Survey: Green habits bite the dust at hotel door


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Most people check environmentally responsible behavior at the door when they check into a hotel, according to a survey released Saturday by Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Most of those polled said they are less likely to conserve water and electricity while they’re away from home. More than 6-in-10 said they were using more because they knew it would be free.

Nearly 70 percent of respondents said they open a new mini-bottle of shampoo each time they shower at a hotel, and 63 percent said they were more likely to leave the lights on at a hotel than at home.

Three out of four hotel guests believe it is important to have their sheets and towels changed each day .

ELEMENT Hotels, a new extended-stay brand from the White Plains-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., commissioned research firm STUDYLOGIC to conduct the telephone survey from May 30 to June 5. The poll of 1,041 randomly selected adults who said they stay at hotels at least three times a year.

has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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