ECOLOGICAL HOTEL : TO BE DISCOVERED NOW!
We are the first hotel in Vendée to have been awarded the European Ecolabel. We have been encouraging our team since 2008 to adopt a greener approach. Our number one aim: to ensure the quality of your comfort and our services whilst making your stay meaningful!
The European Ecolabel is the only official environmental label and rewards products and services which are more respectful of the environment. In order to receive this award, our establishment undergoes a rigorous environmental test every two years. Find out more.
Ecological hotels are naturally better for the environment and for you. We actively contribute to:
- Using sustainable energies
- Saving energy and water
- Reducing rubbish
- Bettering the local environment
Created in 1992, the European Ecolabel is the only official ecological label which can be used in any of the countries of the E.U. It is awarded in France by AFNOR Certification, an independent awarding organisation. It is a sought after recognition of the quality of products and services.
Companies who wish to obtain this label can make a request. The ecological community label rests on the principle of a ‘global approach’ which ‘takes into account the product’s life cycle from the extraction of raw materials, their manufacturing and their use up to their recycling or destruction after use’. Quality and use are also taken into account.
It was adopted by rule (CEE) Nº. 880/92 of the Conseil (council) of 23rd March 1992, published in the JOCE of 11th April 1992. The community rule currently in application is rule (CE) Nº 66/2010 of 25th November 2009. It has been applicable since 20th February 2010. It applies to products and services.
Via around thirty compulsory criteria as well as around sixty optional ones, this certification guarantees a low consumption of energy and water, low production of rubbish, use of electricity through sustainable energies and the use of less harmful substances for the environment (ecological cleaning products), as it was explained on 29th November during a colloquium organised by AFNOR about the implication of this european label for responsible tourism. The label also encourages the purchase of local products and/or organic, or fair trade products, staff’s environmental management and the raising of clients’ awareness. For example, one of the compulsory criteria was that 25% of the electricity used came from sustainable energies before the reviewing of the label in 2009, when that rate became 50%, according to Mrs Proia. Our hotels can therefore have photovoltaic solar panels fitted or purchase energy from a source which offers such sustainable energy.
As far as energy and water consumption is concerned, specifications demand amongst other things that 80% of lightbulbs used be class A low consumption bulbs. Taps and showers water output must be 9 litres per minute maximum (against 12 L/mn initially). Other criteria aim to facilitate the sorting of rubbish in rooms and ban the use of disposable toilet products (soaps, shampoos...)