Green Hotels and Reclaimed Materials

Time and time again we hear hotel project managers and developers embarking on “greening” projects comment, “If only I thought of reclaimed materials before…”

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Although the project might have already been completed, it might not be too late to help you save time, money and help with your sustainable hotel initiatives. Who knows, you might still have some old furniture, carpeting, or other materials sitting in your storeroom from your recent renovation that you still need to discard.

Waste is piling up everywhere, billions of tons annually. What is worse, global waste production is expected to double by 2013. Much of that ends up in landfills with 40% coming from construction and renovation projects.

This year, PlanetReuse, like many other similar organizations, has taken a more active approach when it comes to reducing waste by focusing on reclaimed materials. Not only do they maintain a database of reclaimed and request listings, they also find the best way to make the connection whether you want materials for your green hotel project or have reclaimed materials to share.

Organizations like PlanetReuse take all the hard work out of incorporating reclaimed building material into green hotel projects around the globe. Each organization works differently, whether it be at a local or global level and has it’s own process. However, they work efficiently on your schedule, saving your green hotel both time and money, and – the planet by reducing landfill waste.

Next time you’re working on a construction or renovation project, don’t forget to discuss your reclaimed material options. You can also contact local municipalities or state for references.

Source: EcoGreenHotel

Apart from using reclaimed materials and other sustainable building considerations, water use and energy consumption are extremely important; how a hotel or lodge deals with these will, to a large extent, represent how eco-friendly the establishment is.  The growing number of eco-savvy, green travellers will very quickly notice whether gray water is recycled and whether energy-saving measures and systems are in place (e.g. solar water geysers, solar panels and solar lighting).

Water Rhapsody Mpumalanga offers water tank and rainwater tank installation, rainwater harvesting systems, grey water recycling and water-saving devices for swimming pools and toilet flush systems (see product demo ).  Our WWF Award-winning water systems can be retrofitted or built into new buildings and can be adapted to small households or large business blocks, hospitals, schools, lodges & hotels.

Water Rhapsody has incorporated Yes Solar– official distributor of German-made Solsquare solar water heating systems that are installed by Eskom-accredited solar installers (our solar geysers are eligible for Eskom solar energy rebates).  We are authorized JoJo Water Tank dealers and Atlas Plastics water tank suppliers in Mpumalanga and Limpopo Province (best water tank prices in the Lowveld!).  We are also able to supply sanitary hardware such as waterless toilets through our JoJo Tanks and Atlas Plastics dealerships.

Contact us for a free quote on a solar water geyser, water tank or rainwater/grey water system today!

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