Responsible, sustainable, tourism
We take these issues seriously, but believe too that every one has their own choices to make regarding responsible tourism. We don't believe in being prescriptive and building in compulsory costs for carbon offsetting into our prices, as we are aware that many of our clients make their own arrangements and that would lead to "double charging". Instead, we give you the option, as well as some advice on our sustainable & responsible tourism policy.
Whenever oil based fuel is burnt for flights, trains, cards, ferries etc it releases an amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) back into the atmosphere. Carbon Offsetting works by performing a calculation to estimate the amount of CO2 produced by a specific activity, then investing funds to absorb or prevent the emission of a tonnage of CO2 equivalent to that activities unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions. This is done by investing in projects that save energy emissions (efficiency-based offsets) or that absorb atmospheric CO2 (forestry-based offsets).
Water is a scarce resource here - in fact Europe's only official desert is just to the east of us in Almeria. You can easily help reduce usage by the following simple steps:
Washing & tooth brushing - Please do not use a running tap into the basin - use the plug for washing
Toilets - Please use the half flush buttons when provided, and do not flush unnecessarily
Showers - Please use the shower rather than bath where possibleTowels - Please only submit for washing when necessaryElectricity - Please do not leave air conditioning on when not in your room.
If in self catering apartments, please only boil the amount of water needed for your tea or coffee. Equally, please use the economy / cool wash and half load buttons on the washing machine as appropriate.
A large element of responsible tourism is waste management. Spain habitually recycles most of their waste and therefore only has a small capacity nightly waste food collection service. You will find the following containers around every town & village:
Yellow - Cans, tins, bricks ("bricks" are the waxed card cartons that milk, cheaper wine, cooking sauces etc come in) & plastic waste (NB squash plastic water bottles and reseal in order to minimise the space taken up by them)
Green - All glass ware, jars & bottles
Blue - Paper & cardboard
Red - Clothes, fabrics, shoes
Please re-use plastic shopping bags as much as possible.
Help keep the weight of your baggage down by removing any unnecessary packing or wrapping from toiletries etc and leaving it at home.
Usually maroon but varies - Used cooking & motor oil
Local products & supporting the local economy
Please make the most of local produced drinks & produce, especially if self catering. This in itself, rather than purchasing imported goods at the large supermarkets, helps the local economy, and reduces the environmental impact of transporting imported foodstuffs.
Paper free office
We strive to conduct as much of our booking and administrative processes as far as possible as "paper free" processes.
We specialise in small groups and individual bookings. The maximum group size we normally cater for is ten. Keeping group sizes small helps reduce the impact on the local infrastructure, while ensuring you get a personal and tailored service.
As part of our terms & conditions of booking, we ask all our clients to consider that laws and local customs and standards of what is right and reasonable behaviour, as well as dress sense, may well differ from those in their native countries. We operate a "zero tolerance" policy on drug abuse; If a client is under the influence of alcohol or drugs they will be refused participation in activities.