Chalet company AliKats Mountain Holidays have joined battle against the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic in the world
Since establishing their company in 2011, which now runs ten chalets in Morzine, Al and Kat have been conscious of keeping plastic usage to a minimum.
Over the years, they have refined their techniques and now follow these simple, but effective, procedures: buying organic cleaning products in bulk and refilling existing containers, plus purchasing food with minimal packaging or having it delivered in reusable crates.
“We have a responsibility to do our best to reduce single use plastics in the chalets so we undertook a complete end to end assessment of our business to identify where we these were being used,” commented Al Judge of AliKats, “We have made changes to many areas including the suppliers we work with and our kitchen processes and although this often means spending more, we think it is worth it.”
New for this season, Al and Kat will be giving every guest a reusable water pouch for the slopes, replacing plastic toothbrushes with bamboo versions (for guests that have forgotten to bring their own) and substituting all plastic washing-up brushes with ones made of natural materials.
In the wider battle to minimise environmental impact the company continue to come up with new ways to minimise carbon emissions including using LED lightbulbs whenever possible and running the central kitchen off a wood-pellet boiler
Guests are able to opt-in, or out, of this meal or even go completely meat free for the whole week with Kat’s delicious vegetarian menu. In addition to this, Al and Kat make sure all the food purchased has travelled minimal food miles, which is helped by buying local produce and shopping for food that is in season.
AliKats Mountain Holidays recycles all glass, plastic, cardboard and tin when possible, provides pocket ashtrays for smokers to dispose of cigarettes properly and composts all fruit and vegetables from its central kitchen. The company is also hoping to compost all fruit and vegetables from every one of its kitchens and provide eco-friendly uniforms for its staff by 2019.