Sustainable traveling with Living Hotels
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 “Collaboration brings out the best in everything”, we’ve partnered with ‘Green Globe.’
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.
Green Globe isn’t just a certificate; it’s our mentor: Green Globe encourages ideas emerging from within a company – 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!
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 €4 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 Plant-for-the-Planet.org.
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.
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 Weißensee), 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.
As you can see, we’ve worked hard and have already accomplished a lot. And we’re planning even more – because we want to contribute to making our world a bit greener again. Because it needs to happen. Because it’s 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