As an Airbnb host, you’ve no doubt spent a lot of time considering how best to prepare your property for guests, to make sure it’s welcoming, clean and a comfortable ‘home away from home’.
With many people consciously looking to book eco-friendly accommodation these days, why not take the time to make your Airbnb greener for your more environmentally-aware guests?
Offering a Greener Alternative for Eco-Travellers
Airbnb is renowned for offering travellers unique and affordable accommodation alternatives to regular hotels and motels. These alternative properties can also provide a greener option for people interested in sustainable travel – travellers keen to:
- Reduce their carbon footprint
- Lower their energy and water consumption
- Choose greener transport options
- Continue environmental practices, even while on holiday or on the road
By becoming more environmentally responsible with your Airbnb, you can cater to these sustainable travellers while also doing your part for the environment. Making consistently ethical and eco-friendly choices, no matter how small, shows clients and customers that you care about people, and the planet.
Let’s look at some of the steps you can take towards making your Airbnb a more environmentally-friendly accommodation.
Choose Eco-Friendly Products for Your Airbnb
As an Airbnb host, you have an opportunity to create positive change by introducing your guests to eco-friendly household cleaning products that have less impact on the environment. There are also many environmentally-friendly and ethical beauty brands available, producing beautiful soaps, shampoos and toiletries that are natural, organic and sustainably made.
Choose eco-friendly products that are:
- Cruelty-free, without testing on animals
- Recycled packaged
- Sustainably and ethically made
These products are kinder to the environment and contribute less to carbon emissions, landfill and climate change.
Switch to Chemical-Free Cleaning Products
The main problem with many cleaning products on the market is the amount of harmful chemicals they contain, in both their ingredients and packaging. These chemicals pollute our air, oceans and rivers, contamination food sources for animals as well as the natural environment.
Products that are contained in non-biodegradable packaging take a very long time to break down, if they break down at all, further damaging the planet.
By making the change to environmentally-friendly products you’re contributing to a more positive future for the whole world. You’ll curb the amount of chemicals you’re exposed to in your home, benefitting your health with less toxins and lowering your environmental impact.
Chemical-Free Professional Cleaning for Your Airbnb
As well as providing chemical-free products for your guests to use during their stay, make sure you stick to environmentally-friendly housekeeping between visitors.
Did you know that you can have your Airbnb cleaned by professional eco-friendly cleaners?
Hiring an eco-friendly professional cleaning company to take care of your cleaning needs will provide you and your guests with peace of mind that your property has been properly cleaned, without the use of harsh toxic chemicals that are harmful to health and the environment.
Promote Your Point of Difference to Your Guests
We hope this has provided you with some useful tips to start transforming your accommodation into a green haven for your guests.
Celebrate your point of difference – let visitors know the changes the eco changes you’ve implemented for your Airbnb. Sustainable travellers will love knowing they’ve chosen greener accommodation, and other guests may feel inspired to start making changes in their own homes!
You can also download a great printable PDF poster from the Airbnb website outlining useful information on sustainable hosting for Airbnb hosts.
Author: Kerrie-Anne Chinn
Freelance Copywriter & Editor, working with ethical companies to create positive change.