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Sustainable Hotel Ideas

Eco-consciousness is becoming a priority for many of us in our daily lives, making switches to more sustainable ways of living and shopping, and the hospitality industry is no different.

The hotel industry currently accounts for approximately 1% of global carbon emissions and this is set to increase if old practices continue. The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance estimates that hotels need to reduce their carbon emissions by 66% per room by 2030 to play their part in combating climate change.

Eco friendly hotel trends are now emerging in more and more hotels across the world. From reducing water usage to larger scale projects to reduce carbon emissions, there is plenty that any management team can do to follow in the footsteps of the latest sustainable hotel ideas and trends.

Minimizing water waste and usage

An easy place to start shifting towards more eco-friendly hotel trends is to take steps to minimize water usage and waste throughout your hotel.

While guests are entirely in control of how much water they use in their rooms, you can encourage them to consider using water more mindfully. Leave small signs or cards in bathrooms or near sinks to suggest how much water they could be saving if they only run the tap for as long as they need it or take shorter showers. You could also encourage your guests by adding some information to these signs or cards, showing them what your management team does every day to help save water.

Reduce plastic throughout your hotel

Millions of tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans every day. Reducing plastic is another simple way to help your hotel to reduce its carbon footprint and avoid adding to the global plastic waste problem. Some easy swaps are switching out your plastic straws for glass or metal ones, or changing up plastic water bottles for reusable glass ones. Not only will these simple solutions help your hotel become more environmentally friendly, but they will also give a classier feel.

Switch to wooden keycards

While on your journey to reducing plastic throughout your hotel or resort, you may realize that even your keycards are made of plastic! Consider switching to a more sustainable alternative such as our RFID Wooden Hotel Key Cards. Made using bamboo, a sustainable and incredibly durable alternative to plastic, that keeps the RFID chip safe.

What’s even better, wooden hotel keycards can be easily customized. Choose a custom shape or engrave with text or your hotel logo to create a boutique experience for your guests.

Become paperless

Technology and email are fast replacing paper receipts, bills and other documents across a range of industries. Often paper receipts can be lost or are immediately thrown away after issuing. To help reduce paper waste, consider switching your room bills and restaurant or bar receipts from paper to digital format such as email.

Using a digital document management system can also help to improve file organization and management, and make documents easily accessible to staff wherever they are stationed across your hotel or resort.

Opt for local produce

Give your guests a greater flavor of the place they are visiting, and reduce your carbon emissions at the same time by switching to local produce for food preparation.

Buying from local produce suppliers reduces the distance that your produce order has to travel, reducing emissions from transportation, as well as giving you the opportunity to support local businesses in the process.

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Reduce food waste

When considering making the switch to local produce for your food preparation, it can also be useful to review how much food each of your catering outlet wastes on a daily or weekly basis.

Some waste is unpreventable when catering for a large number of people, but understanding where unnecessary waste is occurring throughout your hotel can aid you in putting a plan in place. Helping you to become more eco-friendly and save money in the long run.

Consider biophilic design on a large scale

Looking at your hotel on a larger scale, you may notice that there are changes that you could make to the architecture and design of your buildings to make them more sustainable, and create an encompassing eco-friendly environment for your guests.

Replacing metal beams with natural materials such as dark hardwood, harnessing more natural light with considerate window placements or even creating a living plant wall to bring a burst of green into your lobby space can enhance your space.

Creating an environment for staff and guests that is more visually connected to nature may not have such a large impact on the sustainability of your hotel as a whole. But it is fast becoming one of the most popular sustainable hotel trends for its creative design and incorporation of more natural elements and plants into architecture.

Monitor your carbon emissions

Even simple steps can help to reduce your emissions, such as turning off air conditioning in unoccupied spaces, utilizing more natural light or take these eco-friendly hotel ideas to the next level and switch to renewable energy sources to power your buildings.

To keep you on track when implementing these sustainable hotel ideas, consider monitoring your carbon emissions regularly. Place updates or achievements on signs or cards throughout your hotel to encourage your guests to participate in your mission.

Join sustainable hotel trends with ID&C

More sustainable hotel ideas are evolving each day as more and more of us are becoming more environmentally conscious. Taking even just one of two of these ideas into consideration can help your hotel or resort to play its part.

At ID&C we have developed a range of eco-friendly products suitable for events, conferences, leisure facilities, hotels and more. Our RFID wooden hotel key cards are a great place to get your business started on the road to a more sustainable future. Available to customize and make them truly your own. Get in touch with us today to get started designing your wooden hotel key cards and make the first step towards becoming adpoting more sustainable hotel ideas.

Summer Camp Wristbands: Child safety ideas

Summer camps are big business in America. They’re a lifesaver for working parents and can entertain children from dusk until dawn all summer long.

Safety is paramount when dealing with child care at youth camps. And having to identify a child, their medical condition, or key details, is key to running a safe and efficient program.

Wristbands are an inexpensive way to identify the troops at kid campgrounds, youth camps, Christian camps, and summer camps. Where high volumes of children are joining you each day, wristbands provide an easy way to keep tabs on who’s under your wing. 

Let’s take a look at the options, as we share advice and ideas for running a successful and safe summer camp.

Large Summer Camps (10,000+, multi-day)

If you’re running a medium to large summer camp, you’ll want to look at our more advanced options, including cloth wristbands with a barcode or maybe even RFID technology (scroll to jump to the RFID section)

cloth loop lock wristbands

Fabric wristbands are better for large events because they offer a wide variety of security features, and can be worn securely for multiple days. ID&C’s loop lock wristband pictured above also allows for a non-tightening closure, perfect for children.

In some cases, it’s advisable to ship out the wristbands before the camp starts event, instructing the attendee to apply the wristband themselves before they approach the campgrounds.

This helps relieve pressure at the site gates, creating a safer and faster ingress.

Small Camps (less than 10,000 people)

For smaller camps or camps that run for a shorter period of time, our vinyl or Chroma wristbands are ideal. Both are durable and can be worn for a few days.

Vinyl, in particular, is durable and waterproof and can be printed with QR codes and sequential numbers to help inventory the wristbands.

Both wristband types are low cost, have a fast lead time and can be fully customized with your camp’s branding using our wristband designer.

Single day school trips or Family vacations

For short, family vacations or single day school trips, a basic wristband is perfect for peace of mind. Either a small batch of our Chroma or Tyvek wristbands are low-cost and can be pre-printed or made to write-on.

Custom printing or writing-on down details such as parents’ contact number, allergies, and hotel address onto the wristband is a simple way to safeguard your little ones during family trips.

Even plain silicone wristbands can be useful for camps looking to differentiate between groups and teams of children.

summer camp Tyvek wristbands

Customization for Summer Camp Wristbands

Now you’ve decided on a wristband type, its time to get creative!

Different customization choices and colors can help determine age groups, type of camp access, at a glance.

Choosing bold and different base colors is the first step to a good wristband system.

plain silicone bands

After this, clear details such as dates and child info should be paramount.

Finally, if there’s space, it’s great to promote your Camp’s Brand. After all, for older children, their wristband is more than their ID, it’s their memento of an amazing time and can be key to other children and families hearing about your camp.

3 ways to customize wristbands with ID&C

  1.  We do it for you! Yes, our wristband design team is on hand to create beautiful and differentiating designs. What’s more, its free of charge.
  2. You can use our custom wristband designer to create your own wristbands online. 
  3. If you’re a graphical wizard or have your own art team, you can download our design templates and send us your finished design.

More ideas

For camps offering swimming facilities or outings, by categorising wristbands into swimming levels, you can help keep children safe, and ensure they don’t go beyond their limits (for example, in a big pool or without floats) while under your care. And if you’re running night-time activities outside, why not use glow-in-the-dark wristbands for added fun and security.

If you’re looking for extra security for your youth camp, opt for an RFID or barcode wristband. This will give you the ultimate level of management and security. At the tap of the wrist, you can allow access to different areas depending on who has the wristband and prohibit entry to anyone who doesn’t have a wrist band.

Keeping track of who is where, when. You can also hold key information about medical conditions and parental contact information. And if a child was lost, when every second counts, you could pinpoint where they last used their wristband to narrow your search.

For those offering food and drinks, allergy wristbands are a useful tool in safeguarding children with allergies or dietary requirements under your care.

Our Tyvek Wristbands & Paper Wristbands are great for kids as they are lightweight, easy-to-wear, chlorine & water-resistant, easily secured and difficult to remove without breaking or showing signs of tampering.

RFID Technology

We mentioned it earlier in the post, but using RFID wristband technology can future increase security for your summer camp while delivering a plethora of additional benefits, including:

  • Tap-and-pay cashless transactions
  • Interactive gaming & competitions
  • Faster access control and multi-level access points (e.g. VIP, Staff, Crew areas)

Read more about how RFID technology can improve your event.

Get in touch

For more information on how to benefit from the use of wristbands at your next summer camp, contact us and we’ll walk you through all of the options available.

Vinyl Wristbands

Revolutionary HD Vinyl Printer Launches!

Over the past few months, ID&C have been busy investing in advanced HD printer technology and bespoke state-of-the-art software, meaning we can now officially announce the release of our new HD Vinyl Printer.

Printing on our comfortable and durable Vinyl Wristbands has traditionally been limited to single color print, but we can now offer our customers full CMYK color along with a greater range of customizable options, impeccable print quality and super-fast turnarounds!

Vinyl Wristbands

New print features include:

  • Full CMYK color & white HD printing
  • Enhanced color prints & improved detailing
  • Ability to print photographic imagery
  • Barcoding, QR codes, serialization & variable data
  • Waterproof, scratch proof, flexible & durable material
  • Produced in-house for faster production times
  • Single color and full color options available

See our printer in action

Free sample packs

Free Sample packs for our new full color vinyl wristbands are now available. Please request here and we’ll post some out to you.

Alternatively, get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable sales team to find out more about our new printing services or to request a quote.

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