GREEN WITH A SMILE
When we created Hotel Pincoffs we had the desire to make it a sustainable hotel. We reused a monumental building. We took all kinds of measures and followed our hearts. We took care of your comfort and our green mission.
We cherish what the world has to offer. Our boutique hotel is driven by the heart. Hotel Pincoffs is therefore awarded with the Golden Green Key, the highest level of the international ecolabel.
Last year the hotel won the Gaia Green Award for Dutch sustainable hotels.
- At the beginning of this year, we planted trees on behalf of our guests for the second time with Hotels for Trees.
- By joining the Made Blue Foundation, we as a hotel have become more aware of our use of water. Clean drinking water for everyone is the main goal for Made Blue. For every filled bottle of hotel water, we donate drinking water to countries where water is not self-evident. Anyone who showers or bathes with us is given the opportunity to donate 100 liters of clean water to a family for whom clean drinking water is a luxury. A gift of water.
The things we do for creating a better place:
- We are Green Key Gold certified (2022-2023), Ecoleader at TripAdvisor and winner of the Gaia Green Award for Hotels
- Creating a greener Rotterdam trough small green initiatives. We have made a small urban garden on the quay next to the hotel
- Our motto is Green with a Smile. Corporate social responsibility is useful and fun. Where possible, we try to share with our guests how we can do better together for our living environment
- We continuously work to reduce the environmental impact and increase the sustainable character of our company. By actively striving to reduce waste flows and our consumption of gas, water, electricity and fossil fuels
- We continuously work on improving our own purchasing process and focus in particular on goods and services that are sustainable, preferably provided with a recognized environmental and / or sustainability and / or social quality mark
- We serve organic meat products
- We serve organic milk products, eggs and bread
- Tea (Mr. Jones) and coffee (Giraffe from Rotterdam) are organic + SKAL certified
- Organic cane sugar and organic coffee creamer or soy milk (also for the lattes and cappuccinos)
- Participation in the Hotels for Trees Foundation. Every time when a guest of Hotel Pincoffs skips the room cleaning during a stay of several days, we have this foundation plant a tree. This is done by the professionals of the Dutch company Trees for All. The goal is to plant one million trees per year in all hotels by 2025.
- Joining the Made Blue Foundation, clean drinking water for everybody in the world
- Participation in Dopper Wave, a program against the use of plastic bottles. Our hotel has been free of plastic bottles and bottles since 2020
- By joining the Made Blue Foundation, we as a hotel have become more aware of our use of water. Made Blue strives for clean drinking water for everyone in the world. For every filled bottle of hotel water, we donate drinking water to countries where water is not self-evident. Anyone who showers or bathes with us is given the opportunity to donate 100 liters of clean drinking water to a family for whom water is a luxury. A gift of water
- Use of The Good Roll. These are toilet paper rolls that are sustainably produced and support the construction of toilets in countries where toilets are not a given. This program is run by Simawi
- Our bathroom products are organic: Grown Alchemist
- Sweet spreads are organic, Fair Trade or locally produced as much as possible (Rotterdam Confiture)
- We have our own sustainable table water for the brasserie, meeting rooms and hotel rooms, which means we have far fewer bottled mineral water transported
- Organic house wine and whiskey
- Organic soft drinks and juices
- Sustainable meetings in our rooms
- We have planted two thousand of trees in Panama to compensate a part of our CO2 emission between 2010-2016
- We were a proud sponsor of the Floating Forest in Rotterdam Rijnhaven, at walking distance from the hotel (2017-2021). At this moment the Floating Forrest is a part of the Floriade exhibition in Almere
- Our furniture is largely circular. It consists partly of recycled materials and antiques with a second life
- We have sustainable duvet covers (organic cotton and Fair Trade quality mark)
- 100% Green power (electricity)
- We use heat pumps for warming and cooling the rooms
- All rooms can be individually heated and cooled
- 100% 'Green' gas (forest compensated by energy supplier)
- Energy-saving lighting (LED)
- Energy-saving glass in monumental building
- Water savings according to Green Key standards
- Sustainable printing
- Responsible use of paper (quality mark and active reuse of paper)
- Environmentally friendly cleaning products
- Anti-allergic and environmentally friendly carpet, awarded with a certificate from the EU Environmental Audit.
- Extensive waste separation into 10 fractions
- Our orange peels are reused to make orangello
- Our coffee grounds are reused as a breeding ground to grow mushrooms
- The staff is involved in our way of doing business and propagates the idea of Green with a Smile with verve
- We actively keep ourselves informed of CSR developments within our profession and make an active contribution to the transfer of our knowledge about this to employees and others who want to learn the trade.
- We inform our guests, employees and suppliers about how we do corporate social responsibility
- We make transparent agreements with third parties about the quality of our product and how we monitor the quality
- We maintain the building using sustainable materials
- We keep a careful record of all our consumption
- In addition to the financial impact, we also determine the social and environmental impact of our product and limit any negative impact as much as possible
- We contribute to social goals through donations, sponsorships and volunteer work
- We are active in training secondary school students in the field of hospitality and corporate social responsibility
- We are a sponsor of Rotterdamsch Geluid, which informs students about their own living environment in Rotterdam
- Our working method is checked annually and certified by Green Key every other year
Green with a Smile - Hotel Pincoffs
Edwin van der Meijde & Karen Hamerlynck