UK: Short-let property management company City Relay is aiming to disrupt the unsustainable nature of travel by integrating a number of eco-friendly initiatives.
The company provides a fully managed service for London homeowners wishing to rent out their property for short stays. It handles everything from housekeeping to maintenance while guests occupy homes and offer a 24/7 guest support service in line with a five-star hotel concierge.
Now, City Relay is integrating sustainable initiatives into its day-to-day operations through partnerships with like-minded brands such as:
• City Relay is providing guests with 100 per cent recycled ‘Who Gives a Crap’ toilet paper, where 50 per cent of profits are used to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world
• Cartons of water from One Water, who fund clean water projects around the world, are supplied to guests
• The Eden Project supplies City Relay guests with organically grown coffee pods, where every part of the packaging material is 100 per cent compostable and recyclable
• For laundry and cleaning, Ecover is supplying City Relay with biodegradable, plant-derived cleaning products that are good for homes and the environment
• Eco Boutique is providing natural origin products that come in 100 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles that can be recycled again after use
City Relay says that the initiatives mean that staying in one of its managed properties is 63 per cent less polluting than staying in a hotel.
Eco-friendly changes are also being noticed in transport, with the introduction of electric vehicles, including vans and company cars. City Relay’s Reception Spaces are also a member of the app, Tap, which allows members of the public to find nearby ‘refill stations’ to reduce the number of plastic water bottles being purchased.
The company says it ultimately wants to lead the way in helping hosts and guests contribute to a more environmentally sustainable future.
For more information, visit the City Relay website here.