At AliKats’ we are constantly thinking about how we can reduce our environmental impact and help conserve the mountain spaces that we love. We continue to make progress towards our environmental priorities by resourcing responsibly, recycling and reducing waste; as well as finding ways to spread the word about environmental concerns in the Alps.
There is no doubt that skiing can have a detrimental impact on the environment, but there is much we can do to transform this. Morzine-Avoriaz is one of a growing number of Alpine resorts that has woken up to the sport’s negative impact and is working hard to reduce it.
We are taking steps to join forces with our customers, suppliers and local community to take positive action in preserving the environment. No matter how big or small, we believe every effort is important, and to keep us on track we are continually introducing new pledges to help us reach our environmental goals.
We are proud to be a foundation members of Montagne Verte Morzine, and Al & Kat both sit on the board of trustees of this exciting new movement. Montagne Verte is a non-profit public benefit association working to providing solutions for mountain residents, visitors and businesses alike, to minimise their environmental impact. With funding from local residents and businesses, just like us, Montagne Verte is able to employ a Sustainability Director to work full time on all things climate related. In collaborating closely with regional stakeholders, they aim to provide a valuable resource that brings together all kinds of helpful information and support, allowing greener decisions to be made timelier
As a member of Montagne Verte, we are contributing to the important process of turning Morzine and its neighbouring towns into a more sustainable tourism destination.
Together we make a collective, and a collective can make a difference
Our environmental actions and pledges
All our cleaning products and bathroom toiletries are eco and organic. What’s more, we buy all of these in bulk and refill existing containers.
We buy our food with as minimal packaging as possible or have it delivered in reusable crates.
Our pledge is to reduce, reuse or recycle plastic as much as possible. Each year we evaluate our plastic consumption and try to find ways to reduce it.
Last year we replaced plastic toothbrushes with bamboo ones for guests that forgot to bring their own and replaced plastic washing up brushes with ones made of natural materials.
For season 2019/20 we are making the following adjustments:
Replacing re-usable plastic water pouches with tin containers which guests can borrow for the duration of their stay. These are easily sterilized and hygienic to re-use.
Stopping the provision of single use slippers (wrapped in plastic) and encouraging guests to bring their own pair from home. The money saved will be invested in other environmental initiatives.
Eliminating plastic consumption from shop-bought yogurt pots by making our own batches of natural yogurt and fruit compote for flavouring.
Reducing plastic waste from packaged breakfast meats by buying salami and ham directly from the butchers and slicing it in our kitchen.
Supplying our hosts with reusable (non-plastic) bags for fruit and vegetable shopping at the supermarket, and exploring options for eliminating plastic milk containers.
We use LED lightbulbs wherever possible.
Our central kitchen runs off a wood pellet boiler.
Guests’ towel changes are optional rather than mandatory to save on water and electricity.
Over the course of 2019-20, we are working with all our chalet owners to switch electricity providers over to 100% renewable energy.
Globally, livestock releases as much greenhouse gases as all cars, trucks, planes and ships put together*. This means that making changes to what’s on our plate and opting for more plant-based meals really can reduce the impact of climate change. Since 2012 we have made one day per week a meat-free day in all our chalets. Guests can opt in or out, or even go completely meat free on their holiday with our delicious vegetarian menu.
We buy food with minimal food miles by shopping seasonally and locally as much as possible.
73% of an average ski resort’s carbon footprint is created by a visitor’s mode of transport while 2% of emissions come from lift services and pistes**. In fact, it’s been concluded that choosing the train over flying cuts CO2 emissions per passenger by 90%***.
Our pledge is to help reduce the carbon footprint of an AliKats Mountain Holiday. We will continue to make train travel more accessible and affordable to our customers by offering generous discounts on transfers between train stations and our chalets.
For 2019/20 we have purchased a Renault Kangoo ZE utility vehicle. This car is 100% electric and will be used by staff in resort for food shopping and deliveries.
We recycle all glass, plastic, cardboard and tin wherever possible.
We provide pocket ashtrays for smokers to help avoid the careless disposal of cigarette butts in the mountains.
We minimise food wastage wherever possible. In 2019 we met our pledge to compost all our fruit and vegetables from our catered chalets and our central kitchen, and will continue this as standard practice.
We also met our pledge to provide eco-friendly uniforms for all our staff by 2019, and will continue to do so.