In 2017, David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, highlighting the effects of climate change on our world, was the most watched TV show of the year. In 2018, single-use plastic was named the Collins Dictionary word of the year due to the meteoric rise in concern over the environmental impact of throwaway plastics. And in 2019, a record number of people signed up to Veganuary, pledging to eat just a plant-based diet for the first month of the year.
All around the world, people are aiming to reduce their carbon footprint and make the world a better, greener place to live, and at Hallmark Hotels we’re no different. Our Corporate Social Responsibility Statement outlines how we plan to improve our environmental performance at every single one of our 26 hotels.
Lowering our carbon emissions
If you’re staying with us and are travelling by public transport, many of our hotels are situated by train stations and all guests are provided with information on public transport, which we encourage you to use. On top of this, we offer bike hire information so guests can opt to explore the local area without having a negative impact on the environment.
To help our staff reduce their carbon footprint we’re offering a car share scheme that encourages members of staff to travel together to reduce the number of cars on the road and ease congestion. We’re also part of a cycle to work scheme that makes it easier for staff members to ditch their car for two wheels.
Reducing our landfill waste
Our waste management statement is clear and simple – to reduce our landfill output and increase our recycling level.
Across all our hotels, our waste is segregated so it’s easy for guests and staff alike to recycle plastic, glass, cardboard and paper. We also recycle batteries and LED light bulbs across all our hotels’ rooms and use reusable printer cartridges.
Reducing energy consumption
Reducing our energy consumption is an important thing that we do across all 26 of our hotels. We’ve moved over to eco-energy appliances in order to reduce our consumption and monitor the products that we offer within meeting rooms to make sure we are cutting unnecessary electricity usage.
We also use sensor lights thought the hotels’ public areas to ensure that the lights are only on when needed. Similarly, there are room key switches in every room to keep power off in unused rooms.
What can you do?
We hope that all our guests are equally as environmentally conscious as us and will help us make our hotels greener places to stay.
We have a popular ‘Love the Environment?’ scheme that offers drinks vouchers to hotel guests as an incentive to refuse unneeded room service. On top of this, we have an in-room towel and linen policy that encourages guests to reuse their towels and linen and reduce unnecessary washing,
Away from the hotel, we provide guests with green tourist attractions and activities to help them keep their carbon footprint down in the surrounding local areas.
If you’re visiting or planning a trip to one of our hotels soon, we’d love you to play your part in helping us make Hallmark Hotels as green and environmentally conscious as possible.