The Green Key label lets our visitors know that the company is committed to reducing its environmental impact. From garbage sorting and food waste collection for farms to more economical consumption of electricity and water - the goal is to leave as small a footprint as possible. Lydia Hotel's activities have been documented through an impartial audit by the international leader of Green Key, the Foundation for Environmental Education.
Lydia Hotel can also be conveniently reached by two-wheeler - it is one of the greenest modes of transportation and a good way to reduce the environmental impact we cause. Thanks to the bicycle circulation project of the city of Tartu, everyone can conveniently rent either an electric or a regular bike and go explore the city of good ideas. You can find more information about the Tartu Smart Bike Share and bicycle parking lots near the Lydia hotel HERE. The city of Tartu offers wonderful opportunities to enjoy greenery and walking in the parks right in the heart of the city. Lydia is located next to Pirogov Park, where you can walk to the picturesque Toomemägi. From the hotel, you can go across the road to Barclay Square, which leads directly to the world full of history, to the Barclay de Tolly monument.
We believe that even small steps have a big impact. Especially when we consider the environment around us and taking care of it. We have replaced our usual washing products in the hotel room with Rituals brand products. A brand that is much loved by our guests. The new products are in a bigger bottle, so we generate less packaging waste every day.
In addition, we replaced the cardboard coasters in the hotel rooms, which are now made of silicone - so they are washable and reusable on a daily basis.
In order to continue our journey towards a greener environment, in 2022 we replaced the hotel information, which has been on paper until now, with a QR code-based information transmission system.
This way, you can easily get information about breakfast, spa lounge, fitness room, pillow selection and many other necessary things - also to make the stay here even more comfortable for our guests.
We are consciously more and more on the way to sustainability and of course, we also include our lovely guests in our green journey. One step at a time our sustainability journey is to reduce the generated garbage - including reduction of food waste.
Our hotel's breakfast rich selection has always received praise and therefore we want to carefully store our good food so leftovers would not end up in the trash. In cooperation with Green Tiger, we carried out the campaign: "Trust your gut feeling - it is always right!", with which we recommend taking a suitable portion of delicious food at the breakfast table to enjoy it calmly and later increase if necessary - this is how we have already made a small contribution. From 2023, Lydia Hotel and Restaurant Hõlm switched over to the consumption of eggs only from free-range chickens.
In addition to food waste, we also want to reduce emerging paper waste. For this purpose, we have created an opportunity for guests to read an online newspaper Postimees for free using Lydia hotel's WiFi.
We have also created garbage sorting possibilities in the common areas of the hotel in order to introduce a green lifestyle among our guests as well.