Eco-friendly hostel in Estonia
Circular economy, the Green Key to being more eco-friendly
- Small hostel finds simple and cost-effective eco-friendly measures make all the difference in the circular economy
- Measures covering everything from energy, mobility, waste, training, and more
For Looming, an eco-friendly hostel located in Tartu, Estonia, the environment is an integral part of its identity. Management has implemented a property-wide policy which seeks to minimise the impact of all operations on the environment through its commitment to reusing and recycling resources, training and awareness-raising, offering eco-friendly services, and renovating facilities in an effort to reduce its ecological footprint.
As a small operation, keeping costs down is essential. So the hostel employs simple, customer-friendly organisational measures, rooted in circular economy principles, which have earned it a Green Key ecolabel.
Some of the measures implemented include:
- Regular training of employees in environmental responsibilities
- Eco-friendly mobility: hostel bike rental, walking tours
- Furniture and equipment comes from natural materials or based on nature-friendly products and recycling principles
- Saving resources: signs around the hostel gently remind guests to save water and electricity
- Better waste handling: waste is minimised and biological waste is turned into vermicomposting by worms, and waste separation is promoted
- Green cleaning: eco-labelled products, such as soda and vinegar, are used
Looming's management is keen to explore innovative ways to promote eco-friendly practices on the site. Ideas such as selling second-hand items like clothes in case guests need a jacket or simply forgot to pack something.
Green Ideas for Tourism for Europe, Case study: Ecohostel Looming, http://www.greentourism.eu/en/CaseStudy/Details/15