We care: 5 Tips to Travelling Green
5 small changes you can make to help the environment whilst travelling
What does it mean to travel green? How can you reduce the environmental impact of your holiday? Travelling takes up a lot of resources and frequently has a significant impact on local communities and natural habitats. Travelling green is all about challenging our habits and being conscious of the impact our choices have on the environment. The tips below are not particularly different to small changes we can make in our daily lives as well!
At Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel we care deeply about the people and the environment in which we live in. Being a Green Key eco-labelled hotel, we have launched our Kallichoron Goes Green Policy to achieve perfect operation regimes that work in harmony with the environment.
Here are five tips to keep in mind when it comes to travelling green in Astypalea and visiting our hotel.
1. Eat Locally, Buy Locally
Buying local products not only promotes the local economy but it is likely that they’re made organically. Additionally, buying directly from production – like local farms, can mean that less packaging is used than purchasing from a grocery store.
Make the choice to eat fruits and veggies that are in season as it will not only be easier, but most importantly tastier! Part of encouraging local eating is supporting restaurants that serve locally grown food as well. The locals can use this money to make their community an even better and greener travel destination. Let’s make local food a big part of our daily diet!
2. Green Transportation & Low Carbon Activities
The “greenest” form of transportation is human power, i.e. walking or cycling and ultimately a great way to get some more exercise in as well. Try to walk or cycle as often as possible to help keep cars off the road. It’s no secret that activities such as swimming, hiking, snorkeling, trekking are also some options to embrace and discover the local natural wonders while keeping the air free from emissions and pollutants.
Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel is a bike-friendly hotel and we can arrange for a cycling tour around the island. Get in touch with Reception and hire a bike today!
3. Reduce Water & Energy Consumption
Greece is characterized by strong seasonal distributions of rainfall, which may result to water shortage at the height of the summer. Therefore, it is essential to turn off the taps and don’t run water when it is not necessary to avoid wasting it.
Reusing towels and linens not only reserves water, but saves energy as less washing and drying is required. Here at Kallichoron, you room key will turn the lights and air-conditioning off automatically when you exit the room.
4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
A proverb for travelling says “Take nothing but pictures, leave only footprints”. Of course, the use of products in unavoidable but the best way to keep Astypalea clean is to reuse and recycle where possible. And for a cleaner planet, we need to beat plastic pollution.
This year, Kallichoron goes greener! In an effort to reduce the use of plastic, the plastic straws have been replaced with paper ones to help save the sea and animals. Additionally, Grandma’s Breakfast allows guests to customise their breakfast options, a practice that offers guests the best quality and at the same time reduced food waste. Notably, Kallichoron is the only hotel in Greece that has been awarded for its breakfast service. Earth loves us and we do too!
5. Bring your own bag
Plastic bags remain a big problem not only for us and the environment, but for the animals and wildlife as well. Although it might seem convenient to grab a plastic bag at the cash register, the habit is actually pretty wasteful. In an effort to break that habit, Kallichoron launched its own cotton tote bag - way trendier than the plastic stuff anyway!
Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel – Choose the Green, eco-labelled hotel for Your Stay!
After experiencing the beauty of Astypalea, there is no better way to show gratitude than to spread the word. Share your experience on social media and let your friends know how much you enjoyed your time with us and leave an inspiring testimony for travellers that are thinking of visiting Astypalea. Look for places that implement green practices and are committed to run sustainably and offer high quality services to travellers. We feel empowered after such amazing journey and aim to do more!