Knitting vacation in Reims, France

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Responsible tourism: Knitting vacation in Reims, France

Environment

Bergere de France are a brand who understand how important sustainable development is, and have in recent years developed a new range of "Recyclaine" yarn which is made from more than 60% of fibres which they have recycle themselves, and the "Ecoton" yarn which is manufactured entirely from recycled fibers and recovered materials.

We've chosen to travel by Eurostar to Paris on this trip, not only does this dramatically cut CO2 emissions but it also gives travelers the opportunity to observe their surroundings en-route.

We're very selective when it comes to choosing the right hotels for our trips, one of the reasons we so often work with the Mercure brand of hotel is their 'Planet 21' accor sustainable development programme. The programme consists of 21 commitments to sustainable development - something that the Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale proudly follows.

We have introduced a number of initiatives in our office to try to reduce our impact on the environment. We have moved away from large printed brochures to a web-based approach and encourage customers to view information via our website and through online brochures. If customers require a brochure for this particular vacation we can print on demand the relevant flyer(s) thus reducing waste. Any waste paper is recycled and we also separate our general waste from recycling and have a recycling bin collection.

Our Travelers' Code includes advice on how to minimise water consumption when on vacation and we give advice on which types of shampoo, soap and so on will have the lowest impact on the environment of the country being visited.

Community

In our Stitchtopia vacations, we always seek to meet with local groups who share our customers' interests. The tours are selected because they visit places which are renowned for their connection to yarn or textiles; thus our customers are keen to visit these places in order to purchase locally produced materials and to better understand and learn the traditional techniques. The workshops set by our experts will always reflect the place that they are visiting and gives our groups the opportunity to put what they've learnt from locals to practice.

We impress upon our suppliers that it is important to us that they seek to hire local guides to lead our tours. We always recommend that travelers experience the culture whilst on the tour such as the three UNESCO world heritage sites that Reims has to offer. Our tour managers and guides will always be on hand to recommend locally owned restaurants and shops in Reims to visit.

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