Plastic Free Champions. Gold Green Tourism Members. We're doing everything we can to preserve our little part of the planet.
We recognise the effect of our business on the environment and our planet and are committed to minimising this impact. Sustainability has been designed into the very fabric of our beautiful Grade II listed building.
We are committed to:
Our GOLD Green Tourism Award is a reflection of our commitment to the environment and our Green Policies.
At Cohort you can offset the carbon of your travel to us by planting a tree through the awesome More Trees. You can do this at reception anytime during your stay.
Alternatively when you book direct you can opt for our Eco-Traveller rate, which adds a tree to your booking for each night of your stay, or add a tree to your reservation after you’ve checked out online.
A tree costs just £1 and absorbs approximately 12kg carbon/year. See how much carbon you emit by calculating your carbon footprint here.
Our electricity comes from 100% certified renewable sources and we do everything in house to ensure we use as little as possible…
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
We had an efficiency survey conducted and an OWL energy monitoring system installed which tracks our electricity usage. It produces data which will enable us to better control and reduce energy consumption going forward, providing us with tangible evidence of our efforts.
Instead of providing 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 less 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. Our entire booking system is paperless and we will only provide you with a printed invoice / receipt if you ask for one.
We minimise our carbon footprint (where possible) by only buying local or products that aren’t fossil fuel intensive to produce.
Our mission, which started in 2018, is to reduce our plastic footprint. In addition to stripping plastic out of our building we were instrumental in setting up the Plastic Free St Ives campaign.
Finally, we encourage all our guests and visitors to Cornwall to be responsible travellers and for details of what that means click to read our Responsible Visitor Charter and download the Countryside Code.