Are so-called eco-conscious hotels really as green as they make out? Of course, I’m a sceptical, cynical journalist – but I don’t think it all adds up. In this column for The Daily Telegraph I discuss some of the irregularities in the hotel industry.
I regularly stay in excess of 100 hotels a year and I’m often incensed by how many of them flaunt the idea of being eco-friendly, when in reality they demonstrate that “green” is little more than a trendy buzzword used to bulk out the bedside literature.
Furthermore, you’re not convincing me that gargantuan hotel chains that persuade their guests to use towels and bed sheets more than once are doing this for anything more than a money saving exercise. Especially when in the very same bedroom you’re confronted with a minibar boasting bottles of mineral water sourced from the French Alps and chocolate bars pumped full of palm oil. Not to mention the tonnes of single use shampoos that are shipped by airfreight to every corner of their network before then being ploughed into landfill.
You can read the full column here.
July 23, 2019