At Danhostel Copenhagen City, we want to create a hostel where we are responsible about ecology, the environment, recycling, food waste, sustainability, etc. That is why we have implemented the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in our daily operations and strategy. All of our initiatives follow the overall manifesto of the Danhostel cooperation.
We have worked for many years to improve sustainability and we are constantly investing in new sustainable projects. Scroll down to see our actions, which are still becoming more and more.
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In 2019, we have installed Aguardio sensors in our bathrooms. It helps our guests remember to take shorter baths to save on the water.
The average European use about 40 liters of water when taking a shower. It takes on average 6½ minutes. At our hostel you can use your new sensor to time your shower. If you are faster than the 6½ minutes, you have helped save water.
This initiative supports UN global goals 6, 12 and 13
Made of 100% recycled plastic
In 2020, we had these nice umbrellas designed for our guests to rent when living here. The umbrellas are made in collaboration with DripDrop Hotel Umbrellas, a system that not only keeps our guests dry on rainy days, but which also reminds our guests to return the umbrellas, so we avoid having to produce too many.
The umbrellas are made of recycled plastic and are of such good quality that they last for several years. The plastic is the so-called post-consumer rPET polyester, which would otherwise end up in the sea or in landfills.
Read more about the cool umbrellas here
This initiative supports UN global goals 12, 13 and 14.
Recycled plastic and cork
In 2019, we replaced all our pens to ecological and reusable pens made of recycled plastic and cork.
This approach supports UN global goals 12, 13 and 14.
In 2013, ENCO Plumbing replaced all hoses and shower heads at Danhostel Copenhagen City's 196 rooms, which has resulted in us saving 30 million liters of water in seven years. In addition, we have conserved energy needed to heat the water.
See a video on the project here
This approach supports UN global goals 6, 12 and 13.
CO2 neutral produced from 100% recycled plastic
In the fall of 2019, we have replaced our already environmentally friendly water bottles with an even more environmentally friendly water bottle.
The bottles are produced with CO2 neutral electricity (2/3 hydropower and 1/3 wind power). The fossil fuel (natural gas) used is compensated with recognized emissions and thus made CO2 neutral.
The bottles are produced by the Danish manufacturer, Husum Water, which produces a quantity of electricity equivalent to approx. 20% of our electricity needs. Overproduction from this is used to heat their buildings.
This approach supports UN global goals 12, 14 and 17.
In 2018, we started weighing our food waste in the restaurant. For all the deposit wagons in our restaurant we have installed a weight that weighs all that is thrown out. In this way we make our guests aware of the amount of food that we waste. Furthermore, we can get an overview of how much waste we contribute with at our hostel which can help us with a more sustainable food supply when purchasing. This initiative has also given us the idea to purchase smaller plates and platters for our food at the buffet.
This approach supports UN global goals 2, 12 and 13.
In collaboration with Copenhagen Bicycles
Since 2011, we have offered bike rental to our guests. In this way, guests are encouraged to cycle around Copenhagen instead of taking fuel-intensive vehicles such as cars, taxis, buses, etc. while being encouraged by the healthy alternative.
The bikes are rented out in collaboration with Copenhagen Bicycles.
This approach supports UN global goals 3, 9 og 17.
Delivered by the Danish manufacturer Fossflakes
In collaboration with the Danish manufacturer Fossflakes and De Forenede Dampvaskerier, we regulary replace all our duvets and pillows with new ones. The duvets and pillows were last replaced in the late summer of 2021.
Fossflakes are inspired by the ability of down and feathers to hold on to air. A Fossflakes pillow is a blend of 70% of the finest Fossflakes Essential (polyethylene) and 30% Fossfill Clusters (polyester ball fibers).
This approach supports UN global goals 3, 13 and 17.
In collaboration with Digital Guest
Since 2018, we have used the solution Digital Guest, which contains tailor-made info for all our guests before and during their stay. So, a couple of days before arrival, the guest gets access to a tailored page with information for your specific stay with us.
It saves us a lot of paper and is at the same time a versatile service solution for our guests, as all information is gathered here, such as maps of Copenhagen, vouchers, event calendar, taxi booking and general information about check-in and check-out, etc.
This measure supports UN global goals 9, 13 and 15.
Do you dare eating bugs for breakfast?
At our hostel you can try the popular "Bugs for Breakfast" initiative as part of our breakfast buffet with sustainable food of the future, insects that are spicy and prepared for a delicious snack. We have had insects on the menu since 2017.
There are many good reasons to introduce insects into everyday kitchen, as they are packed with proteins, fiber, healthy fatty acids, and all the good minerals your body needs.
We cooperate with Bugslady.dk and use the suppliers Kalu A/S and Dininsektbutik.dk, both approved by the Food Authority.
This measure supports UN global goals 2 and 13.
When our furniture needs to be replaced (furniture, quilts, etc.), we give it to relief organizations that help the poor and vulnerable.
In addition, we donate forgotten clothes when our guests don’t want their forgotten items back. Guests can easily tell us to donate via our “forgotten items”-form online.
We prioritize using smaller plates and bowls in our restaurants to avoid food waste.
We weigh our food waste with weights at the deposit wagons in the restaurant.
We work with Too good to go to reduce food waste.
We also donate, when we can, excess food to the vulnerable in the local environment (homeless, poor, etc.)
We have had non-smoking rooms, dorms and common areas for years. And we try as far as possible, and wherever possible, to take into account allergens - e.g. we have allergy-friendly duvets and pillows in every room.
We offer activity events for our staff.
We support the annual marathon races in Copenhagen.
We offer bike rental to our guests - and also provide bicycle routes and walking routes to our guests.
We offer ongoing activities for guests as well as staff at e.g. to offer yoga lessons at our hostel.
We strive for a continuous development process with our employees, and relevant training is offered to the staff.
We have free wi-fi for all our guests.
We host many schools throughout the year and thus also contribute to a different learning in a different environment than the usual schools.
At Danhostel Copenhagen City, gender segregation is offered in all dorms.
Several years ago, we replaced shower heads and hoses with environmentally friendly ones so no wastage arises when using water.
Aguardio water sensors are installed in all our bathrooms to encourage our guests to conserve water and resources.
Ongoing: When replacing light sources we switch to LED bulbs. We focus on light, heat and other energy-intensive sources. This also applies to our choice of partners and suppliers.
In all rooms we have installed censor-controlled lights in the hallways and shared toilets to avoid unnecessary energy consumption.
Employees are taught energy-saving initiatives and have full or partial influence on new projects.
We prioritize working with local players in experiences, attractions, trade, restaurants, transport, etc., including particularly sustainable suppliers.
We provide free Wi-Fi.
Free loan of tablets.
We offer bike rental and contribute to the development of local cycling and walking routes in Copenhagen via the port network.
We instruct our guests to use public transport.
Danhostel's core product is a safe environment for communities that encourage togetherness. Our guests are of all nationalities, and we have handicap-friendly and child-friendly rooms. We welcome everyone, and we strive to treat everyone with the same respect and service.
We already partner with a number of local companies (including Luggage Hero, Too Good To Go, DripDrop, etc).
We continuously establish more collaborations with local players in experiences / attractions, trade, restaurants, transport, etc.
In addition, we strive to strengthen the local storytelling and local attractions.
Our waste handling focuses on prevention, reduction and recycling.
We offer reusable plastic bottles for water.
We use eco pens.
We have replaced plastic straws for a sustainable alternative.
We offer umbrellas of 100% recyclable material.
In the kitchen, we reduce meat consumption by offering alternatives such as salads, vegetarian dishes, etc.
We also offer "bugs for breakfast" at our breakfast buffet so our guests can supplement their breakfast with insects.
We will eliminate disposable plastics and reduce our consumption of plastics in general, e.g. plastic straws are abolished and we use cork eco pens.
We recycle our packaging from our linen bags in collaboration with our supplier DFD.
Where possible, detergents have been replaced by less environmentally harmful substances. More products will be changed continuously as soon as we can.
Our guests receive general information through our digital customer portal, Digital Guest. This approach saves us some paper.
In 2019 we supported the Danish initiative "Plant a Tree", where we bought and planted 500 trees in Denmark.
At Danhostel Copenhagen City we welcome everyone regardless of gender, religion, disability and ethnic background, this applies to both employees and our guests.
One of our qualities is our diversity among our employees. We are widely represented and to date we can count up to 15 nationalities in our staff.
Our guests come from all over the world, and our facilities are both child- and handicap-friendly.
We continuously support initiatives and collaborations that strengthen the sustainable goals for development. We have participated in various fundraising campaigns for poverty in Africa, fighting Cancer, Christmas Aid, Plant a Tree, and more...
We also help strengthen collaborations across the entire Danhostel organization as well as local tourism cooperations, e.g. projects with VisitDanmark and WonderfulCopenhagen.