Bookdifferent stay green check

staygreencheck

Thanks to the staygreencheck, you know whether it’s good. We know that looking for sustainable hotels and accommodations can sometimes feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Given the choice of a more green or less green place to stay, who wouldn’t want to book the option that is better for our planet and ourselves? But we know it’s not always that straight forward – or clearcut. And so we’ve come up with a solution to make booking green accommodations easy: the bookdifferent.com staygreencheck.

What is a sustainable accommodation? It’s a fair question. And unfortunately, along with the rise of interest in sustainable travel, there has also been an increase in those keen to benefit from the ‘eco movement’ for marketing purposes. Not every hotel or homestay that has eco in the name is necessarily… eco.

So, to help overcome this challenge (often referred to as ‘greenwashing’) we enlisted the help of industry experts and got back to the data. At bookdifferent.com we work with ecolabels to determine which accommodations are sustainable. What’s more, we only work with ecolabels that have their standard transparent, and perform on-the-spot rigourous checks on their accommodations by third party auditors.

 

fair & social

equality for all

The best type of tourism brings opportunities to those who work in hotels & the travel sector. We want to make sure that we only promote accommodations that protect their employees and children from all forms of exploitation. We look for accommodations that create  opportunities for everybody without discrimination by gender, race, religion, disability – or in any other way.  

nature & environment

taking care of mother earth

All human activity has an impact on the planet, including our hotel stays and travel choices. For instance, has a hotel banned plastic? Are they efficient with their water usage? Have they used sustainable materials? We look at the environmental initiatives an accommodation has put in place to minimise their (negative) impact on the environment, as well as any measures they have in place to protect or minimise disturbance to local wildlife.

culture friendly

respect for local traditions

In our view, culture is something to be celebrated and protected. In fact, culture is one of the main reasons many of us travel. We look for accommodations to nurture individual and community identity, promote social cohesion, and contribute to the creation of social capital. We believe that celebrating the local cultures will bring more involvement in tourism by communities, greater inclusion, as well as increasing the value and cultural identity of a destination.

local economy

better livelihoods through tourism

We see that one of the key roles of tourism is to bring economic opportunities to all, especially to those who perhaps have limited other revenue streams available. It is our wish to make sure that all stakeholders in tourism benefit.

how does the staygreencheck work?

We automatically show the most sustainable hotels at the top of the search results for any destination you search for on bookdifferent.com – so the first hotels you’ll see are the greenest, by default.

You’ll also see a symbol made up of four ‘hearts’ next to each accommodation listing. These hearts represent the staygreencheck criteria: Nature & Environment, Fair & Social, Culture friendly and Local economy.

 

the greener, the better!

greenest choice
almost perfect
on a roll
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no green label

no staygreencheck? use your common sense!

We know that there are sustainable accommodations out there, that have not joined up with an ecolabel yet.

Many small scale accommodations (typically the ones that do not have ecolabels) can be green solutions. For instance, think of a farm stay which uses solar power, serves fresh organic produce from their farm for breakfast, and employs locals. Those are exactly the things we love to see at bookdifferent.com! Yet this place has no ecolabel and so we don’t show the green ‘heart’ on bookdifferent.com… yet!

It’s currently not possible for us to check all of the small properties individually, but we are looking into this to see what we can do to provide a solution in the future.

So when you need to book an accommodation and there is no staygreencheck available, book an accommodation with a low carbon footprint thus with a green foot. We also want to advise you to use your best judgement to make a good choice to find your perfect place to stay. Book your accommodation with a staygreencheck now.

 

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