The Salthouse : An Eco-Friendly Approach
‘Towels in the bath, or towels on the rail?’. This is the question that will have greeted most of us in a hotel bathroom and we’re told that our decision affects the environment. Here our editor discusses with Salthouse GM Diogo Abreu, why a hotel must be eco-friendly:
I open our chat with flippancy & generalisation, by stating that surely most hotel guests (I know I do) chuck their used towels in the bath…..well, because we can! “We are as environmentally friendly as we possibly can be” retorts Diogo and whilst agreeing that the majority of guests’ towels do end up getting changed daily, Diogo insists that “there is a duty to try to raise awareness”. This is mainly portrayed via the little signs that are placed in bathrooms by most hoteliers, seeking our help with the aforementioned quandary. A huge financial cost to hotels is indeed laundry, but the amiable GM speedily adds the assurance that despite the financial cost, it really is the duty to be ecologically friendly that is at the fore.
Recycling is another area where the hotel can tick the EF approach and staff are at pains to ensure that plastic, card, bottles and the like are all sent on their way in the correct fashion. Solar panels on the roof add to the managements’ desire to do all that is possible to – in Diogo’s words “preserve our planet for future generations”.
A quirky but nonetheless eco-positive addition in to the mix, is the hotel’s new wine list cover! Diogo is proud of his influence behind the innovation and explains. “It’s not every day that you see recyclable wine lists” enthuses the GM “and certainly not ones made from recycled corks!” The hotel is adding to its recycled paper stock, by launching a black, matt cork wine list cover to afford entry to its vast menu of carefully thought out reds, rosés & whites.
We finish with me questioning Diogo regarding the difference between the decisions over how eco-friendly a business actually needs to be, versus how much it needs to be seen to be doing? Diogo’s sharpness swings back in “if we are not eco-friendly, how can we guarantee a great future for our kids?” Say no more. It’s not all about business, it’s about responsibility.