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We believe that travel can be a force for good. We see our hotels as a global network of inspiring, forward-thinking spaces that make a positive impact on their surroundings, connect travelers to local communities, and enact gentler ways to move in the world. We aspire to help our Community—our readers, travelers, hotels, and the people who make them—find more meaning from their travels and pave the way towards a more conscious future.

We created 10 Conscious Hotel Principles to measure our progress as we move towards more environmentally and socially conscious practices. 

This is called a “journey” because we know our work is far from done. These principles are here to guide our hotels as they push forward and help you discover inspiring places.

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Architecture

Honoring natural and cultural heritage during construction. Making intelligent use of renewable building materials, the natural environment, and existing architectural heritage to create spaces that are respectful, inspired, and welcoming.

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Waste

Using recycled materials when possible and thoughtfully disposing of waste. Minimizing waste across all levels—including construction, housekeeping, and food and beverage— through sourcing sustainable materials and mindfully disposing of what is no longer needed.

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Energy

Conserving energy through renewable sources and conservation practices. Lowering energy use through renewable sources and green solutions, such as solar panels, LED lighting, efficient appliances, and more.

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Water

Minimizing water waste and offering access to clean water. Conserving water through more efficient fixtures and features, such as water-saving taps and eco-friendly swimming pools, and offering guests and employees easy access to clean drinking water and reusable vessels.

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Products & Produce

Prioritizing local products and ingredients. Supporting the local community and reducing the carbon footprint by purchasing local food and beverage ingredients, textiles, handicrafts, and other products whenever possible.

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Culture

Adding value to the cultural conversation. Respectfully engaging with the local community to create spaces that act as cultural hubs for residents as well as travelers.

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Recreation

Promoting mindful and sustainable recreational activities for guests. Offering sustainable and enriching activities that encourage a deeper connection with the natural environment, the surrounding community, and local partners.

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Accessibility

Encouraging sustainable transportation methods. Promoting sustainable ways of getting to and from the hotel by offering environmentally-friendly means of transport or partnering with relevant companies to do so.

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Healthy Workplace

Offering a workplace where employees can thrive. Hiring locally to build a team that prioritizes gender and racial diversity. Fostering an environment where staff can excel through fair pay, access to education, career development, well-being practices, and an inclusive working environment.

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Communication

Communicating openly about the journey towards a more sustainable future. Sharing the journey towards more sustainable practices and offering clear and explicit communications to guests on ways to support the hotelsenvironmental efforts during their stay.

Our Conscious Eye on
Chetzeron

“We are optimistic that generations are evolving and moving in the right direction.”

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Our Conscious Eye on
Rockhouse Hotel

“When hotels see sustainability is in their best interest, there will be greater commitment.”

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Our Conscious Eye on
Zuri Zanzibar

“We employ local communicators and involve village leaders in our decisions.”

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Chetzeron

“We are optimistic that generations are evolving and moving in the right direction.”

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Rockhouse Hotel

“When hotels see sustainability is in their best interest, there will be greater commitment.”

Concious Eye Zuri Zanzibar 01 A

Zuri Zanzibar

“We employ local communicators and involve village leaders in our decisions.”

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Tools for the Road

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    Offset your carbon emissions Calculate the carbon footprint of your flight and make a donation via MyClimate. Calculate

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    Travel on two wheels Use Spinlister to rent bikes from owners all over the world, consume less, and save money. Rent a bike

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Tools for the Road

Greenbox1 Carbon
1

Offset your carbon emissions Calculate the carbon footprint of your flight and make a donation via MyClimate. Calculate

Greenbox2 Splinlister
2

Travel on two wheels Use Spinlister to rent bikes from owners all over the world, consume less, and save money. Rent a bike

Greenbox3 Hopstop
3

Move like the locals Download HopStop to easily navigate a city’s public transit system, cutting down on emissions from taxis. Download

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Our Intentions at Home

While we work to inspire our hotels to meet new standards, we are also auditing and improving our internal practices at Design Hotels. We have committed to creating new goals for responsible work travel, offering more robust employee education around sustainable practices, and giving our staff one day per year to participate in a social or environmental initiative.