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I often complain about the way that hotels have green wash in their policies that pretend to care about the environment.
Finally I stayed somewhere recently that had a good thing going on.
Stayokay is an organization in The Netherlands that builds on a youth hostel type accomodation. It’s low budget too.
What a difference.
Unfortunately my snaps of the info about green policy are badly blurred.
They don’t have stupid little soaps with excessive packaging. You bring your own. You make your pen bed with their sheets. No fresh sheets every day. You bring your own towel. Use it as often as you want to.
But the bullet points are great.
They basically say:
Their website has a very simple sustainable policy.
Stayokay respects the environment and society. This is why Stayokay runs its business in an environmentally friendly fashion. All waste is segregated, power is green, printed materials are recyclable and the coffee is fair trade. These measures help all 27 Stayokay hostels meet the requirements of the European Eco-label. This is the number-one label for environmentally friendly products and services. We ask our guests to contribute by switching of lights and turning off the heating whenever they leave their rooms. Stayokay also provides environmentally friendly packages and educational programmes for the educational sector.
Doesn’t that sound good?
I slept very well.
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...