2018 has seen a rise in environmentally friendly trends in the hospitality industry, especially in bars and cafes. From banning plastic straws to charges on disposable cups, the last 12 months have already seen a boom in eco products and services. But here’s what we think 2019 has in store…
1. Waste reduction
Single-use plastics already are seeing bans in countries and cities across the world, but there are more dramatic steps being taken by companies and independent venues too. Campaigns such as ‘Waste Not’ have gained a following on social media, sharing solutions to single-use plastics such as pasta straws, discounts on reusable cups and less food waste are being encouraged.
2. Less electric use
Hotels are playing a key role in reducing energy bills with new tech. Automatic light and heating stop higher bills for accommodation while using less energy! New technology tracks when people leave rooms and turns off the heating and lights for them.
3. Sustainability at your favourite cocktail bar
According to Forbes, 88% of bartenders have found sustainable solutions and options to make their bar more environmentally friendly. We could be seeing more edible garnishes and room-temperature drinks to reduce energy bills, electric use and food waste. Some bars have even added beehives to their venues, for locally sourced honey and pollination even in the busiest cities!
4. Links with public transport
Ideal for hotels, using ticketing apps to make local transport easier to navigate or discounts for trains, trams and buses will encourage people to stay with you. It encourages people to use more affordable and eco options for getting around a city or area.
5. Ethically sourced ingredients
Many companies are agreeing to be more transparent about where they source their ingredients. From FairTrade to anti-slavery to organic farming, consumers will be able to put their money where their mouth is and have more sustainable hospitality industries. Hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes can all get involved with eco-friendly products and services as well as promote them to a new audience.
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