We passionately believe that Airbnb is good for the environment, on a grand scale.

By sharing resources and using previously wasted space, our community frees up land and materials that would otherwise be consumed. Collaborative consumption maximizes utilization – which is basically a fancy way of saying that sharing reduces waste. Your kindergarten teacher was right all along.

But we can’t talk about our impact on the world without living our principles. That’s why the Airbnb community acts out our dedication to sustainability every day.

It starts in our office. We strive to make our office environment as earth-friendly as possible. It starts with separating our waste into Compost, Recycling, and Landfill (and Compost is always the fullest, meaning that most of our waste will be turned into usable soil for farms). We use tiny amounts of paper for a large organization. We are committed to buying local, seasonal, sustainable foods for our kitchen.

Most importantly, we strive to grow a green office culture. We promote our local farmers in our lunch menus, we email about the virtues of our organic food vendors, we creat online chat groups to discuss how to sort garbage and what we’re eating and drinking this week, and we plant seeds together on our roof. Just this week, in celebration of Earth Day, the team came together to plant an organic garden on our rooftop.


You can get the full story on our green office culture from Airbnb’s sustainability king Sam Lippman on our Google+ page.

We take our inspiration, as always, from our community. We are constantly amazed by the ways in which Airbnb hosts use innovative green techniques in their spaces (and we’ve already talked about some of these ways).

As we began discussing greener spaces on our Facebook and Twitter pages, our community alerted us to some neat spaces that we had previously overlooked.

Take, for example, this backyard tent-cabin hybrid, covered in a living garden of strawberries and mint. Delicious!


Or our host Wendell, who offers space on his 16-acre homestead and is engaged in ongoing green projects, including solar energy, biodiesel, garden compost, and organic gardening. (You have to be pretty tight with the great outdoors!)


And we were blown away by this luxury Bedouin tent in the Judea Desert, built like a greenhouse to withstand the harsh conditions. Hosts cook using outdoor earth ovens they built themselves.


We’re excited by these listings, and we’ve begun putting together a collection of them on our Pinterest board.

How are you bringing a little bit of green into your life?