Airbnb Advice,

10th September 2019

Creating an Eco-Friendly Airbnb

According to Airbnb, 66% of guests are using the platform to seek out environmentally-friendly accommodation in the city they are visiting. As a reflection of the conscious consumption that the world is slowly acquiring, this number represents a large portion of potential customers and their values. With eco-friendly choices fast becoming a favourable aspect of travelling, reaching this niche by adapting your property can be a great way to have a positive impact on the environment, the community and your booking rates. With unique and special listings garnering the most attention on Airbnb, this is a great way to stand out from the crowd and draw in a new group of guests. 

Making green choices is relatively easy in 2019. From amenities to recycling, to transport options; all the necessary choices are available for hosts to provide an eco-friendly space for their guests to enjoy. By facilitating a stay that guests can feel good about, hosts can provide a thoughtful and memorable experience for everyone coming through the property. Travellers looking to keep their carbon footprint minimal on their journeys will always appreciate the effort you have put into helping them do so. 

Simplify and Emphasise Recycling Options

Eco-friendly Airbnbs aren’t restricted to rural homesteads or isolated camping spots. It’s entirely possible to incorporate planet caring practices within urban areas; in fact, it’s even more advisable to do so. One of the first steps in this process is to organise effective recycling and composting strategies for your guests and yourself to follow. A straightforward way to do this is to have colour-coded bins in your space with notes dictating what is allowed in each one. For example; hosts can set up a yellow bin for clean plastic and glass bottles, a white bin for paper and cardboard, and a green bin for compostable food waste. Providing these facilities, cleaned and clearly available, at the beginning of each stay will help with effective recycling and waste management. 

You can find out more about recycling in New Zealand on Recycle.co.nz.

Provide Eco-Friendly Household Products

Guests that are concerned with their impact on the environment will appreciate the provision of eco-friendly products. Chemical-free soap, washing powder, and any other toiletries you provide will demonstrate your values to anyone staying with you. If you are committed to providing a green form of accommodation, this should also spread to the cleaning products you use between guests. This way, you will ensure a consistent approach that is better for the planet and guests than other alternatives out there. 

In New Zealand, there are a number of natural alternatives to most major products on the market. The ecostore is a fantastic option for anybody looking for cleaner and safer household items. They provide a large range and are stocked in the biggest supermarket across the country, so they’re easy to find too. 

Install Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

Energy wastage is something that can easily be avoided with almost every home. One of the most effective ways to save on power is to install LED lights in place of older bulbs throughout a property. These relatively new types of lighting are much better for the environment, for your energy bill and they last much longer too.  

Supply Information About Public Transport

A lot of the time, guests will not be bringing their car when they are staying with you. This is a particularly important note if you are hosting planet-conscious travellers in a city. It’s important for hosts to recommend travel options for these types of guests. Getting around will be a primary concern for many, so providing them with information about public transport options will be appreciated. In your listing, it’s a great idea to note how far you are from transport centres and the amount of time it takes to get to major tourist destinations. Simplifying someone’s experience is something all hosts should strive to do, doing this in an eco-friendly way will make it even better. 

Ditch Single-Use Plastic, Help Your Guests do the Same

In New Zealand, supermarkets and most other stores no longer supply plastic bags. For foreign travellers, this may be something they aren’t used to or prepared for when they go shopping. To help them out and show them that you have thought about their experience, provide them with reusable shopping bags. This is an effective way of providing guests with the means to be as eco-friendly as possible. To go the extra mile, you can also treat these items as an inexpensive gift or souvenir. Providing locally-branded canvas totes is a simple and thoughtful way to leave a lasting positive impression on any individual.