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Qbic is Green

At Qbic we genuinely believe in being an eco friendly hotel. That’s not just your typical marketing blurb talking. We know that everything we do has an impact somewhere down the line, including on our guests. We want that impact to be as gentle and small as possible: a tiny little environmental footprint, not a great big stomp.  We are Platinum Level GreenLeaders on TripAdvisor. See what that means.

So here’s what we’re doing to make Qbic the greenest hotel in London:

  • Electric Car Charging Points
  • We installed solar power in our initial refurbishment.
  • We generate part of our own electricity via solar panels on the roof.
  • We recycle different kinds of waste such as plastic, paper and glass, with the help of a partner company.
  • All the lighting in the hotel is LED and energy efficient.
  • When you walk down the corridors or into your room you trigger a sensor that switches on the lights, which then turns off once you’re gone.
  • The bedroom lights only work when the key is put in the door, so lights can’t be left on for hours when nobody’s home.
  • Water provided in the rooms in London is filtered. We don’t buy in wasteful plastic water bottles.
  • Our cleaning products are 100% chemical free.
  • All our showers cleverly mix in air to reduce water use (without compromising power – don’t worry, it’s still a great rain shower).
  • We stock natural, environmentally friendly toiletries that are not only luxurious, but also help to provide access to water to communities that don’t have it
  • Our mattresses in London come from a company called Natural Mat and are handmade using only organic and natural materials such as lambswool, cotton and coir fibre.
  • We have a towel and linen reuse programme to cut down on unnecessary washing.
  • We work with eco-friendly local charities:
    • Bikeworks work with local organisations to tackle social and environmental challenges in London using bikes. They’ve fitted us out with 10 recycled bikes which guests can borrow to go on their own tours of London. The bikes are branded with the Qbic and Bikeworks logos.
    • Cafe Art is a London based initiative that aims to reconnect people affected by homelessness with society through Art. We have given them space in our London hotel basement to run the charity from as well as showcased some of their artists work.

And here’s what we’re doing to make Qbic the greenest hotel in Amsterdam:

  • We are Green Globe certified. Green Globe is the global certification for sustainable tourism.
  • Electric Car Charging Points.
  • We make use of 100% green electricity and generate electricity via solar panels on the roof.
  • We recycle different kinds of waste such as paper, with the help of a partner company. Cartridges, toners and mobile phones are collected for recycling with benefits for a good cause via Eeko.com
  • 98% of the lighting in the hotel is LED and energy efficient.
  • Guest rooms are fitted with energy-savers: you can only turn on the electricity by using your room card. This way there is no unnecessary use of energy and even the water tap is shut down.
  • There is a cogeneration plant so the building is heated energy efficient.
  • Bottles of Earth Water are available from the vending machine. They donate 100% of the net profit generated by selling their products in order to finance water projects. Money is invested in sustainable water systems in areas in which these are needed most.
  • Our cleaning products are 100% chemical free and have an eco-label.
  • All our showers cleverly mix in air to reduce water use (without compromising power – don’t worry, it’s still a great rain shower).
  • We stock natural, environmentally friendly toiletries that are not only luxurious, but also help us avoid waste by the use of dispensers instead of single packaged items.
  • Our towel and linen reuse programme cuts down on unnecessary washing.
  • We work with eco-friendly local charities.
  • The fresh fruit available at Qbic Amsterdam is delivered fresh by a company called Fruit Full. Everytime they deliver a big basket of organic fruit, they plant a tree in a third world country.
  • We serve fair-trade coffee and tea. On our breakfast buffet you will find many local, organic and fair-trade products. To avoid waste, we do not make use of single packaged items (except for butter)
  • We have a paperless check-in and check-out policy. The bill will be e-mailed to guests, unless requested otherwise.
  • We are member and sponsor of “Natuurmonumenten“. This society protects flora and fauna in the Netherlands.
  • Every employee has had sustainability training.
  • All necessary health and safety measures are taken in the hotel; equipment is checked and maintained professionally. Our employees are trained on a regular basis. Moreover, they can make use of benefits for private use (e.g. discount sports club and health insurance).
  • Our suppliers agreed to support us with our sustainability efforts and have all signed a specific form to acknowledge this.
  • Qbic hotel Amsterdam is easily accessible by public transport as it’s located next to a train and tram station. Tram tickets are sold and bike rental is promoted.

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