guests to know where paper and cardboard should go by colour-coding the bins appropriately. Another thing you should do is set up a compost bin for any food waste they might be throwing out.
Clearly indicating what kind of waste should go where is easy enough and will go a long way with your guests, but also make sure you let them know where they need to empty these bins outside so they don’t start overflowing (also just for the sake of the smell).
These are just some of the really simple things you can do to make your Airbnb or short-term rental more appealing to not only the environmental traveller, but to any potential guest. Some other really simple things you can do are offer advice on public transportation near your listing, get eco-friendly toiletries for the bathroom, and offer storage containers for food. Follow these simple tips and you’ll have a very green (and very enticing) listing ready for your guests!