Sustainable glamping accommodation for hotels and camping operators

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Nachhaltige Glamping Unterkunft – STROHBOID

Among travellers, glamping tents as sustainable accommodation are more in demand than ever. Glamping is becoming increasingly popular, with another trend emerging in the form of eco-glamping. The topic of sustainability not only plays a major role in everyday life, but also in the choice of holiday.

Camping is in itself an eco-friendly way of travelling, especially when compared with package holidays in far-flung places. Providers such as Good Travel or Airbnb offer ecological camping in several destinations throughout Europe.

But what defines an environmentally friendly, sustainable glamping accommodation? As a glamping provider or campsite operator, what can you do to make a family's stay in nature as environmentally friendly as possible?

What makes a glamping accommodation sustainable?

An increasing number of people is trying to live a more sustainable life: They do without a car, use resources more carefully, shop regionally and seasonally and separate their waste. They choose to live consciously for the sake of the environment. Why not do the same when travelling?

What is glamping? Glamping is type of holiday spent in nature – whether in the forest or by the sea – where nature lovers get their money's worth.

The designs of sustainable luxury accommodation, be it a tent, yurt, a mobile home or a tree house, are adapted to their natural surroundings. Ideally, they are produced in a climate- and resource-saving manner, preferably making use of renewable energies such as solar energy.

Glamping holidays in a rental accommodation do not require you to get on a plane; you can easily reach your destination by car or train. Once there, you can explore the surrounding area by bike or on foot.

Raw materials used

In order to keep the ecological footprint as low as possible, natural raw materials should be used. Tent tarpaulins made of natural fibres create a pleasant indoor climate.

Renewable materials such as wood not only look great, they are also durable and stable. They keep an accommodation's carbon footprint low, because wood is extremely sustainable:

It keeps growing and can be sourced without the need for much energy. In addition, when growing, wood binds CO2 from the air. The wood used should come from certified, local forestry.

Regional creation of value

If possible, sustainable hotels and glamping accommodations should be built from regional products. The raw materials should come from Europe in order to keep transport routes short and avoid large amounts of CO2 emissions.

Production should take place close to the end user's location. On the one hand, this saves long journeys while on the other hand it secures jobs in the region.

Minimal interference with nature

When building a glamping site, there should be as little interference with nature as possible. This means that in case of the pitch being set up in a wooded territory, trees should only be cut down if absolutely necessary.

Earthworks should be limited to the bare minimum. The construction method should be well considered; it could be on stilts in order to have as little space as possible sealed. The design of the luxury accommodation or of paths should blend into the surrounding nature and wild animals should neither be driven away by construction nor by subsequent use.

Maximum usability

The materials used for the construction of luxury accommodations should be robust and durable, allowing for many years of use and making the most of the resources available. In addition, the tents should be usable all year round in order to allow for winter glamping. If tents are equipped with cooling and heating systems, nothing should stand in the way of a glamping experience in winter.

3 sustainable accommodations for glamping that you should know

If you want to offer your guests a camping holiday that is as environmentally friendly as possible, you should opt for sustainable glamping accommodation. In the following, we will introduce three eco-glamping providers.

Natural carriages by Nawalo

The North German company NAWALO GmbH manufactures natural carriages, lodges and bungalows from sustainable, FSC-certified woods on the Baltic Sea. The designs are based on circus carts or witches' houses and are intended, for example, for campsites, amusement parks, the boutique hotel industry or forest kindergartens. There are turnkey basic models without interior furnishings up to full versions including furnishings, seating area, double bed, kitchen, shower and toilet.

NAWALO products are very durable thanks to their natural and robust construction. All shell constructions, including the façade and windows, are made of 95% wood. The sustainability of the materials is as important as their longevity.

Eco-Lodges by Woodspace

As the company's name suggests, the renewable raw material wood also plays a major role at Woodspace, a company based in Austria. Their holiday homes are designed according to the wishes and needs of each customer. They are made from Austrian spruce wood using log house construction techniques. They can be single- or multi-storey buildings consisting of one or more modules, with or without sanitary facilities, canopy, terraces or exterior paint.

The tiny houses are delivered ready for occupancy from the production facility in Austria and produced to the highest quality standards. In the case of buildings consisting of several modules, the modules are assembled on site to form an entire building in no time. Thanks to screw foundations there is no need for concrete and since there is no need for soil sealing, the original condition of the soil can easily be restored.

Sustainable glamping tents by STROHBOID

One of the most sustainable glamping tents comes from STROHBOID. STROHBOID's exclusive outdoor hotel rooms stand out with their design and innovative lightweight construction. STROHBOID also builds with wood, but the renewable raw material is only used sparingly. The regionally sourced LVL wood lends an incomparable appearance to the luxury tents while providing maximum stability.

Thanks to the materials used and the ingenious production method, STROHBOID's glamping tents are even climate-negative. With the Simple and Basic models, you can incorporate your own interior design. The Comfort model, on the other hand, leaves nothing to be desired and is ready for occupancy right away.

Sustainable glamping holidays – what you should pay attention to

Here are some points you should pay attention to when it comes to sustainability in your glamping resort:

  • Efficient use of energy
  • Promotion of sustainable and nature-friendly energy production
  • Avoidance of soil and water pollution
  • Considerate use of water
  • Protection of biodiversity and nature-friendly design of facilities
  • Consideration of nature and the environment when offering leisure activities
  • Promotion of sustainable mobility
  • Waste prevention and optimisation of material cycles
  • Preference of regional products and service providers
  • Environmentally friendly cleaning and avoidance of hazardous substances

If you make an intensive effort to offer sustainable glamping, this can be rewarded with an award such as the one awarded by Ecocamping. Let your guests, employees and the public know about your commitment.

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Fritz Walter

DIPL.-ING. Fritz Walter

Gründer, CTO