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When choosing a designer or supplier, ensure they have the expertise and proven track record in sourcing sustainable materials and products and that they are committed to minimising their environmental impact. Establish a responsible purchasing strategy Ensure suppliers operate their businesses in a sustainable way, conserving natural resources and efficiently using energy, water and materials.

It explains why an increasing number of responsible hotels, including Hilton Hotels’ Waldorf Astoria in New York, are instructing their staff to shut blinds and close curtains when rooms are vacant.

Criteria to consider: Choosing the right window coverings can provide warmth in winter and keep the heat out in summer, cutting energy costs.

A hotel’s interior style should also blend with the local environment: “Hospitality facilities are often located in fragile environments and can be built with little or no consideration for the beauty and integrity of their surroundings, whether from the environmental or socio-cultural perspective,” says Hawkins.

“The resulting effects can be highly visible and undermine the environmental quality of the destination.” The good news is that the choice of good quality, stylish and low-impact products is greater than ever, with everything from 100% recycled glass tiles and counter tops to hemp rugs and organic carpet tiles, vinyl-free Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified ground-paper-pulp wallpaper, designer stools made from scrap metal and lamps created out of salvaged timber.

Hotel operators and owners will often employ the services of a specialist interior design and/or FF&E procurement company to manage an interior design project from start to finish.

International interior architectural design company Wilson Associates, for example, creates interiors for hotel groups worldwide, including Four Seasons, Hilton and Fairmont, offering a full range of design services, from space planning to furniture installation.

Top tips There are a huge choice of “green” bathroom products on the market these days, from eco-friendly towels made of organic cotton or bamboo to recycled-plastic shower curtains and shower tiles created from 100% recycled glass.

Monarch Bath, Bed & Spa, for example, has designed towels and bathrobes that are more absorbent and quicker drying, consuming 30% less water and 10%-20% less energy in the laundry process.

Always engage your suppliers in your environmental and social priorities. Buy locally if possible Source artwork, furniture, textiles, etc., from your neighbouring environs, then widen your search in stages to county/state, country and continent if necessary.

Local sourcing reduces carbon emissions caused by long-distance transportation and supports the local economy. Consider a product’s true cost To be truly sustainable, product longevity and suitability must be balanced with sustainable materials and sourcing.

Proximity Hotel, US The first hotel to achieve the US Green Building Council’s highest Platinum LEED rating, Proximity Hotel in North Carolina, built and operated by Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels, has many sustainable design features including low-emitting VOC paints, adhesives and carpets, and custom-designed furniture, original artwork and shelving made of walnut Sky Blend (particleboard made from 100% post-industrial recycled wood pulp with no added formaldehyde) in guestrooms.