We are committed to taking environmental wellbeing into account in our hotel operations. As an indication of this, Original Sokos Hotel Arina in Oulu has been awarded the Green Key label. Green Key is an international ecolabel.
What does that mean for us?
Our hotel takes care of the appropriate sorting of waste in accordance with the Waste Act and municipal waste management regulations. We have clear sorting instructions for our customers and staff. We have waste sorting points near the garage at floor -2 and at the lift lobbies, allowing you to recycle your waste. The rooms also allow the sorting of various types of waste. The hotel's procurements avoid the use of plastic and favour the use of recycled materials.
Most of our hotel's lights are energy-efficient lightbulbs or LEDs. Additionally, we save energy through the energy optimisation systems fitted in our rooms, as well as a heat recovery system. Our rooms' lights and air conditioning automatically enter energy-saving mode when the room is not occupied. We measure our energy consumption regularly and continuously seek to make it more efficient.
Our rooms are fitted with rain showers that have Green-Key-compliant water consumption volumes. We monitor our water consumption regularly.
Our hotel offers locally sourced food at our restaurants, breakfast, reception shop selection, and minibar products. Additionally, our restaurant menus have several vegetarian options. We also seek to use seasonal vegetables at all our locations. Our restaurants monitor and actively seek to reduce food waste. We reduce the food waste of our minibar and reception shop selections through cooperation with ResQ.
We want to encourage our customers to choose environmentally friendly transport options! At our hotel, you can borrow our bicycles free of charge for the duration of your stay, and our reception can provide you with a bicycle road map and information about local nature destinations. The reception also has a folder with a collection of tips on camping and nature destinations in the Oulu region.
We are engaged in diverse cooperation with local companies and students. The reception shop has a selection of earrings and wool socks from a local artisan, as well as chocolate from a local chocolate shop. We offer students and schoolchildren traineeships and TET positions and have actively participated in school projects related to working life.