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Who we are and what we believe in

“Do good and talk about it!”

As a communication and information platform for sustainable, handpicked, and unique places worldwide, we spread word about the green stories that make our members unique.
Sustainable tourism is trying to find a balance between usage and limits by planning on a long-term basis. This means, protecting the environment and local culture as well as improving the social balance in the regions

Our Requirements

Green Pearls® is the leading source for green hotels around the world. We chose our members based on their sustainable initiatives and the green projects. The Green Pearls® requirements need to be fulfilled by every member by at least 80%.

  • Management Plan
  • Architecture
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Water Consumption
  • Energy Consumption
  • Waste Management
  • more requirements
  • Housekeeping
  • Food
  • Policies
  • Employees
  • Local communities
  • Social Projects
  • Cultural Commitment
  • Communication

Management Plan

  • The business has implemented a long-term sustainability management system that is suitable to its reality and scale, and that considers environmental, quality, health and safety issue.
  • The hotel is in compliance with all applicable local, national and international regulations, among others health, safety, environmental and labour aspects.

Architecture

  • Land use is in full compliance with local zoning laws and regulations and respects laws related to protecting local nature and culture
  • Local residents have not been involuntarily relocated from the land, endangered species have not been relocated and impact on nature is minimized
  • Building materials should be local and environmental friendly
  • Old buildings are maintained whenever possible
  • Local architecture, practices and design
  • Employment of local workers
  • Access and information for persons with special needs, where appropriate
    acquisition of land complies with local communal and indigenous rights and consent

Flora and Fauna

  • Garden with native plants
  • Disturbance of natural ecosystem is minimized, rehabilitate and there is a compensatory contribution to conservation managemen
  • Pest Control with out chemicals
  • Protection of flora and fauna
  • Organic Garden
  • No species of wild animals acquired, bred or held captive, except by authorized persons for properly regulated activities in compliance with local and international law
  • Carbon footprint per tourist/night is monitored andantinos are taken to avoid and reduce carbon emissions
  • Remaining emissions are offset
  • Guests and employees are motivated to use climate friendly transport and informed about alternatives

Water Consumption

  • Water usage goals are monitored
  • Water and Ice used for human consumption is demonstrably safe
  • Water usage and reduction goals are specified and monitored
  • Water treatment plant
  • water comes from sustainable sources
  • waste water is effectively treated and is only reused or released safely, with no adverse effects to the local population or the environment
  • Rain water is captured for use

Energy Consumption

  • Energy- and resource-efficient technologies
  • Energy Efficient Bulbs
  • Alternative Energy USE
  • Motion sensor and timer switch
  • Renewable EnergyEnergy Consumption
  • Effort to constantly increase usage of renewable energy
  • Energy consumptions is measured and steps are taken to minimize overall consumption
  • Energy- and resource-efficient technologies (e.g. Energy Efficient Bulbs (LEDs), Motion sensor and timer switch)
  • Alternative Energy USE

Waste Management

  • Waste volume/weight and reduction goals are specified, recorded and monitored.
  • No plastic for the toiletries, the packing must be recyclable
  • Avoiding waste by not using plastic, providing waste separating facilities when possible, recycling of garbage, education and training of staff
  • Waste disposal has no adverse effect on the local population or the environment

Housekeeping

  • Toilet flush should be water conserving
  • Toiletries must be biological and biodegradable
  • Towels and bed linen not to be changed daily automatically
  • Biodegradable soap and cleaning products

Food

  • Fair trade
  • Offering organic food and herbals
  • Using local products and organic farms whenever possible
  • Avoiding plastic when serving meals
  • Focus on local/regional cuisine

Policies

  • Purchasing policy favors environmentally friendly products for building materials, capital goods, food and consumable.
  • Business has a policy of favoring certified suppliers or suppliers following best environmental and social practices
  • Policy against any form of exploitation and harassment

Employees

  • Labour rights are respected, and benefits meet or exceed local and national regulations
  • Hiring local staff whenever possible (also in management positions)
  • Employees are involved in the development process and introduction of the management plan
  • Employees receive training and capacity building
  • Involving local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances
  • Developing plans to support local people
  • No social, gender or racial discrimination of any kind is practiced or supported

Local communities

  • Involving local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances
  • Developing plans to support local people
  • Trainings for locals to improve job opportunities
  • Support of local companies and manufacturers of sustainable products
  • Hotel activities do not jeopardize the proviso of basic services (such as food, water, energy, healthcare or sanitation)

Social Projects

  • Support of local infrastructure and community development of schools, kinder gardens, hospitals
  • Training and education of local communities, projects who engage in impacts of climate change)
  • Support of local social projects

Cultural Commitment

  • Company policy includes established guideline or code of conduct of behavior concerning the protection of local cultures and historical sites.
  • The business does not exploit the cultural intellectual property of the local community
  • Cultural sensitivity and respect between tourists and hosts, local culture, e.g. visits of local communities as well as cultural and historical sites
  • Integration of the culture in everyday life of the tourism
  • Historical artifacts are not sold, traded or displayed, except as permitted by law
  • Contribution to conservation, preservation and strengthening of traditional, culture, Archeological and spiritual sites

Communication

  • The Hotel has implemented a comprehensive Communication strategy to inform guests on its sustainable policies
  • The hotel communicates its products and services transparently, also but not only in regards to sustainability
  • The hotel offers information about the surrounding nature, local culture and cultural heritage as well as about appropriate behavior during visits

Team

Stefany Seipp

Founder and managing director, working for more than 27 years in various areas of tourism.

“What if 7,5 billon inhabitants of our planet realize he or she is the change. It is our responsibility – let’s do it!“

stefany.seipp@greenpearls.com

T.  +49 (0) 6151/7347-5148
F.  +49 (0) 6151/7347-5150
M. +49 (0) 152.56 45 36 19

Jenifer Friedmann

Communications Manager with a bachelor’s degree in onlinejournalism.

„It’s said that to walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles – if we want our children and grandkids to experience that too we have to take care of the planet we live on.“

jenifer.friedmann@greenpearls.com

T.  +49 (0) 6151/7347-5146
F.  +49 (0) 6151/7347-5150
M. +49 (0) 152.22641906

Green Pearls® Team Nele

Nele Maixner

Communications manager with a suitcase full of experience in the fields of events, incentives, tourism and PR.

Using my passion for language to communicate sustainable ideas & projects that work to preserve this nature means a lot to me.”

nele.maixner@greenpearls.com

T.  +49 (0) 6151/7347-5147
F.  +49 (0) 6151/7347-5150
M. +49 (0) (0) 173.31 28 075

Green Pearls® Team

Nina Schoormann

on parental leave

Communications Manager with a master’s degree in media studie.

“I’ve already learned and discovered so many new things on my travels. I hope that many more curious generations will be able to explore this world after us. Living sustainably and acting accordingly is therefore the only logical consequence.”

nina.schoormann@greenpearls.com

Rachael Hamann

Rachael Hamann

Freelance Creative with a background in design and sustainability.

Rachael, originally from Australia but is now living in Germany, loves all things sustainable. Having travelled all over the world, she has seen first hand how important it is to look after the natural environment and to find ways to lessen the impact of our travel.

rachael.hamann@greenpearls.com