Green Policy

Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold AwardIndependent Hostels UK has been awarded Gold by the Green Tourism Business.  We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our activities and to continually improve our environmental performance. This is an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods, which we review regularly. We encourage our members, readers and suppliers to do the same.

What we have done already

  • Our solar panels generate twice as much energy as our office uses.
  • We reuse all cardboard packaging.
  • All paper in our office is used on both sides.
  • Our books and leaflets are printed on Recycled Paper whenever possible.
  • We recycle any waste that can no longer be reused.
  • We use recycled toilet roll and environmentally friendly soap in our office.
  • Our website allows users to search for green hostels and bunkhouses.
  • We support local charities and community groups
  • We Promote the GTBS to our readers in the Independent Hostel Guide.
  • We pass on environmentally friendly tips to hostel and bunkhouse owners.
  • We provide a Eco messageboard for hostel and bunkhouse owners to add their tips.
  • We encourage hostel and bunkhouse owners  to join the GTBS.
  • We have joined the GTBS and achieved the GOLD award.

What we plan to do

As well as continuing with the above we are committed to provide the following:

  • Create a Green Charter  “How to be a good green hosteller”

We have been awarded GOLD by the Green Tourism Business Scheme

The IHUK office and many of our hostels are members of the GTBS Green Tourism Business Scheme.  We are audited by their assessors to ensure we are using the most environmentally friendly practices.  Green Tourism is the largest sustainable certification body of its kind. Look out for the symbols on the hostel pages to see who has achieved the grading. The IHUK office has been awarded GOLD.