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Sustainability in hospitality has officially evolved from a buzzword to a fundamental commitment that shapes the very fabric of our industry. If you’re not jumping on the bandwagon, we’re afraid you’ll get left behind – no matter how glitzy and Gen Z-friendly your hotel might be.

As we witness an increasing consciousness about environmental impact, the hospitality sector is stepping up its game to adopt eco-friendly efforts. So, what are the sustainable practices in the hospitality industry?

In this article, we delve into the various dimensions of sustainability initiatives within the industry, shedding light on how Rambla is leading the charge along with many others.

The Evolution of Sustainability in the Hospitality Sector

We’ll say it: Sustainability is no longer an option but a necessity. Hospitality businesses worldwide are recognising the pivotal role they play in minimising their ecological footprint. Climate change and subsequent eco-friendly lifestyles are now front of mind for millennial and Gen Z travellers, and organisations like the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance are making waves with global eco initiatives. This evolution goes beyond token gestures, aiming for holistic integration of sustainable practices.

Research conducted by the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance shows that the hotel industry currently accounts for around 1% of the world’s carbon emissions, a number which is only set to increase – unless we act now. 

On a more positive note, and according to a recent study by Torrens University, a lot of the world’s major hotels have set ambitious targets for achieving net zero in line with the Paris Agreement. Think Accor, Hyatt, Marriott, and Hilton, to name a few big players. And if these hospitality giants can set their sights on a greener future, the rest are bound to follow. Everybody loves a trend, right?

Rambla Perry House sustainability facilities

Eco-friendly Building and Design in Hospitality

In the realm of hospitality, the journey towards sustainability often begins with the very structures that host guests. For Rambla, this involves more than just physical aesthetics. 

Our commitment extends to eco-friendly building materials and facilities like:

  • Solar panels and solar-powered common areas;
  • On-site water tanks;
  • Carbon monoxide detectors; 
  • Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations;
  • Rooftop composting at select locations;
  • Fully-equipped kitchens to foster easy at-home cooking, meaning less takeaway and single-use plastics;
  • Community herb gardens and fruit trees at select locations;
  • TV casting by NevayaOne to reduce extra top box devices and plastics;
  • Digital check-in to eliminate key card waste;
  • Recycle toilet paper courtesy of Who Gives A Crap, and
  • Sustainable and eco-friendly bathroom amenities by Vanity Group.

Water and Energy Conservation Efforts

Another major component of sustainability in hospitality is water and energy conservation. At Rambla, our commitment is evident in the solar-powered common areas, reducing dependency on traditional energy sources. Water tanks optimise water usage, a critical step in preserving this precious resource.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Every small action counts in the fight against waste. Rambla is at the forefront with a digital check-in system that not only streamlines the guest experience but also significantly reduces plastic usage. Our choice of amenities, including the use of Who Gives A Crap toilet paper, underscores our dedication to minimising environmental impact.

Eco-friendly Amenities in Hospitality

Sustainable practices extend to the very amenities that enhance guest experience. Rambla's toiletries by Vanity Group are not just about luxury; they reflect a commitment to sourcing products that are kind to the environment. By choosing eco-friendly amenities, we ensure that indulgence does not come at the cost of the planet.

Key Components of Sustainable Practices in Hospitality

The journey towards sustainability in hospitality is multifaceted. It involves not just isolated initiatives but a comprehensive approach that encompasses every aspect of operations. 

Key components include embracing renewable energy sources, implementing smart water and energy practices, adopting waste reduction strategies, and ensuring that even the smallest details, like guest amenities, align with eco-friendly values.

Rambla Solarino House rooftop garden

Go Green With Us

We can’t float by with vague ‘greenwashing’ anymore (although, to be fair, when was this ever a viable option?). Instead, it’s imperative to adopt current trends and leverage the opportunity that sustainability presents us. 

In doing so, we can become industry leaders for younger, fresher, more eco-incentivised travellers who happen to have extremely large voices in the digital and online stratosphere. Not that we do this just for the money, of course.

At Rambla, however, sustainability is not a mere trend; it's ingrained in our ethos. From day dot, we understood the importance of resonating with an eco-conscious crowd. We recognised the opportunities that being a sustainable accommodation brand could allow us, and we’re so glad we’ve decided to capitalise on this venture – for profit and for the planet.

As we navigate the evolving landscape of the hospitality industry, we remain committed to pioneering sustainable practices that redefine the guest experience. Because for us, true hospitality doesn’t just welcome guests; it welcomes a greener, more sustainable future.

Keen to learn more about some easy eco efforts? Check out our latest blog post to discover all the best eco-friendly travel tips and tricks.


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