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7 Ways for Your Leisure or Tourism Business to Go Green in 2024

February 2, 2024

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Elevate your leisure or tourism business in 2024. Discover 7 green initiatives, from recycling to eco-friendly products.

The leisure and tourism industry holds tremendous potential for promoting sustainable practices and environmental responsibility. In 2024, as eco-conscious consumers become more and more selective, it’s crucial for businesses to adopt sustainable and responsible practices.

In this blog post, we’ll explore seven impactful ways for your leisure or tourism business to go green and contribute to a more sustainable future.

1. Monitor paper usage

Initiate a comprehensive paper recycling scheme within your leisure or tourism establishment. Encourage the use of recycled paper and ensure that recycling bins are strategically placed around your hotel, holiday park, or B&B. By minimising paper waste, you not only contribute to forest conservation but also reduce the energy required for paper production. Additionally, if you’re concerned about the disposal of confidential documents, Coastal Recycling provides secure and efficient confidential shredding services. This ensures that sensitive information is handled responsibly, promoting a sustainable approach to both paper usage and waste management within your leisure or tourism business.

2. Reduce business waste

Examine your business processes to identify opportunities for waste reduction. Implement measures such as bulk purchasing to minimise packaging waste and educate staff on responsible resource usage. Consider introducing circular economy principles, encouraging the repair and reuse of items within your business operations. By actively reducing waste, your business can not only cut costs but also contribute significantly to environmental conservation. We recommend conducting a waste audit. Coastal Recycling can arrange to visit your premises to review your recycling and waste options and look for potential cost savings.

3. Make recycling accessible

Expand your recycling efforts beyond paper to include glass, cardboard, plastic, food and green waste. Ensure that recycling bins are clearly marked and easily accessible throughout your premises. Responsibly process the waste generated by your leisure or tourism business with the addition of specialised wheelie bins, offered by Coastal Recycling. These specialised bins not only facilitate the convenient and organised collection of recyclables but also ensure that your business contributes significantly to a circular economy while reinforcing a strong commitment to sustainable waste management.

4. Implement a composting scheme

Composting is an effective way to divert organic waste from landfills. Set up food waste bins in areas like kitchens and dining spaces to collect food scraps and other compostable materials. The resulting compost can be used to enrich the soil in your outdoor spaces. This practice not only reduces the environmental impact of your business but also provides an opportunity to create nutrient-rich compost. The resulting compost can be used to enrich the soil in your outdoor spaces, promoting healthier plant growth. Alternatively, Coastal Recycling can collect your food and garden waste for onward recycling.

5. Choose environmentally friendly products

In addition to choosing environmentally friendly products for everyday use, it is equally important to extend this commitment to the packaging materials employed by your leisure or tourism business. Consider utilising eco-friendly packaging options such as recyclable, compostable, or reusable materials. Packaging plays a crucial role in minimising the overall environmental footprint of your hotel. Choose minimalistic and sustainable packaging designs that prioritise reducing waste and promoting recycling. Clearly communicate your eco-conscious choices to raise awareness among your customers and encourage them to make environmentally responsible choices as well. This holistic approach towards sustainable practices not only aligns with current consumer expectations but also positions your business as a responsible and environmentally conscious entity within the industry.

6. Opt for reusable packaging

Minimise environmental impact in your leisure or tourism business by opting for reusable alternatives and eco-friendly packaging for takeaway items and print materials in accommodation. Consider innovative options like plant-based packaging. Encourage customers to bring their containers and incentivise sustainable packaging choices, fostering a culture of reusability. In accommodation, reduce paper usage by choosing responsibly sourced or recycled materials and exploring digital alternatives for information dissemination.

7. Explore initiatives to reduce food waste

Addressing food waste is paramount for leisure or tourism businesses with dining services. Implement strategies like accurate portioning, food donation programs, and collaborations with local farms for composting. Additionally, incorporating thoughtful menu planning that emphasises seasonal, locally sourced ingredients can further reduce waste and carbon footprint. By aligning your culinary offerings with sustainable practices, your business not only contributes to environmental conservation but also enhances the overall dining experience for your guests. You may get a few other hints and tips on our blog: Sustainable Solutions for Hotels and Restaurants: Cutting Waste for Good

In a world where sustainability is a key consideration, adopting green practices is not just a choice but a necessity for leisure and tourism businesses. By incorporating these ten eco-friendly initiatives, your business can play a vital role in creating a more sustainable and responsible industry for future generations.

Partnering with Coastal Recycling

When it comes to managing your waste sustainably, Coastal Recycling is the ideal partner for your leisure or tourism business. With a commitment to recycling over 90% of the waste we receive, we transform discarded materials into something new, contributing to a circular economy.

With over 30 years of experience in the leisure and tourism sector in Devon, we understand the unique needs of businesses in this industry. Our bespoke services cater to your seasonal requirements, ensuring that your waste management aligns seamlessly with your business operations. Contact us today for a quote or a waste audit and take a significant step towards a greener, more sustainable future.

Elevate your leisure or tourism business in 2024 with 7 green initiatives.