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Albergue Santiago de Caminha

The Albergue Santiago de Caminha operates in Portugal. Actions implemented on plastics reduction include: eliminating single-use bed sheets individually wrapped in plastic, eliminating distribution of amenities, such as single-use plastic bottles with shampoo and liquid soap, no longer providing plastic items like dishes, cutlery, cups or straws, providing containers for separating and recycling all the plastic brought by pilgrims (guests), buying large-capacity containers of detergents to reduce packaging, and using large reusable bags for purchases. 

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In the framework of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, Albergue Santiago de Caminha commits to: 

  • Eliminating problematic and/or unnecessary plastic from rooms, bathrooms, kitchens by 2023. Albergue Santiago de Caminha is also working with suppliers to eliminate the order and delivery of laundry in plastic bags, and working to create awareness among guests to reduce the usage of plastic bags during local grocery shopping. 

  • Introducing reuse models or reusable alternatives in bathrooms, kitchens, and cleaning services by 2023. 

  • Engaging the value chain to provide data on recyclability and compostability of plastic packaging to facilitate the move towards 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025 by engaging suppliers and regulators, and establishing procurement criteria. Work will be conducted with suppliers to tackle the problem of unnecessary and single-use plastics, particularly dry cleaners who send their laundry packaged and collected in huge plastic bags, to move towards use of baskets and cloth bags. 

  • Taking action to increase recycled content across all plastic packaging and items used by engaging suppliers and regulators, and setting a 2025 target of 75% recycled content on average by weight. 

  • Collaborating and investing in increasing recycling and composting rates by providing training and means for staff to improve waste sorting, and engaging with waste service providers. 

  • The main impact project of the Albergue Santiago de Caminha is aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of the Camino de Santiago, upstream, during and downstream: upstream, by working with suppliers to reduce unnecessary and single-use plastics, looking for more durable and responsible options; during, with a constant effort to reduce the usage of plastic and collecting it for proper disposal; and downstream, with the Green Pilgrim program, which raises awareness of the problem of plastic as abandoned waste on the Camino. 

  • Reporting publicly and annually on progress made towards these targets via own platforms.