It's Earth Day
It's Earth Day
Today, we celebrate Earth Day, and this is a great opportunity to review our projects dedicated to protect the environment and live a more sustainable life.
In Slovenia, we are committed to sustainability. For generations we have lived and worked as one with nature and we hope to preserve our green country for generations to come. Here you will find ancient forests, crystal clear waters, unspoiled nooks and remarkable biodiversity.
Let us highlight some of our projects and recognitions, which highlight Slovenia's commitment to sustainable development of tourism:
Slovenia is the first country in the world to have been, in its entirety, declared a Green Destination of the World. A pristine green environment encourages us to act responsibly and protectively. Under the auspices of The Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism (GSST) we implement green policies and create green experiences. This is a tool developed at the national level and a certification programme that under the SLOVENIA GREEN umbrella brand brings together all efforts directed towards the sustainable development of tourism in Slovenia, offers tools to destinations and service providers that enable them to evaluate and improve their sustainability endeavours and promotes these green endeavours through the Slovenia Green brand. Among Slovenia Green holders you will find 58 destinations, 99 accommodations, 4 parks, 8 travel agencies, 6 attractions, 1 beach and 40 restaurants. The sustainable efforts of the restaurants have also been recognised by Michelin, which awarded as many as 6 Slovenian restaurants with their Green Star.
The international network of Mountaineering Villages combines places in the Alps that develop tourism on the basis of their mountaineering tradition, without a major tourist infrastructure and by using a sustainable approach. The network currently consists of almost 30 villages in Austria, Italy, Germany and Slovenia. In Slovenia, two villages are included in the network: Luče and Jezersko.
The generation of large quantities of waste poses a great challenge for popular tourist destinations. Nine Slovenian municipalities joined the Zero Waste Initiative to address the problems they have with large quantities of waste. With systematic work, the municipalities prevented the generation of about 15,000 tonnes of mixed municipal waste and thus saved more than EUR 3 million. Waste is also being minimised at a number of popular local events. Near Bled, you can visit the first Zero Waste Hotel in the middle of pristine nature.
"Less plastic, more sustainability" initiative: as part of the initiative, the STB invites all tourism providers and destinations to sign an online commitment to eliminate the four most problematic plastic items (disposable bottles, disposable plastic jars, disposable plastic food packaging and disposable plastic packaging in hotel rooms) from their business by the end of 2022 and to follow the principles of the "Global Tourism Plastic Initiative".
- The municipalities of Bled and Gorje are the recipients of the first international Zero Waste Cities Certification. They obtained the ZWE certificates on the basis of an assessment by the Mission Zero Academy, which audited the success of the implementation of measures required by the project led by Ecologists without Borders in Slovenia.
- Slovenia strives to minimise its carbon footprint. We wish to offer our citizens and visitors more high-quality alternatives to using passenger vehicles. So, when discovering natural and cultural attractions in the Julian Alps and elsewhere, the use of public transport is promoted as well as other means of sustainable transport: bike or electric car. Check out the options of traveling through Slovenia in a sustainable way.
We also invite you to check out the guidelines and instructions for discovering Slovenia in a green way, which will help preserve the planet for the generations yet to come.
Last but not least, check out the trailer of the Slovenia Green video. For the whole documentary, follow the following link.