International Vacations Get Greener

New eco-travel in UK and Canada


If you like seeing new places but can’t stand the waste involved with the luxuries that come with your hotel—the excess linens, the not-so-earth-friendly toiletries, for example—now there’s an easier way to find yourself a green place to stay.

On Wednesday, popular global-travel site TripAdvisor launched its GreenLeaders program in Canada and Europe to help travelers plan more environmentally friendly adventures, the Wall Street Journal reports. GreenLeaders launched in the United States last year.

Hotels and B&Bs that engage in green practices, such as linen and towel reuse, recycling and composting, and use of solar panels, can apply to be added to the GreenLeaders list for tree-hugging travelers to check out. The greener the hotel, the higher it appears on the list. The list will also include comments from travelers (though we hope they won’t be anything like the super-reviewers we’ve been seeing on the company’s Chinese version of the site).

“Travelers want to be ‘green’ and contribute to the conservation and preservation of the environment,” said Denise Naguib, vice president of sustainability and supplier diversity for Marriott International. “This tool will help [our customers] easily plan and book their next eco-friendly trip.”