For sustainable travel – Austrian Ecolabel & European Ecolabel
Everyone can contribute to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly life - as a host and guest. Therefore, it is also essential for us as a platform to show initiatives and awards from our hosts and businesses that pay attention to the environment, resources, and, ultimately, to our living space. Because to change something, to make the future worth living, a concrete implementation must occur.
For our hosts, there are two levels that they consider:
One level is the company itself and making your processes more sustainable and efficient. So the question that arises is, what can the company change and optimize?
The second level is the guests and how they can contribute. The question is, how can I, as a guest, also contribute to a more sustainable, resource-saving stay.
What are some examples of measures that companies take? There would be, for example, the switch to ecological cleaning agents, sustainable procurement of office materials, development of a sustainability concept, creation of a waste management concept, measures to reduce water consumption, checking energy consumption, and even planting the garden. And that's just a tiny sample of the steps.
The Austrian Ecolabel was launched in 1990 on the Ministry of the Environment initiative. Today it is considered an essential state-certified environmental seal in Austria. It is awarded in four categories: to products or services, tourism and gastronomy companies, educational and cultural institutions, and green meetings & events. The certificate shows the companies' awareness of the high environmental quality of their products and services. The Austrian Ecolabel stands for consistent, sustainable management for certified businesses in tourism. Participating companies undergo an intensive test based on a detailed catalog of requirements and undergo an external audit.
The graphic design of the Austrian Ecolabel came from the world-famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who made his designs available to the Ministry of the Environment free of charge.
On a European level, one can apply for the EU Ecolabel. The EU Ecolabel serves as a cross-border environmental certificate as a uniform label for environmentally friendly products and services in the common European market. It was launched in 1992 by the European Commission. The guidelines for awarding the Ecolabel are drawn up in cooperation with the EU member states.
Therefore, if sustainable travel and sustainable operations are vital to you, use the Austrian Ecolabel and EU Ecolabel filters when you next look for an apartment.