Climate change is already impacting the hospitality sector.
Extreme weather conditions drive up business costs and reduce the number of visitors to certain destinations, while local and national environmental policies and sanctions are being introduced in cities and countries around the world. Working to create a better future for all, we are constantly working on reducing our environmental footprint and promoting, first and foremost by example, sustainable hospitality in Santorini.
In our ongoing commitment to preserving the invaluable resource of water, we have implemented a comprehensive array of water management actions. We consistently safeguard the precious resource of water following the below water management actions:
The installation of electric vehicle charging stations has commenced at Santo Pure Oia Suites & Villas since 2021. The energy efficiency is achieved through:
Santo Collection is constantly working towards zero waste to landfill. To achieve this goal it has implemented several measures such as composting systems, recycling and planted rooftops. The Santo Pure Oia Suites & Villas has recently launched its new initiative called “sustainable hotel farming”.
Natural composting is an inexpensive and effective way of reducing organic kitchen waste (food leftovers, paper towels, etc.) and garden waste (clippings, grass, etc.) by 70-80%. Organic kitchen waste (other than oils) are transferred to our hotels’ gardens and, together with garden waste, are composted. The compost, due to its high quality, can be used for any type of cultivation.
The replacement of plastic straws and cups with paper products, the replacement of plastic bottles at the restaurant and bar with glass or paper bottles as well as the replacement of disposable bathroom amenities with refillable containers have been implemented to reduce the use of plastic in our properties.
The reduction of paper consumption by removing most printed information from our hotels’ areas as well as the use of environmentally friendly paper (FSC) for our printouts aim to reduce the use of paper. A recycling process is also applied for paper, glass and plastics.
We follow the principles of the European Green Agreement, and we aim, through the EU “from farm to fork” strategy, to contribute in a positive way to the actions for the climate change and environmental degradation, as well as to a sustainable, healthy, and environmentally friendly food system. We are trying to connect sustainable food production with gastronomy, offering healthy food options (slow food) to our guests.
Our sustainable choices include the optimal management of natural resources – water, energy, food raw materials – the promotion of soil health as well as the management of organic waste through four different application fields: vegetable gardens, herbs, edible nuts, and grasses.
At Santo Collection, working towards contributing to sustainable hospitality in Santorini, we have implemented a 360º approach incorporating 4 pillars: