Go Green or Go Home (to one of our beds!)

We had already switched to paper straws when David Attenborough’s series Blue Planet sparked a national debate over the usage of plastic straws and the lives of turtles. In fact we mentioned in an earlier blog that our take-away cups are now 100% biodegradable, that we sell bamboo toothbrushes in our vending machine and that our showers have push-buttons to prevent water waste. Following this positive stream of efforts towards minimising one-use plastics and preventing ocean pollution, we have taken the pledge to take it several steps further!

Straws are just the tip of the iceberg that is our species’ waste issue. We stopped to have a long hard look at our consumption of non-recyclable packaging and found so much room for improvement. Even as a good recycler, the choice of packaging in the first place is a big game changer! We have recently switched from plastic to glass water bottles behind the bar and would recommend to anyone who can to opt for recyclable glass over plastic. Glass is in fact rather sustainable as it can be recycled again and again! Using and re-using glass saves on raw materials and energy as well as reducing CO2 emissions and landfill!

This little video from RecycleNow explains how glass is recycled in our country: https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-knowledge/how-is-it-recycled/glass

Speaking of recycling, did you know that a lot of packagings  that aren’t recyclable in our usual domestic bins are in fact a reusable material?

Terracycle is a private recycling company headquartered in New Jersey, USA, that now operates in over 20 countries to (quoting their website) “Eliminate the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable””.

They tackle a large range of products from coffee cup capsules to rubber gloves and have created a wide range of products out of this waste. Alongside sponsors they’ve put in place several free recycling schemes, one of which we’ve installed here at NosDa! We collect empty crisp packets and encourage guests to do so and then send them off to be recycled for free! Learn more and see if you, your school or employer can get involved here!

Another culprit can be found in every commercial and non-commercial kitchen: clingfilm. What is clingfilm if not a material with a short kitchen life span and an eternal landfill life expectancy! So, after a bit of research we found this little company called Blossom & Nectar that makes beeswax wraps instead of clingfilm! 
They make lots of useful and wholesome products that are reusable and most-importantly bio-degradable like hand rolled beeswax candles or natural beeswax soaps. Click here to find out more and get kitted out: https://blossomandnectar.co.uk   

Another thing we do to be more green is encourage our staff and our guests to ride their bikes! We have a carpark and charge guests to use it but we will gladly lock-up a bike free of charge! A little bike rental company operates from our hostel too. Owned by cyclenthusiast Pol (pictured), Cardiff Cycle Tours offers vintage style bicycles for hire, see website for availabilities: http://www.cardiffcycletours.com and we also have a Nextbike station 100 metres from our front door. Nextbike came to Cardiff in May 2018 and has experienced an impressive engagement in our city and will be adding a further 55 stations to keep up with demand. Their website tells us that “Cardiffian nextbikers clocked up over up an incredible 411,665km since the scheme launched just 10 months ago – to put that into perspective, the distance to the moon is 384,400km”

Despite having motion censor activated lights and push-button showers to save energy, our 150 bed hostel and popular bar uses a significant amount of energy on a weekly basis so we’ve recently switched to British Gas’s 100% renewable electricity scheme which is independently certified by the Carbon Trust. The Carbon Trust is a world-leading authority on sustainability and carbon reporting. Its mission is to help companies contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency and low carbon technologies. If you own a business and wish to make the switch, all the information you need is on their webpage: https://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/gas-and-electricity/large-business/renewable-energy-for-business

So we aren’t there yet but if not totally green and clean we are definitely keen to do our very best! Forever trying to make NosDa a better place, cheer us on and watch this space!

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Straws are just the tip of the iceberg that is our species’ waste issue. We stopped to have a long hard look at our consumption of non-recyclable packaging and found so much room for improvement!