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Reduce, re-use, recycle

Ski green, live green as a family

Reduce is always the first step and one of our favourite maxims at Skiology is “what gets measured gets managed”. And this is central to our quest for Ski Green. Measuring your families plastic waste is as easy as having an empty bag and that is all, this is how we made a 30% reduction in a week and have stuck to it. 50% within a month is easy.

  1. Shopping bags


    Take a shopping bag and place it next to recycling or bin. Tell all who use the bin the plan is to see what waste we contribute so we can make a reduction. If you need to get them on board there is a great David Attenborough clip you can watch here. We told our kids the plan is to reduce plastic in the sea so that it does not kill the fishes.

  2. Check the label

    Tell bin users to religiously study labels on packaging to make sure you are not trying to recycle something you can’t. Be vigilant if it does not say you can recycle it, chances are you can’t since only around 5% of plastics can be recycled. Put anything you can’t recycle into the new bag.

  3. Review

    At the end of a week, review, empty the bag and study together what you find, talk about how the next week you will produce less. Be realistic, take small steps, take a photo for reference, dispose of waste. Repeat and see if anything comes up again the next week and repeat. Do this for a month and you can easily make a 50% reduction

Here is an example of what we found after a few weeks of doing this, and our solutions, we broke items into 3 categories. n.b not posting our first photo as that was embarrassingly a lot!


Ski Green Solution

Food (consumables)
Herbs Buy in bulk from market and freeze. Buy what we can’t buy from market from alternative super market.
Cheese Buy from market
Tortillas Brought a tortilla press to make our own!
Sweets Day on day off with packaged sweets on day off replace with fruit and veggie snacks
Pomme pot Day on day off, having from a jar on day off
Wipes Replaced with biodegradable compostable wipes
Screw packaging Use pick and mix screws at DIY store
Cosmetics Look for suppliers with recyclable packaging

Weekly plastic waste and what we can do about it

We have been doing this for a month now and for us and you need to do this for you as your results will be different depending on what you consume however for us the key learnings are

  1. Once a week seek out sellers who sell without packaging for us the local market. Take your own bags and view these as your bags for life. These are what we have and love.
  2. Once a month(ish) visit a larger store where you buy from dispensers and bring your own containers.
  3. Things you have resistance changing like kids wanting to eat sweets start with every other day then slowly reduce to e.g only sweets on a Sunday.

That is it.

Ski green, Live Green: As a business

At a business level, this is so much easier because we have a set menu and a set shopping list. We simply analyse the shopping list and make the change to help towards our ski green initiative.

This is easily transferable to a family e.g I know that every week we will have toast, cereal, fajitas, roast, spaghetti Bolognese etc so I can proactively make a change with these e.g buying loaves not in plastic bags, buying cereal from the dispensers, not in a packet, making fajitas etc

Our company strategy

Below is our company shopping list from last season with examples of what we can buy and use our own bags for highlighted in orange and all that we need to get without packaging in a second store highlighted in purple. Vegetables are easy to make the change with as they all have natural packaging. However as you can see dairy you can use the dairy counter, meat from the butcher to reduce in other sections etc. If only I could get my family to follow a set meal plan we could implement this too…

Our menu optimised for packaging consumption

You can read a bit more about ski green and what we do as a company in this article in a local magazine.

Ski Green: At an environmental level

Company responsibility at the mountain clean up programme

3.5 of us (Luc at 18-month-old) spent the day as part of the team for the cleanup our mountains programme in Avoriaz this week. This was a chance to see what impact we and our guests could have at a level outside of the chalets.

What we found

I am so happy to tell you that mountain inhabitants and visitors are pretty good at not littering, whoop! The area for development, the item that we all picked up 90% of the time is cigarette butts. These take over 100 years to decompose and can choke animals. Surprisingly many more cigarette butts were in the resort than in the mountains. So if you do smoke please use the ashtrays in a resort. Or at any lift, you can ask for an ashtray and you will be given a free lovely branded souvenir to take with you and keep.

Rest assured

If you are coming on holiday with us, rest assured we don’t believe in putting any of our beliefs on our guests. This is all stuff we do in the background and never to our guests discomfort, no one wants to think of or discuss packaging on holiday!