Making holidays greener from the inside out
At Cosmos we’re proud to support campaigns which promote sustainable travel. This July we have been highlighting the Travel Foundation’s ‘Make Holidays Greener’ campaign. This important campaign aims to raise awareness about how travellers can help ensure their holiday has a positive effect on the local community, and protect the environment. You may have seen mention of this campaign in our emails, on our website and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
For example, some of the easiest ways that you can have a positive impact on a local community is by enjoying food and drinks in locally-owned restaurants and purchasing locally and sustainably-made souvenirs. From an environmental point of view, water is a scarce resource in some countries so taking shorter showers and re-using your bed linen is an easy and painless way to save water. Sounds simple, doesn’t it! There are lots more easy-to-follow tips on our ‘Make Holidays Greener’ page.
Cosmos staff have always had a ‘green streak’ and we are all passionate about recycling and energy efficiency, among other things! Our overseas resort offices have reduced printing by emailing confirmation and payment vouchers to hoteliers. As a result, our Eastern Mediterranean offices estimate they will save 220 reams of paper this summer season which in turn will save about 36 trees. Back in the UK, the Bromley office has a Green Team in place to brainstorm environmentally friendly initiatives and has recently recycled 16,500 kgs of paper saving approximately 36 trees. We have also started recycling batteries.
To further support the Making Holidays Greener campaign, our Bromley and Stockport offices will be holding a ‘Green Day’ for staff, with a range of events and activities including green quizzes, green dress-code, an office tidy up to recycle paper and stationery products and encourage staff to car share. We may have some fun photos from this to share with you on social media after the event.
We are also proud supporters of the Sustainable Travel self-audit and monitoring programme, Travelife. An increasing number of Cosmos-featured properties have been accredited by programme and are identified by a Travelife logo in our brochures. The sustainable criteria covered by the programme includes water and energy conservation, recycling, reducing the consumption of natural resources and other environmental factors. In addition the programme covers social aspects such as staff welfare. Properties may be given a bronze, silver or gold accreditation depending on how sustainable their practises are.
What are your favourite green travel tips? Share your thoughts in the comments below!