Traveling, be it for business or leisure, has become a large burden on our planet’s environment due to many factors, such as the carbon emissions from our choice of transportation or the energy we use browsing the internet for our ideal accommodation. Thankfully, hoteliers have recently began to realize that many travelers would like to offset their carbon footprint while on vacation and away from home.
Once such hotelier business is the 3 star Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin. Located in the capital of Ireland and one of Europe’s favored destinations, this hotel implemented a green policy into its mission statement in 2007, a policy which it strives to continue and develop, so that is will remain a environmentally conscious ‘citizen’ that makes ‘green’ choices. The hotel’s green practices and commitments so far include the following:
- As many resources as possible are recycled (glass, plastic, paper, cardboard and cans)
- Food and organic waste is sent off for composting
- All guest rooms have low energy light fittings
- Print cartridges are refilled instead of being replaced by new ones
- Guests are encouraged guests to re-use towels
Furthermore, the Grand Canal Hotel also supports a charity in Ireland which helps people worse of than ourselves, namely the ‘Make A Wish Foundation’ which grants wishes to children (between 3 and 18 years old) who are living with life threatening illnesses. Also in 2008, and as a part of their green policy, they decided not to send Christmas cards but to support Arthritis Ireland with their ‘Light Up A Life Christmas Star Appeal’.
We should also not forget that this 3 star hotel of course provides all the services and amenities required for an enjoyable and relaxing stay in this charming city. Each of the guest rooms has a private bathroom and has been fully equipped with today’s creature comforts. The hotel can be booked via the HotelsChart website, another company which has become ‘green’ in support of the environment and our planet.