Greengage’s accreditation recognised Native for “embracing environmental sustainability excellence” at both its Scottish properties located in Glasgow and Edinburgh, receiving an ECOsmart Gold Award for 2021/2022.
ECOsmart is an industry standard accreditation that is awarded to hotels and meeting venues that demonstrate an eco-friendly service approach in five key areas: energy and water conservation, waste management and recycling, rooms and facilities, food and beverage, and corporate and social responsibility.
Native, which already operates a ‘Reuse, Reduce, Recycle’ policy and zero waste on single-use plastic, was recognised in particular for turning food waste into biofuel, offering 100% compostable bin bags and offering fully biodegradable, organic coffee pods from The Eden Project from its Edinburgh property.
At its Glasgow site, it eliminated almost 30,000 plastic bottles through a partnership with local independents Mossgiel Milk and ethically sourced Glasgow coffee roaster – Dear Green, to offer coffee through sustainable practices. The organic milk is supplied and refilled on-site using reuse and recycle methods, reducing landfill and cutting the hotel’s single-use plastic use down by 100%.
Speaking about the award, Gary White, Scotland regional manager at Native aparthotels, said: “We are committed to our drive for sustainability at our properties here in Scotland. It’s an incredible team effort and we’re really proud to have been recognised in our bid to lower our carbon footprint.
“At both our properties here in Scotland, we are very eco-conscious and ambitious in our plans to deliver eco-friendly yet stylish accommodation for our guests.”
Andrew Perolls, CEO of Greengage Travel and Event Solutions, added: “Native is leading the way with sustainability in Scotland. It’s our pleasure to reward their imaginative approach to maximising the sustainability of their properties with the gold level ECOsmart recognition.”