Tourism and best practices in cleaning
Guest room and bathroom cleaning is a major source of chemical consumption within accommodation establishments, and a significant source of water consumption. Chemical use can be minimised through:
Regular staff training on chemical handling is very important, from a health and safety and environmental perspective. Selection and green procurement of less environmentally harmful cleaning agents, such as those that have been awarded an ISO Type-I ecolabel (e.g. EU Flower, Nordic Swan), can significantly reduce the environmental impact of cleaning. Meanwhile, Gössling et al. (2011) estimate that room cleaning consumes 12 – 47 L/guest-night of water.
Efficient cleaning techniques use less than half the water and chemicals of inefficient techniques. For example:
This section of the online educational tool aims to provide an introduction to the best environmental management practices in cleaning in order to decrease used chemicals and water and negative environmental impact.