Our Environmental Policy

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 love our sport and are keen to ensure that it isn’t at the expense of the remarkable mountain environment that makes it possible. Let’s work together to achieve this goal!

 

Our environmental actions and pledges

Plastics

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.

We provide reusable water pouches for guests to stay hydrated on the mountain.

Our pledge is to reduce, reuse or recycle plastic as much as possible.

For 2018/19 we are replacing plastic toothbrushes with bamboo ones for guests that forget to bring their own.

We will also be replacing plastic washing up brushes with ones made of natural materials.

 

Energy

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.

 

Carbon

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%***. Due to its distance from train stations, Morzine isn’t high on the list for skiers looking to travel by train. To help solve this, we’re working with our transfer company Skiidy Gonzales to offer free transfers to guests who opt for rail over air travel to reach our chalets. See details of our Special Offer here. Our pledge is to help reduce our combined carbon footprint by making train travel more accessible to our customers.

 

Waste

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. We compost all our fruit and vegetables from our central kitchen. Our pledge is to extend this effort and do this for all our catered chalets by 2019.

We are taking steps now to identify a clothing company that uses eco-friendly practices to supply uniforms for our staff. Our pledge is to provide eco-friendly uniforms for all our staff by 2019.

 

Resources

* https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/food-for-thought/

**https://www.onthesnow.com/news/a/16611/opinion-how-green-can-skiing-be

*** https://www.seat61.com/CO2flights.htm

 

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