How to be a Responsible Traveler?
71% of global travelers saying that they want to travel more sustainably over the coming 12 months, which is a 10% increase over the company’s 2021 data.
With 81% of travelers confirming that sustainable travel is important to them, half of all respondents cited that recent news about climate change has influenced them to make more sustainable travel choices.
Eco label for glamping Kolpa resort:
In year 2022 our glamping has joined the green scheme and obtained the Green key certificate.
The Green Key award is a leading standard for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry.
This prestigious eco-label represents a commitment by businesses that their premises adhere to the strict criteria set by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
A Green Key stands for the promise to its guests that by opting to stay with the Green Key establishment, they are helping to make a difference on an environmental level. Green Key is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 3,200 hotels and other establishments in 65 countries.
Green directions for visiting Slovenia - 14 tips for green travellers
Welcome to Slovenia, a land known for its pristine natural environment and the efforts to keep it that way (resource: Slovenia Green Association):
Please follow these tips and explore Slovenia in a sustainable manner.
Help to preserve the delicate balance in natural areas by keeping to the existing paths and trails. Cycling or walking outside the established paths can undermine the biotic balance.
Respect wild animals. When you enter their territory, please be alert. Do not attempt to feed wild animals and keep your distance. Be respectful towards domesticated animals as well.
Use public transport and explore new places on foot or by bike.
Be romantic without stomping on grass and picking flowers. Meadows bursting with wildflowers feed honey bees, our dear heroes of pollination.
Did you know that Slovenia is known as the heart and soul of beekeeping in Europe?
4. Use environmentally-friendly soaps and cosmetic products (including sunscreen) that do not damage delicate natural ecosystems.
5. Avoid unnecessary energy use. Don’t leave lights and electronics on when you leave your room. Use air-conditioning sensibly. Opt out of daily bed changing and room cleaning.
6. Recycle, Reduce and Reuse. Make sure you separate your waste and deposit it in designated places.
When visiting natural areas, take your rubbish with you to the next settlement, including cigarette buds.
7. In Slovenia, you can drink tap water of excellent quality wherever you go. Please use a reusable water bottle and avoid using single-use plastic bottles.
Refrain from using plastic straws and cutlery, and pack a reusable bag.
8. Help us preserve Slovenia’s rich water resources by opting for a quick shower instead of a bath, and by turning off the tap while brushing your teeth.
9. Respect locals and their culture. Don’t invade people's spaces by taking photographs without asking, being unnecessarily noisy or dressing inappropriately.
10. Learn a few Slovene words and bring out smiles among locals.
hello = dober dan
thank you = hvala
how are you? = kako ste?
this is good = to je dobro
I love to cycle = zelo rad kolesarim
11. Remember, our actions can have a big impact on the world while we travel. Make sure it is a positive one. Experience Slovenia’s diverse cuisine and support local farmers by ordering food made of seasonal local ingredients.
12. Buy local. Support local craftsmen and artists by purchasing products directly from them and showing appreciation of their work.
Opt for locally made handicrafts instead of mass-produced souvenirs.
13. Combat overtourism by avoiding overly visited tourist spots. Instead, explore hidden corners of less visited destinations and enjoy truly authentic experiences.
14. Educate others to be responsible travelers. If you see someone unintentionally harming the environment or local culture, mention something in a friendly way.