From subscribers Janet V: "Because housekeepers, usually women of color, make poverty wages and rely on tips, please encourage people to double-tip on days they refuse service. A couple of dollars makes a huge difference for them and they're often paid per room they clean. We're all part of many interdependent webs."
From Subscriber Ann-Marie N: "You can also request housekeeping to not come during your stay! Through Marriott hotel chains, you can also enroll in "green choice" through the app. This will automatically lengthen the time between cleanings and gives you bonus points!"
WHY The resources and energy required to make and ship new hardwire take a big toll on the planet. We will reduce our impact by opting for refurbished tech.
HOW The next time we need* to get a new phone, laptop, or similar hardware, let's get it refurbished/used instead of new. Here is a good place for safely doing so. *Let's make sure really need it first. Not getting anything new is always best.
GREAT IDEAS From subscribers Holly K.: "Here's another idea: Use the blank backs of envelopes to write shopping lists and put coupons in the envelope."
From Subscriber Karen S: "Cut up bar soap into several slices. Add 1-2 slices plus water into a reusable liquid soap dispenser and voila...after a short time, liquid soap! I store the extra slices in a reusable container. You can also make a back up bottle of soap that is ready to use when needed (as some soap needs more time than others to fully dissolve in the water). Enjoy!"
WHY Soap nuts are a naturally-occurring, backyard-compostable alternative to soap-based products, like detergents. We will reduce waste by considering soap nuts.
HOW We can learn more about soap nuts here. If we want to give them a try, let's try searching for them on Etsy, and filtering for shops in nearby locations. *Here's a good option if we can't find any others. Their packaging is plastic-free.
From subscribers Adrian K. and Martha W. on this tip:
Adrian: "This is stupid. If my electricity is from 100% renewables you are basically asking me to burn hydrocarbons instead.
TWW Response: Thanks for your feedback! Majority of our readers don't get their power from renewables, but will be sure to address those that do in the future
Martha: Burning candles release pollution into the air which one would wish to avoid. Really.
TWW Response: I was inspired by this article, which shares that, one to one, lighting a candle is better than a bulb. This assumes a few things, like a regular bulb is being used. I suppose I should have mentioned that using a paraffin-free candle, soy or beeswax candle would be best. I'll share that add-on in an upcoming email.