Hotels for Trees is a non-profit foundation that plants a tree every time a guest chooses to skip their daily housekeeping service. This reduces hotel operating costs, and the corresponding savings are passed on to planting trees, all of which makes the planet greener.
Since first collaborating in 2021, Mews has donated a total of 3,150 trees (some of which were planted in person by Mews employees), while over 22,000 trees have already been planted by Mews properties through the scheme.
“The popularity of Hotels for Trees speaks to the public’s desire for more sustainable travel, and we’re proud of what we’ve already achieved together,” said Matthijs Welle, Mews CEO. “This new integration will make it even easier for hotel staff to manage the scheme and for guests to engage with it, which is a win for everyone, as well as the environment.”
The new Hotels for Trees integration is available via Mews Marketplace and can be added to properties with just a couple of clicks. Although the integration has only been available for two months, it has already saved a cumulative 135 hours across the 21 pilot properties.
“By building this integration, Mews has proven that they’re truly invested in greener hospitality,” said Floris Licht, Chief Tree Planting Officer for Hotels for Trees. “This will make properties even more operationally efficient while providing a valuable service to the planet.”
Here’s how it works. During the online check-in journey, guests are given an option to skip cleaning through Hotel for Trees. If guests check-in at the property and then decide to skip housekeeping, it is also easy for the hotel staff to update this in Mews Operations, simply by selecting ‘Skip housekeeping’ for that guest.
The Mews app shows the housekeeping team which rooms have requested to skip cleaning, and if a room has a skip cleaning hanger on the door handle, this can be updated in the app with a few taps.
“The Hotels for Trees integration makes everything smoother and easier to manage, especially for the housekeeping team who can handle things via the app,” said Silvia Danila Moggia, Owner of Oasi Hotel, who have been using the integration. “We reduced laundry and cleaning products costs, and our team have more time to clean other rooms and common areas. Even as a small boutique hotel, we were able to plant 622 trees in seven months, something we’re very proud of.”