At Hotel Botanika Uppsala, we have seen the benefits of creating a circular and sustainablestay.
Environmental goals-Create sustainable events that make Botanika an inspiration in sustainability forlocal people in Uppsala-Operate a biophilic hotel where plants and cutting are at the centre of ouractivities-Reduce our carbon footprint by reducing our consumption of electricity, water, waste,chemicals and transport from 2022 to 2023
Environmental policyAt Hotel Botanika Uppsala we have chosen to break down our working areas into:
1. Bar and restaurant operations:Here we focus on raw materials as the biggest source of emissions and reduce these bychoosing green, vegetarian options, locally produced and reduced transport distancesand saving food waste
2. Hotel operationsWithin our hotel operations we have chosen to be a green hotel with a plant profile whichmeans that we grow our own plants, have plants in all hotel rooms and an insane amount of plants inour social spaces to contribute to a better planet. We work on environmental policy byfocusing on how we can reduce our emissions of energy, water, transport, chemicalsand waste. We also want to be inspirers in Uppsala through sustainable events.
3. Social sustainability:In social sustainability, we work on who we employ, who lives with us andwho is visible in our media channels.
Action PlanWe are continuously working to implement our environmental objectives with this action plan:
Bar and Restaurant:
Save foodBotanika is part of the "Too Good To Go" app where in 2020 we saved 50 portions of foodand hope to quadruple that by 2021. The app sells food with a short expiry date athalf price to make the most of food and reduce waste.
Food from the plant kingdomOn our menu, we work as much as possible with non-animal productsto reduce our carbon footprint. We have a wide range of vegan andvegetarian options and our chefs actively work to create an appealing rangethat is largely from local produce with a focus on the plant kingdom.
Choosing localAt our breakfast we work with a Nordic buffet to promote local produce thatpromotes our region and country and to cut down on long transportation. Our ingredients aremostly from Sweden. Purchases of food and drinks are always based on local andSwedish wherever possible with regard to product and price.Local selection of drinksWe are proud of our local partnerships in the bar where we actively invite localbreweries and spirits suppliers to guest play with us and to offer MasterClasses. We offer local beer, wine and tonic and try to choose European spirits.
We grow our own!We mix our drinks the "Nordic way". Instead of topping a drink with a lemon or lime slice from the other side of the world, we top it with fresh thyme, rosemary andmint grown locally, even as local as our backyard!
Renewable energy and energy-efficient solutionsOur hotel will be powered by renewable energy and we are currently working towardsrunning the hotel on its own solar energy. Energy efficient LED lamps will be used and replacedwhen replacing light sources. We have carried out an energy declaration in quarter 1, 2022, toreview the energy system together with our suppliers. Tuning ofheat exchanger is completed. We have carried out a project to reduce electricity consumptionin our ventilation system together with AirTeam.
Biophilic designWe are currently working on establishing an in-house greenhouse to growstickligar and fresh herbs with plants in all public areas and in our rooms. Thishelps to capture carbon dioxide as plants are the environment's best friend.
Sustainability eventsWe work with sustainable events that support local businesses. Our spring markethighlights "slow businesses" that work with circularity, recycling and sustainability in focus. Weorganise swap days based entirely on recycling clothes, books andplants. We organise these events in cooperation with Slow living Uppsala whoare passionate about a more environmentally friendly Uppsala.
WasteWe are currently working on the construction of an environmental station that will be ready by quarter 42022. We are virtually free of unnecessary plastic products. We sort our rubbish as well asoffering a source separation station for our guests.
Reducing environmentally harmful chemicalsOur soaps and shampoos for guests are organic products with as few chemicals as possible. The chemicals we use are environmentally classified as red, yellow andgreen, depending on their impact on people, animals and the environment.
Saving waterIn 2020, we have installed water-saving showers and taps and toilets toreduce water use.Reusing towels and changing linen is only done after the guest stay unlessotherwise requested by the guest, this to save water and energy.Sustainable supply chainsThat suppliers are environmentally certified and work to clear environmental targets. Where we have not yetfound sustainable suppliers, we are actively working to replace them with more sustainable companies.
We work actively to promote Swedish tourism and attract domestic hotelguests. This reduces long travel distances by air for our travellers as they mostly come to Botanika by train and car.
Reduce transport distancesThrough carefully thought-out ordering procedures and joint purchasing of goods, we reduce the number oftransports to the hotel. We choose mostly Nordic goods as the right product selectionreduces global deliveries.
Social sustainability:We welcome everyone!We are a multicultural meeting place where both our employees and guests should feelwelcome regardless of their origin or orientation. As Hard Rock Café says, "Love all,serve all!"Employment for those who are far from the labour marketThrough internships, work training and job introductions, we provide opportunities for people whoare far from the labour market or at the end of their careers to work with us.