Chalets Stand Against Plastic

Chalet company AliKats Mountain Holidays have joined the battle against the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic in the world

Since establishing their company – which now runs ten chalets in Morzine – in 2011, founders Al and Kat have been conscious of keeping plastic usage to a minimum. Over the years, they have refined their techniques and now follow these simple, but effective, procedures: buying organic cleaning products in bulk and refilling existing containers, as well as purchasing food with minimal packaging or having it delivered in reusable crates.

When asked for comment, Al Judge of AliKats said:

“We have a responsibility to do our best to reduce single use plastics in the chalets so we undertook a complete end to end assessment of our business to identify where we these were being used. We have made changes to many areas including the suppliers we work with and our kitchen processes and although this often means spending more, we think it is worth it.”

New for this season, Al and Kat will be giving every guest a reusable water pouch for the slopes, replacing plastic toothbrushes with bamboo ones (for guests that have forgotten to bring their own) and substituting all plastic washing-up brushes with ones made of natural materials.

AliKats owners Al and Kat provide their guests with reusable water pouches (pictured above), for use on the slopes

In the wider battle for our planet, the company continue to come up with new ways to minimise carbon emissions, including using LED lightbulbs whenever possible, running the central kitchen off a wood-pellet boiler and offering incentives to clients who arrive by train.

Guests are able to opt in or out, of meals or even go completely meat-free for the whole week, with Kat’s delicious vegetarian menu. In addition to this, Al and Kat make sure all the food purchased has travelled the minimum food miles, which is helped by buying local produce and shopping for food that is in season.

AliKats Mountain Holidays recycles all glass, plastic, cardboard and tin when possible, provides pocket ashtrays for smokers to dispose of cigarettes properly, and composts all organic matter from its central kitchen. By 2019, the company hopes to expand this composting to every one of its kitchens, and provide eco-friendly uniforms for its staff.

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