Like a bizarro version of Epicurean Hedonism, living a sustainable lifestyle comes with nearly endless choices and calculations for different activities, like travel.
The greenest way to stay in another city would probably be to pitch a tent in a public park, but the police probably won’t approve of that. Luckily, there are two other options common: stay in a hotel, or use Airbnb.
According to Grist, the room-sharing service recently ran a study (in partnership with Cleantech Group), concluding that travelers who stay at its properties in North America use less energy than guests staying in hotels. Sixty-three percent less, to be precise, enough to light 19,000 homes for one year.
The renters also conserved the equivalent of 270 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water, and avoided 33,000 cars worth of greenhouse gas emissions. Not bad.
Of course, it’s not always a good idea to trust a study commissioned by the organization being studied, but if nothing else the results show that more people are turning to room sharing as an alternative to traditional hotels.