The time of salads
Once upon a time, 14 years ago, when I was organising first international project in Estonia catering was a true challenge: in the diet of the times most dishes contained meat. Thus meeting the needs of foreign participants with vegetarian diet reminded a lot a scene from a film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” where Aunt Voula can’t comprehend the concept of a vegetarian:
Aunt Voula: What do you mean he don’t eat no meat?
(The entire room stops in shock)
Aunt Voula: Oh, that’s okay. I make lamb.
10 years later, when organising Asia-Europe summer school, life was much easier: catering companies understood and anticipated the wishes of the participants very well.
These days most of the restaurants offer besides meats also healthy salad selections. Furthermore, there are even vegetarian and vegan restaurants, which are easily to find.
Now when visiting restaurants, you can find amazing Instagram-worthy and delicious culinary creations – all based on vegetables. All that was unthinkable back then.
Time for healthy sleep
When it’s easy to find healthy dining options these days, it’s much more complicated to find healthy hotels for sound sleep. It’s not that they don’t exist, but it reminds me finding good salad places 14 years ago.
After more than 3000 nights on the road through the years, I see that despite different labelling and certification programmes it’s hard to make a choice where to stay as a consumer.
I have been to hotels, which grow their own vegetables in rooftop gardens and show the travelling distance of the ingredients in their menues. But I have also seen green-policy claims on paper, but are not implemented.
It’s not just that the room service might ignore your wish to re-use the towels for another day or keep room temperature warmer, to avoid AC use. It’s also hard to imagine why a hotel with green agenda would still offer guests shampoos that cause cancer. Or breakfast without fresh vegetables.
We created Carbonific to find the businesses who walk their green talk, starting with hotels. Stay tuned for next updates what are our findings on this journey.