Settling into a hotel
room, we are conditioned to expect clean sheets and towels
every day. But more and more travelers are reusing linens and
following other environmentally friendly practices on the road. Are
meeting planners going green at home and away? Of the 200 planners
surveyed online in August, 64 percent said their conservation
habits are better at home than on the road, while 3 percent are
more conscientious while traveling and 33 percent said their habits
are the same all the time.
At home, 71 percent of the sample always
recycle all that their towns allow, 20 percent do so sometimes and
9 percent never do. Twenty-one percent of the sample said they also
compost, 50 percent use low-flow showerheads and other water-saving
fixtures, and 80 percent use energy-saving devices, while 12
percent are not incorporating any of those habits at their homes.
On the road, an impressive 67 percent try to recycle their paper
and bottles, and half of those surveyed make an effort to avoid
harmful materials, such as Styrofoam and plastic food
Planners don’t save much gas at home but are
willing to do so on the road. While just 4 percent of the sample
own a hybrid vehicle, 64 percent would rent one if it doesn’t cost
more, and 9 percent would rent a hybrid regardless of the cost.
Still, 27 percent would not choose to rent a hybrid vehicle.
Most planners surveyed are willing to
forgo the daily changing of sheets in their hotel rooms, while they
are more likely to ask for the towels to be changed. Just 17
percent of the respondents want their sheets changed every day,
while 40 percent want fresh towels daily and 2 percent like to have
new towels twice a day.