The threat posed by climate change and the need to preserve natural resources are some of the most important issues facing us today. At Red Carnation, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to confront these problems head-on, and have instituted a Green Team to investigate and implement the ways we can contribute to this global process.
These vary from large-scale initiatives – such as a clear policy on recycling, installing solar panels to provide energy and dimmer switches to conserve it, and finding ways to reuse waste water for flushing toilets and watering plants – to apparently trivial responses like reusing scrap paper as notepaper.
We are committed to our community and dedicated to social responsibility. Supporting local charities, conservation, preservation, nature, heritage and green initiatives including the personal development of each member of the Red Carnation team, is at the heart of everything we do. Red Carnation Hotels are proud to partner with the Treadright Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, working to help ensure the environment and communities that travellers visit remain vibrant for generations to come. #letstreadright
Our Latest Green News
Here at Red Carnation Hotels we have committed to the banning of all single use plastic straws used within our properties. In London alone, some two billion plastic straws are thought to be thrown away each year in our city, making London the plastic straw capital of Europe.
We want to help lead the way in switching to biodegradable alternatives and play our part in consigning single use plastics, starting with straws, to history.
As part of our continuing sustainability journey, we feel it’s increasingly important to provide our guests and our team with the necessary tools and information to allow them to make responsible travel choices whenever possible. With this in mind, we are now happy to provide you with opportunities to carbon offset your travel experience.
THE CAPE LEOPARD TRUST, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat has been a major sponsor of The Cape Leopard Trust since the project launched in 2004, working to find solutions to human-wildlife conflict through a long term research and monitoring project with an interactive and dynamic environmental education programme.
PRESERVING 800 YEARS OF IRISH HISTORY AT ASHFORD CASTLE
Since purchasing the iconic Ashford Castle in 2013, Red Carnation Hotels have invested $75 million in a two year meticulous restoration and enhancement programme to restore the castle to its former glory and preserve this historic property for future generations.
BREATHING LIFE BACK INTO THE URBAN LANDSCAPE
Standing at 350 square metres and with a total of 10,000 herbaceous plants, the striking Living Wall at The Rubens at the Palace provides a wildlife habitat; helps keep the hotel cooler in the summer and warm in the winter and improves the air quality and aesthetics in this part of London.
PROTECTING SAN ROCK ART DATING BACK 10,000 YEARS
With over 130 unique rock art sites, some as old as 10,000 years, Bushmans Kloof has been dedicated to protecting this extraordinary treasure which may be viewed by guests, archaeologists and researchers. The Bushmans Kloof Heritage Centre offers an insight into the lives and culture of the ancient Bushman people.
Supporting Good Causes
ME to WE
ME To WE is part of WE, a family of organizations making doing good, doable. WE is made up of WE Charity, empowering domestic and international change. A social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences to help directly benefit their local communities and the world, their teams in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have provided more than 1 million people with clean water, built 1,000 schools and schoolrooms overseas, and empowered more than 200,000 children with access to education.
The new chocolate bars to be sold in the hotels have been voted the best chocolate in Ecuador. It is ethically sourced, benefits cacao farmers and gives back to WE Village communities – supporting education, health and food programming.
PACK FOR A PURPOSE
Red Carnation Hotels is a proud supporter of Pack for a Purpose - which encourages visitors to pack medical items, pens, toys and more for local communities and help to make a big impact on the lives of children around the world.
THE STARLIGHT FOUNDATION
The Starlight Children's Foundation is a special organisation that Red Carnation Hotels whole-heartedly supports. It is dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously and terminally ill children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK - entertaining over half a million children every year.
THE AMY BIEHL FOUNDATION
The Amy Biehl Foundation is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to prevent youth violence through a holistic approach to youth and community development in socio-economically disadvantaged communities.
National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
We are proud that Ashford Castle and Bushmans Kloof are part of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, which includes some of the planet’s most treasured places, while helping to protect them for generations to come. They embody values of authenticity, enrichment and a dedication to preserving our planet’s diversity. The guest experience they offer invites visitors to connect with the destination in a meaningful way.
Green is The World
The Green Team
Each Red Carnation Hotels has its own Green Team on property charged with implementing new intiatives and policies that benefit the environment as well as the local community.
Every team is passionate about the subject and keen to spread the word throughout the entire hotel staff, using unique and entertaining ways to raise awareness.
The Milestone Hotel Green Team produced this funny film that does just that, we hope you enjoy and learn something about the small things that make a big difference too!