Sustainable traveling with Living Hotels

Our Commitment to sustainable tourism

At Living Hotels, we received nature’s memo loud and clear: bees are struggling, the air is getting heavier and sea levels are rising. So, what are we doing? We don’t just address the topics of sustainability and social engagement; we make it our heartfelt commitment and an integral part of our corporate philosophy.

Following the motto ÔÇťCollaboration brings out the best in everythingÔÇŁ, we’ve partnered with ‘Green Globe.’

ÔÇťGreen Globe is the first global certification and performance improvement program specifically designed for the travel and tourism industry.ÔÇŁ

In a nutshell: Green Globe is our gentle (yet firm) push to think, act, and plan more sustainably and smarter as a company, enabling our guests to have a sustainable stay at our Living Hotels.

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Green Globe isn’t just a certificate; it’s our mentor: Green Globe encourages ideas emerging from within a company ÔÇô whether from an apprentice or a hotel director. If you have a good idea, share it. Is it environmentally friendly, feasible, and in line with Green Globe? And most importantly, are you and your team enthusiastic about implementing the idea? Then, let’s get to work! As it is only when everyone pulls together that real solutions for a sustainable vacation emerge from ideas.

We find this approach fantastic, which is why we’ve been working with Green Globe for sustainable tourism at Living Hotels since 2017. In 2018, we certified the first nine hotels, and the rest followed suit in early 2019.

Enjoy our homemade honey at the breakfast or take a glass of pleasure home with you!

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Here are some of our joint highlights:

100% green energy for all hotels and our headquarter.

In selected hotels, we offer guests the option of waiving the daily room cleaning, saving water and cleaning agents, thus preserving our environment. For each waved cleaning, we donate ÔéČ4 to a social project.

We’ve calculated our carbon footprint for business trips and district heating and are offsetting it for all our hotels and our headquarter.

We offset these ‘sins’ by supporting climate protection projects, such as a rainforest project in Africa and the organization

Since 2018, we’ve been using recycled paper in all hotels.

All printed materials, where possible, are produced on recycled paper.

Single-use coffee cups have been eliminated, even in the wellness areas.

Except for baked goods, our breakfast is now completely free of palm oil.

...and several other projects:

Selected properties offer electric vehicle charging stations (powered by green energy, of course).

In two Living Hotels we cultivate bees on the rooftops.

Where possible (e.g. in Living Hotel Wei├čensee), we offer ‘Meetings in nature,’ providing business opportunities in the beer garden during summertime.

No more disposable batteries; we opt for rechargeable ones.


We’ve come a long way, but there’s more to achieve! Our goal? To make the world a little greener, step by step.

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As you can see, weÔÇÖve worked hard and have already accomplished a lot. And weÔÇÖre planning even more ÔÇô because we want to contribute to making our world a bit greener again. Because it needs to happen. Because itÔÇÖs for the common good. And above all, because it feels like the right thing to do. For us as a company. And hopefully for you too, as our valued guest.

Yours, Lorenz ter Veen
Chief Operations Officer