In recent times it has become apparent that worldwide environmental issues have gone unaddressed for far too long. We are reaching a point where irreversible damage is being caused to the world around us and countries are declaring climate emergencies. Whilst this is positive in admitting the problem but actions must follow quickly! We must all make changes where we can in our daily lives if we are going to make a difference before it is too late.
We know that we are not going to solve these massive environmental issues over night, but collectively if we change one small thing at a time, keep consistent and keep educating, then together over time we can make big differences.
Mountain Xtra is extremely proud to work in association with local non profit organisation Montange Verte, a local initiative aiming to promote greener solutions for businesses & residents of Morzine. We were the very first company to join their affiliated membership program in summer 2019 and make financial donations to their organisation to help fund the exciting projects they have planned. Together our aim is to save our winters and to make Morzine, Les Gets the most environmentally responsible & sustainable holiday resort.
Mountain Xtra’s Environmental Pledge:
By the end of 2020 we aim to have implemented all the following changes…
Swap all chalets to only using LED light bulbs
Discontinue the use of individual single use plastic complimentary toiletries, instead (once stocks are finished) swapping to providing ethically manufactured environmentally friendly soap bars in recyclable / compostable packaging.
Swap to providing guests with sustainable complimentary teas & coffees (with zero plastic packaging).
Supply reusable and washable dish cloths / brushes instead of cheap plastic sponges for guests.
Supply self catered properties with reusable shopping bags & vegetable supermarket bags
Supply & encourage the use of tuppaware over cling film and plastic food bags
Supply properties with reusable thermal coffee mugs encouraging guests to use them instead of disposable cups.
Swap to petroleum free recycled bin liners.
Commitment to cut down on use of chemical cleaning products swapping for more natural products, and re-fillable spray bottles.
When possible group cleaners into teams so they are only using one car between two or more on main change over days.
Re-assess all the cleaning products that we use to make sure they are environmentally friendly and in recyclable packaging
Swap to washing powder & dishwasher powder or non plastic covered eco tablets instead of tablets individually wrapped in non recyclable plastic.
Educate guests to save energy by turning down heating when possible, and switching off lights when not needed.
Educate staff & guests to always recycle.
Provide “education notes” for guests not to flush away baby wipes / sanitary products / or anything apart from toilet paper or human waste.
Educate staff & property owners to make sure heating is turned down & other electricity consumption reduced when properties are not in use.
Other business practices:
Commitment to address excess and unnecessary plastic packaging used by suppliers.
Conduct guest, staff, supplier research into other areas we can make improvements in this field.
Carbon offset 100% of our business operational activities carbon impact for 2020.
Research and aim to introduce a carbon offset calculator / donation tool to allow guests to be able to offset the carbon impact of their holiday.
Here is what you can do… as a holiday guest these are a few little things you can do to help:
- Do not crank the heating up high then have to open windows or doors.
- Turn down heating & switch off the lights when you leave the property.
- Recycle, recycle, recycle!
- Do not litter the mountains.
- Cut down excessive hot water use / only take one shower per day.
- Only flush toilet paper & human waste down the loo.
- Try to buy with environmental sustainability in mind (especially no palm oil products or single use plastic).
- Carbon offset your holiday flight and road travel.
- Donate whatever you can (suggestion €5) to the not-for-profit association Montange Vert so that they can employ a dedicated sustainability director and invest in local environmental initives: Donate Today
Help save our winters, help save our planet and life on it.