Sustainability and protecting the environment
At Alan Rogers Travel, we’ve introduced a program of eco-friendly initiatives designed to reduce the environmental impacts of both staff and customers. Find out how.
LOVEGreen is our sustainability and environmental initiative aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of our team and office. It covers things like who we work with and how we operate internally as well as how we communicate with our customers.
We've set up a dedicated Green Team to oversee and continually improve the program.
Our four-point plan
As part of the program, we've produced a four-point plan which covers our commitments and targets. We promise to:
- Continuously improve our environmental performance and integrate recognised environmental management into our business operations.
- Give due consideration to environmental issues when sourcing resources and reduce our consumption and improve the efficiency of those resources.
- Manage waste generated from our business operations incorporating reduction, re-use and recycling principles.
- Comply with all relevant environmental legislation as well as other environmental requirements and work towards targets set both internally and by the UK Government.
Working with green partners
Eurostar introduced its environmental policy in 2007. The 'Tread Lightly' plan sets out the company's goals and procedures in accordance with the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement and includes targets relating to energy efficiency, reduction of plastic waste and other waste and commitments to sustainability. You can find out more about Eurostar's Tread Lightly plan here.
Campsites While we'd love more campsites to implement eco-friendly measures, we don't control or manage any sites. However, we are seeing more sites introducing eco facilities and other green initiatives. We are planning to launch an 'Eco' badge for campsites that meet our strict environmental criteria. You can read more about this below.
Mixam print our brochures, and they feel just as strongly as we do when it comes to the environment. All our brochures are printed with vegetable based inks on sustainably sourced FSC® accredited paper. When you've finished with your brochure, make sure to add it to your household paper and cardboard recycling box.
Stephens & George print our guide books. The paper used is sustainably sourced FSC® accredited paper, they are also members of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC.) Of course, we hope you keep hold of our guides for many years, but once you've finished with them we suggest donating them to your preferred local charity.
Parcel Monkey We use Parcel Monkey to compare and post parcels via courier services. For each parcel shipped with them, they plant one tree. You can learn more about their progress and initiatives via Ecologi.
In-office recycling and sustainability procedures
Recycling We've introduced plastic, aluminium and glass recycling initiatives alongside our current paper and cardboard recycling program. We aim to cut our office waste by over half.
Food Waste In September 2019 we launched new measures to tackle office food waste.
Paper Use A new paper-lite policy has been introduced to cut down our reliance on paper within the office. Our Worldwide Team have rolled out an app which allows customers to access all travel documents, tickets, maps and information via their smartphone.
Other Recyclables and Efficiency Measures We recycle all our spent batteries, used printer and franking machine cartridges and empty coffee capsules and we've switched all our traditional fluorescent tube lighting to more efficient LED tube lighting.
Redundant Computer Equipment We donate all of our old or unused computers and equipment to Computers4Africa, a charity which aims to lift Africa out of poverty by providing the next generation with the technology and support to work in a global environment.
Staff Events Throughout the year we host various events for staff including our annual summer BBQ. We wanted to make sure our staff could let their hair down whilst still partying responsibly so we've swapped out plastic cutlery for wooden cutlery and ditched the single-use plastic cups and plates for reusable plastic alternatives. Over the Christmas period, we encourage staff to avoid buying single-use or novelty gifts for each other and recycle all cards and wrapping paper.
What changes will I see?
While a lot of the changes we're making are internal, you, as a customer, will also see some changes, although they may not be so obvious.
Customer Travel Packs Most of our travel packs are now sent electronically. We may occasionally send items to you in the post. Standard envelopes can be recycled with your paper and cardboard, envelopes with windows can also be added to your paper recycling as the plastic window is removed at the processing plant. We're in the the process of switching over to paper-free travel packs and customer literature.
Guide Orders Our current stock of polybags are made from 30% recycled material. We're currently looking into alternative packaging for sending out guides and other printed material. Strengthened paper envelopes are the most likely options but we need to look at durability and protection as well as cost efficiency.
Cotton Tote Bags If you've visited the Alan Rogers stand at the Camping, Caravan & Motorhome Shows at Birmingham's NEC then you'll have noticed that we've eliminated plastic bags. We've replaced them with sustainably-sourced cotton tote bags; they're stronger, reusable and environmentally friendly.
What we're working on right now
We're currently implementing some significant changes behind the scenes on our website. We've rolled out some new fields on our campsite portal which allows campsites to demonstrate their eco credentials. Capturing this information will take time to build, so you won't see any immediate changes on the website just yet.
We're capturing information including:
|Eco site awards||Energy Management||Waste Management||Nature Management|
David Bellamy Conservation Award - UK
EcoCamping - DE
Clef Verte - FR
Green Key - DK
EV charging points available
Air / ground source heating
Reduced water consuming toilets
re-use of rainwater
Ecological waste water management
Communal composting facilities
Biodegradable soap / chemicals used in toilets
Reduced use of single-use items
Responsible land management (limited or zero use of fertiliser, no outflows into rivers, etc)
Insect hotels and preservation of natural habitat
Wild areas of land (i.e. not mown or managed - wild flowers, etc)
Once we've got enough information to publish, we hope to introduce 'Eco' badges for campsites that meet a strict yet-to-be-determined criteria. We're also looking into adding filters that will allow you to sort sites depending on their eco credentials.
Our Worldwide team have launched an app which allows customers to access their travel packs (documents, tickets, maps, information and other literature) via their smartphone. This eliminates the need to print travel packs which saves paper, postage and planet! If this initiative is successful, we hope to roll out similar systems for our Rallies service and European Tours department.
Our team, together with our parent company and other partners, are currently putting together further plans on how we can fight climate change. We will be adding to our LOVEGreen policy in due course.
The steps we take may be small, but each and every one counts towards a greener and healthier future.
The LOVEGreen Team
Chief Green Guru
The driving force behind going green. Ben has worked with us since 2014 as a designer and is a keen green guru. He strives to be as planet-conscious as he can, introducing a range of initiatives to the office with the aim of reducing our footprint.
Ben has worked hard on our recent miniguide projects, championing inclusiveness, raising awareness and opening travel to all.
Rob is our General Manager, making sure the day-to-day running of the office goes smoothly. He assists Ben in implementing ideas and changes - sometimes its hard to keep up!
Green Number-Crunching Guru
Alison is our Finance Manager and helps out with our green initiative when she's not making pretty spreadsheets! She finds the best-value, kindest-to-the-planet resources for us.
Green Tech Guru
Whilst Roland is a tech fanatic, he is also very considerate of the environment - he's even got an electric car! He makes sure that the office tech is as efficient as possible and helps dispose of old equipment in a planet-friendly way. He's always got new ideas for the team!