Ecological accommodation : what is it ?

You see it more and more often in your search for accommodation. But what is ecological accommodation ?

1. What is ecological accommodation ?

It is an establishment that meets criteria guaranteeing respect for the environment, most of which are labelled.

We can therefore find :

  • Unusual accommodation (cabin, caravan, etc.)
  • Ecolodge or ecogîte
  • Youth hostels
  • Camping
  • Holiday village
  • One to five star hotels

These accommodations are designed, built and operated in accordance with responsible environmental and social principles.

Ideally they use renewable energy and promote sustainable development and waste minimisation.

2. The labels to look for

If you want to stay in an ecological accommodation you can look for the following labels :

  • La clef verte : with 603 establishments labelled in France and more than 2700 establishments in 56 countries, it is the first international environmental label for tourist accommodation and catering.
  • Eco gîte : a label designed by Gites de France. These are accommodations designed or restored using techniques or materials recognised as having a low impact on the environment.
  • Eco label
  • Gites panda : houses built in the heart of a protected area to which the WWF grants its label under certain conditions.

And don’t forget, the eco responsible approach works both ways. So remember to sort your waste, consume locally and reduce your water and energy consumption during your stay!

So how about an ecological holiday ?