Green Tourism

Cyclists are helping to save the planet in an unexpected way…

Cyclists are saving the planet

The world is producing an estimated 2.12 billion tonnes of waste each year, with future estimated expected to hit 4 billion by 2100. Legislation and government action can only get us so far, and so, there are pockets of people all around the world who are looking to take matters into their own, creative hands. 

We’re joined by Reconomy, a leading skip hire company who can aid businesses with responsible waste disposal, to take a look at the talented minds behind some of the most unique recycling initiatives around the globe.

A greener future for travel? 

Greener travel - an aeroplane

The British government is seeking to make the UK greener. In fact, the goal is to become a zero-emission zone by 2040. To that end, the government is looking at all areas of waste production, and in particular, the issues of fuel and waste. So, what if waste and fuel could solve each other’s problems? 

Enter biofuel – the answer to the problems with environmentally-unfriendly fuels and the rising cost of dealing with the UK’s waste. With biofuel, waste matter can be used to create a greener fuel alternative and it’s already being used on some commercial flights. So where does biofuel stand when it comes to freight transport fuel? 

Fairmont St Andrews welcomes over 20,000 dark native Scottish honey bees

Fairmont St Andrews bees

Fairmont St Andrews has welcomed over 20,000 dark native Scottish honey bees to the five-star resort as part of their ongoing commitment to green tourism.

Over the past year, John Keating, general manager at Fairmont St Andrews and Johnny Mitchell, head gardener at the resort, have been training to be beekeepers with The Fife Beekeepers Association. The day finally arrived this month when two bee nucleus’ arrived onto the resort.

Get paid to bring in the Belvoir Fruit Farms’ elderflower harvest!

Elderflower harvest Belvoir Castle

Elderflower fans are invited to come and work for their tipple – you can get paid for helping bring the elderflower harvest home for Belvoir Fruit Farms, who need to gather in over 60 tonnes (that’s 3.6million flowerheads) of the creamy, frothy flora.

The elderflower is gathered from Belvoir’s own 90 acres of plantations and from the elder bushes growing wild in the hedgerows throughout the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, Lincolnshire. 

The welcome impact of Scotland's Tourism sector on sustainable business

Green Tourism

Sustainable tourism business in Scotland has saved 1 million tonnes of water and ¼ million tonnes of carbon according to an impacts report published by the sustainable accreditation organisation, Green Tourism.

The report, entitled "20 years of making a difference," addresses the positive impact Green Tourism accredited businesses have had on the environment over a period of twenty years. It was released today at a Scottish Tourism Alliance reception at the Scottish Parliament attended by Fiona Hyslop MSP.

Green Tourism sustainability assessments undertaken by the organisation spanning the last twenty years have revealed carbon and water savings, habitat and biodiversity creation, waste recovery, local procurement and business savings.