How Easy is it Being Green?
The Draycott Hotel is a proud member of the Green Tourism for London Scheme (GTFLS) – the first independently audited green accreditation programme for the tourism industry across London.
The Green Tourism for London Scheme reviews more than 150 measures of good sustainable practice across hotels in London and we are thrilled to have recently received a Gold Award for our efforts recognising our ‘Good Practice Throughout’.
This is the fifth consecutive year we have been awarded this accolade and it’s incredibly important to us to maintain the high sustainability and environmental standards across the hotel.
Our General Manager, Melissa Stoman, has explained why, at our five-star Chelsea hotel, it’s now more important than ever to invest in going green and to infiltrate this throughout the entire hotel.
Inside the hotel
There are lots of steps that go into making our hotel green, here are just some of the eco practices we engage in:
- Recycling paper, newspapers, glass, batteries, fluorescent and long life bulbs, cans and cartridges.
- Operating a ‘switch off’ policy for office staff to turn off computer equipment and printers when not in use and urging patrons to do the same.
- Reducing usage of harmful cleaning chemicals and replacing these with eco-friendly products wherever possible.
- Reducing usage of paper by printing double sided and using electronic email where possible.
- Monitoring energy consumption of gas, electricity and water by turning off unnecessary lights and taps, and using low energy light bulbs in public areas.
- Buying in bulk to reduce on the number of delivery miles and excess packaging.
- Reducing energy consumption with energy saving devices such as motion sensor lighting, roof insulation and implementing LED lighting.
- Using organic, local produce and seasonal produce.
- Donating bathroom products to local homeless charities.
Giving something back
Being environmentally conscious is more than saving energy and making cut backs. For the Draycott Hotel it is as much about giving back to the planet in some way too. Whether we are helping the local community in litter picking efforts, offering bedding, personal hygiene products and food to a homeless charity, or helping with environmental outreach programmes further afield, the options for doing something a little more for local and global communities are endless. Below is an example of just one of the programmes the Draycott Hotel helps.
As part of the Mantis Collection, a family run collection of award-winning privately owned properties all over the world, The Draycott Hotel is committed to the spirit of restoration and conservation that is being spread throughout the hotel collection.
Each year thousands of elephants, lion, rhino and other precious wildlife are being killed for their ivory tusks, horns and body parts. The Draycott Hotel works to help protect threatened African landscape and wildlife through their support of the charity Tusk, and the annual Tusk Conservation Awards. These awards recognise the achievements and dedication of those who work tirelessly to protect Africa’s wildlife, something the Draycott Hotel is passionate about. The Draycott supports a wildlife charity called Wilderness Foundation and raises funds through the ‘hotel Rhino’ initiative that invites guests to purchase a small rhino toy from the hotel with 100% of all profits donated to the charity.
Helping guests reduce their carbon footprint is a big part of our green mission. We encourage our guests to explore the local attractions by public transport, bicycle or on foot by providing information on walks, cycle routes and cycle hire information and bus and tube timetables at reception.