8. Support zero mile food shopping
A sizable portion of your guests’ plastic footprint will likely stem from their food shopping. You can help to limit this waste by providing the essentials, such as oil, salt, and pepper.
It’s often difficult to avoid plastic waste entirely when shopping in large supermarkets. So, send your guests to smaller, independent grocery stores (bonus if the shop already has a zero waste section!). Provide visitors with containers and bags which they can use to fill up on the staples they need.
If you have a vegetable patch and green fingers, you could even grow your own produce and invite guests to help themselves. That really is zero mile food shopping!
9. Make recycling single use plastic the easy option
Unfortunately, some plastic waste might remain unavoidable for now. Until we change our systems of production to remove our dependence on plastic, the best we can do is to reduce as much as possible, and ensure that we properly recycle.
You can help your guests to do this by clearly labelling recycling bins to illustrate the proper way to separate plastic recycling. Recycling processes differ between local areas, so make sure to include a section in your house manual or digital guidebook which explains the recycling guidance in your neighbourhood.
See the benefits unfold for your short-term rental business
Reducing plastic in short-term rentals doesn’t just benefit the planet, it also benefits your business. As you reduce your dependence on single-use plastic, you’ll start to see:
- wider marketing opportunities as increasing numbers of travellers opt for eco-friendly accommodation
- fewer costs associated with repeatedly buying single-use plastic products
- the continued health of the oceans and landscapes which attract so many visitors
And that doesn’t have to be all! The more sustainability action you take, the more business advantages you’ll see. From saving money on your energy bills, to welcoming back more repeat guests, the possibilities are endless.
Discover the advantages of sustainability for your vacation rental with EnviroRental