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The Environmental Impact of Hotels: The Future is Green [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that by leaving the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your hotel door you will help save over 6,000 gallons of water? That’s the amount of water used by the average 150-room hotel in a month.

Staying in a hotel is usually a treat, and often expensive, so when people book a room they want to make sure they get their money’s worth. This means long, hot showers; clean, crisp linen changed daily and temperature controlled at the touch of a button. All wonderful little nuances that make a stay so luxurious, for some.

But what about the waste?

The environmental impact from staying in hotels is quite astounding.

The infographic below shows that hotels contribute 60 million tons of CO2 emissions annually due to wasteful practices and oblivious guests. Yet, if all the hotels in the US were to go green, reducing their emissions by just 10%, it would be the same as planting 1.1 million acres of pine trees.

hotels environmental impact

The hotel industry is starting to change their practices, led strongly by demand from consumers. People are asking more about green credentials, what practices are in place and what hotels are doing to minimize their impact on the environment. But it’s not just up to the hotels. It’s up to consumers, too. To show your support for a change in practices in hotels, not just in the US, but anywhere, question hotel’s housekeeping practices.

What have you done to make your hotel stays greener? Share with us in the comments section below.


  1. My preference is to stay in small hotel rooms as they don’t need as much energy to heat / cool. It is a crying shame that many budget hotels don’r capitalise on their low carbon and water footprints. Why is it that only large hotels market eco credentials?

    • Hi John,
      I guess a lot of the larger hotels have a larger budget. And because they’re bigger they feel they need to rationalise their carbon footprint… which isn’t a bad thing, eh?

  2. Hi Linda
    Really thrilled to have come across your website! Excellent articles with real teeth to them. Such a change!!
    Amanda from Green Getaways Australia

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  6. delfina mannucci says

    Hello! Im doing my University thesis and this information really helps me. This infographic was done by Verdemode or you took it from other site? Im asking so I can put the quote correctly on the bibliography. Thanks!

    • Hi Delfina,

      If you look at the bottom of the inforgraphic, you can see it was put together by and their sources are listed at the bottom too. BUT the visual is 9 years old so well out of date. I would add that in your thesis.


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