The topic of sustainability concerns us all and plays an increasingly important role in the Collegium. Materials and processes are gradually being changed in our company in order to improve our CO2 footprint and thus make our contribution to the environment.
Here you will find a selection of our current measures. However, it cannot and will not stay that way. At this point we will inform you about our progress in the future.
In the past two years we have converted a total of over 1266 lights and lamps to LED technology. With the completion of our room renovation in the summer of 2022, we will then have switched over 95% to LED technology. The remaining 5% in some Atrium and Villa rooms will gradually be exchanged for LED light sources, so that we will use LEDs completely by the end of 2023.
A special cleaning system from Diversey Deutschland GmbH & Co. OHG enables the reduction of cleaning agents through the use of individual dosing and dispensing systems. The high cleanliness and hygiene requirements of our company are implemented with the lowest possible use of bio-based cleaning agents. The agents used contain renewable plant-based raw materials instead of petroleum-based chemicals.
Numerous liters of water, various cleaning and detergents, laundry and electricity are used for cleaning the room every day. In order to reduce these and save resources, rooms are only cleaned on request. If the guest still wants cleaning, he simply lets reception know.
For many years we have relied on the use of soap and shower gel dispensers in the hotel rooms and have therefore given up the use of small disposable packages such as soap, shower gel or shoe sponges. Instead, we use the Hand, Hair & Body Wash from Haus Ada Cosmetics International. It comes in a bottle made from recycled PET, is fully drainable and therefore 100% recyclable and EU Ecolabel certified.
Both the Freis' Restaurant and the coffee stations have professional water dispensers from BRITA SE to reduce the use of bottles throughout the day. Tap water in three different variants is always fresh drinking water.
The ballpoint pens provided in the seminar rooms already consist of 90% recycled plastic and are produced in a climate-neutral manner.
The adjoining meadow orchard has belonged to the hotel since the Collegium was expanded in the mid-1990s. It is leased to a local farmer who tends the fruit trees and mows the hay. This serves to preserve the landscape of the Taunus.
In the Collegium garden, some pine trees had to be felled three years ago due to the bark beetle and the drought of the 2019 summer. In its place came a flowering meadow, which delights our insects and guests.