"We love our community and we love the world we live in and we want to do what we can to minimise the impact we have on our environment."
At Cohort Hostel we recognise the effect of our business on the environment and our planet and are committed to minimising this impact.
Heritage is important to us too. As part of our redevelopment of our hostel we have ensured that our responsibility to the environment has been designed into the refurbishment work, whilst at the same time maintaining our responsibilities to our beautiful Grade II listed building.
In particular, we will achieve our green goals through our commitment to:
Our silver membership of the Green Tourism Award is a reflection of our commitment to the environment and our Green Policies.
When you book direct with us you can offset your carbon footprint by donating £0.99 to plant a fruit tree in the developing world. Add ‘Plant a Tree’ to your booking after check out and pay on arrival.
For each 99p donated by you the Green Earth Appeal on behalf of Cohort Hostel agree to plant the minimum of one tree in the developing world along with the provision of tools, education and infrastructure.
We have reduced our light energy consumption by up to 80% using these methods over traditional lighting systems.
We have fitted water saving devices in all of our shower / toilet blocks and dorm rooms
Help us by using the appropriate bin for your rubbish.
We are committing ourselves to drastically reduce our plastic footprint in 2018: In conjunction with another business in St Ives we are setting up a plastic free campaign to encourage business to reduce their plastic usage in order to minimise the impact of plastic in our seas.
Instead of providing an energy intensive tumble drying facilities we provide:
The only cleaning products you will see us use, from washing up liquid and hand wash through to shower cleaners, drain disinfectants and sanitisers, are all Bio-cleaning products; a range of natural, biodegradable cleaning products which are not harmful to the environment or our staff!
We make our own glass cleaner from white vinegar, tea tree oil and water.
(The only harmful cleaning product you may see is the occasional use of drain unblock-er!)
We use recycled toilet paper throughout the hostel.
We only use recycled and recyclable printer toner cartridges and our printer’s default is for double sided printing – saving paper: Not that we print much as our entire booking system is paperless and we will only provide you with a printed invoice / receipt if you ask for one.
We keep a constant eye out for ways in which we can improve and reduce our environmental impact. Tell us your ideas! They are all welcome, meanwhile we intend to:
Finally, we encourage all our guests and visitors to Cornwall to be responsible travellers. For details of what that means click to read our Responsible Visitor Charter and download the Countryside Code.
Our mission, which started in 2018, is to reduce our plastic footprint.
Click the image to see what we’ve been up to…