SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: OUR ECO-FRIENDLY HOTEL INITIATIVES
One of our highest values at the Elounda Palm Hotel & Suites is respect for the environment. We aim to protect the beautiful and unique nature of the island of Crete. We strongly believe that the tourism industry should turn into more sustainable alternatives and waste reduction initiatives. That’s why we want to support all green travellers and inspire others to travel consciously. We want to be part of this eco-friendly community and contribute in our way. In this article, you will find some of our new green projects and initiatives.
All of our swimming pools are supplied with ocean water directly from the sea. The feeling is like you are swimming on a beach but with less saltiness. All of our pool suites use the revolutionary method of saltwater electrolysis to keep the pool clean without any chemicals, to avoid every kind of chemicals and chlorine. Saltwater electrolysis breaks down the salt (NaCl) to chlorine, creating natural sterilization to the swimming pool. This method is friendlier to our skin & eyes but also our planet.
Watch here how salt electrolysis works.
Support Local Communities- Locally Produced Food
As a small family business, we always try to support the local economy and local communities by choosing local suppliers. Fresh, biological, locally produced food directly to your plate is a lot healthier, tastier and way more eco-friendly. We try to give prominence to Cretan raw materials by using them on every plate. And not only in our cuisine, since all of our bathroom amenities are made in Greece with Greek olive oil and other pure ingredients.
In addition, we maintain our own herb garden, making sure every plate and every drink is going to have all the vibrance of pure Cretan aromas. We use herb infusions to make our signature cocktails. Trust me, nothing tastes like a cocktail with sage…
Tasteful ✓ Biological ✓ Eco-friendly ✓
Lastly, since we cook big quantities of food we always make sure to donate food to local communities that are in need and try to eliminate food waste.
Minimum Use of Single-Use Plastics
In our effort to reduce and eliminate all single-use plastics from our hotel, we are participating in a pilot program within the framework of the project “Reducing the consumption and disposal of single-use plastics in the Tourism Industry in Cyprus, Greece, and Malta.” funded by the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation. The project started in 2020 and under the guidance of our partners, we will apply methods for reducing single-use plastics in our hotel. During the educational part, we were shocked by the extent of ocean pollution from the tourism industry worldwide.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
We are glad to announce that we have added a charging station for electric vehicles just outside of the hotel. Now you can rent an electric vehicle and charge it here. This way you save your pocket and the environment. Did you know that a petrol car has 70% more emissions than an electric car? Maybe that’s a good reason to replace your conventional car at home or at least on your holiday.
Sustainable Paper Consumption
Paper waste is one of the biggest problems in businesses and we should all find creative ways to reduce paper usage. Last year we replaced all of our menus, leaflets and registration forms with e-catalogues and e-forms, creating a contactless experience and saving a lot of paper.
Fun fact: In Greece, you cannot put toilet paper down the toilet.
The reason behind this is because Greece is an ancient civilization and the sewerage system in Greece was invented 2,800 years ago, while toilet paper was invented just 100 years ago.
But don’t worry we’ve got your back! In our hotel, we provide premium biodegradable toilet paper, which will be broken down in case you forget it. This also makes sure that all the paper used in the hotel will be absorbed naturally on the earth.
The three “R’s”: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle. We have trained our staff and have organised all of our departments to minimize the waste of materials. We try to reuse most of the materials and reduce everything as much as possible. In case it is not possible to apply any of the two above, we recycle the rest with special attention.
Hotel Recycling Project:
- Outside of our hotel you can find a recycle bin for general use, where guests and staff can recycle materials.
- You can also find a battery recycling bin in our hotel, where we recycle all of our used batteries.
- We recycle all the electric and electronic appliances that cannot be repaired.
- Lastly, we recycle the cooking oil. Oil is one of the most important recyclable materials and in big quantities can be a hazardous waste.
Now guess what! You can try all of the above at home. Oh yes… Challenge accepted! Start recycling today and find all the possible recyclable materials you use in your daily life.
Greece is a country with a lot of sun, especially during summertime. That’s why we benefit from the sun by using solar hot water systems to heat the water instead of electricity. This can save up to 80% of energy consumption. If you are thinking about installing them at home, please do, they will save you a lot of money and will change your life.
Speaking about energy, special lighting can be very impressive but also harmful to the environment. In our effort to save energy, we have replaced all of the lamps used in the hotel with energy-saving lamps. Energy-saving bulbs use 2/3 less energy than conventional lamps and can last up to 10 times longer. Are you still thinking about replacing them?
Certified Ecological Cleaning Products
In partnership with the leader in the sector of hygiene and infection prevention solutions, Ecolab, we use a collection of certified ecological cleaning products, which are friendly to our skin and respect the environment. Always by ensuring the quality of the products and your safety, as safety and hygiene remain our top priority.
Earth is our home and we should all care about it. It is a collective responsibility to keep it clean for the next generations. We hope that by doing baby steps into sustainable tourism we will inspire others to do the same. We say yes to sustainable green hospitality and we support all the responsible green travellers.