How to be a green tourist on a hotel holiday in Puerto Pollensa
10 easy ways to be more ECO-FRIENDLY on holiday in Puerto Pollensa
... and help protect our beautiful island!
Every little action counts. Whether it's picking up a stray plastic bottle on the beach, or asking for your coke without a straw. Sometimes it comes down to a simple question, or a request. After all, as a hotel guest in Puerto Pollensa you have the power to make small changes, and as we all know, small changes can have huge effects!
SMALL THINGS YOU CAN DO TO BE AN ECO-HERO
We know you are on holiday, and don't want to worry about anything, especially the boring stuff like rubbish, receptacles and carbon footprints.
But the kids are watching, and the Mallorca you love won't remain the island paradise it is today, if we don't start looking after it, so let's all do our bit to make our holidays greener.
In the spirit of being more human and environmentally respectful, here are 10 simple ways to make your footprint in Puerto Pollensa less visible and your stay more eco-friendly.
1- CYCLING HOLIDAYS IN PUERTO POLLENSA
Thank you for being a cyclist!
There is no healthier and greener way to get around Mallorca than on a bicycle, besides being the best way to actually see it. As a sport hotel most of our out of season guests are cyclists and this makes us inmensely proud.
Whatever your reason for cycling; a holiday, a tour, a club training trip, a race, sportive or triathlon... cycling on the island is by far the most eco-friendly way to get around.
2. BUY A BASKET
Whether its a woven basket, a pair of sandals or an apple, try to buy local products. Not only does this help local farmers, artisans and businesses, but you are investing in 0Km products, which haven't travelled across the world to get here and thus you are getting something healthier and more eco-friendly while helping protect the natural and cultural heritage of the island and promoting sustainable living.
3. USE FEWER TOWELS
If you are spending a week on holiday, do you need you bed linen changed? Do you need new clean towels every day? I know it feels more luxurious, and if they get stained by sun creams and grubby kids, by all mean s request a clean change, but every linen and towel change means a new washing machine load, dryers, ironing, etc... and huge amounts of water, cleaning products and electricity.
4. ASK FOR A GLASS - REFUSE A STRAW - REUSE YOUR BOTTLES... Say no to plastic!
We know it's hot in Puerto Pollensa in the summer and you will need to drink lots and lots of water. But do we need to drink water from small single use plastic bottles?
This is probably the single best thing you can do to be more green in Puerto Pollensa!
Plastic is becoming such a huge problem on the island, with unaccountable amounts of plastic waste ending in the sea. You can try to get your hotel to recycle plastic waste or you can ask for a glass. The most effective way to help is to simply use less plastic in the first place.
According to an article in the Majorca Daily Bulletin: "the 33 vessels that are engaged to keep the shorelines clean collected a daily average of 1,500 kilograms of waste in the first ten days of August". Incidentally, the article is from 2015, so one can only imagine what the amounts collected would be today!
5. SWITCH OFF THE LIGHTS
When you leave the room. You know how it is. At home you pay for it, so you care. Here, it's included in the price, but it is still getting paid for... and the cost is not always only money! Besides, lights heat up a room, so by keeping the lights off you are making your hotel room cooler!
Mallorca recycles; plastic, paper, glass is collected weekly in every town, as well as from the large bins in the countryside.
If your hotel doesn't recycle you could ask them to do so (after all the customer will be listened to more readily than anyone else!), and you never know: one guest's request can start a whole new recycling policy and end up making a huge difference!
7. SAVE WATER - JUMP IN THE POOL
Fresh drinking water is an extremely scarce natural resource in Mallorca and a big concern, as the island has no rivers or lakes and relies almost entirely on what it collects in rainwater.
Most years drinking water is imported from the mainland to supply the large numbers of tourists. While hotels and villas have full use of water throughout the driest summer months, locals will have their water supply rationed street by street on certain hours of the day.
Thankfully it rained this year and the island's reservoirs are full again.
So, although it's very hot, please cool down in the pool rather than taking multiple showers a day. And when you do, take shorter showers.
Fact: The average hotel guest uses over 300 litres of water per night! In a luxury hotel it is approx. 1800 litres!
8. DON'T DRIVE
In July and August, rental cars clog the island's roads and fill the air with exhaust fumes. Not really what you had in mind for a relaxing and healthy holiday in the sunshine.
You are on holiday after all. You don't need to get up early and drive to work!
I know there are lots of lovely places to see on the island, but the truth is, they are crowded, and so are the roads.
You are much better off staying at your hotel, enjoying the tranquillity, swimming in the pool... and not going anywhere.
9. EAT LOCAL - BUY LOCAL
Do you know where the food you are eating comes from? Ask your hotel to serve more local seasonal products, not only are they healthier for you and your family, but you will be contributing towards the local economy and helping reduce the pollution generated from transporting products to Mallorca from far away.
Or if you are not an all-inclusive hotel guest, visit the local weekly farmer's market in the main square of Port de Pollensa. It is on every wednesday, all morning, throughout the year, and you can pick up fruit and vegetables, bread, cheeses, olives, flowers, wine and olive oil.
10. CONTRIBUTE TO LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS
And thank you for paying the eco tax. It is hugely appreciated and very much needed!
It is a “Sustainable Tourism Tax” to help protect the islands’ resources. The island needs to be able to finance the huge strain that 12 million tourists a year put on an infrastructure designed for and paid for by a population of 1 million.
Other countries charge tourists already:
The New York City authorities add a whole raft of taxes that put quoted hotel rates up by about 15 per cent. And in Britain, everyone staying in a hotel pays VAT at 20 per cent.
The ECO TAX is used to pay for buying and reforming social housing, conserving natural spaces, preserving cultural heritage and training programes, as well as promoting energy efficiency in the tourist sector.
We wish you a wonderful GREEN holiday in Puerto Pollensa!