The Green Room Surf Alliance is committed to establishing best practice standards in the surfing industry. Therefore, we are promoting our MINIMUM STANDARDS
Green Room Standard 1 – Mobility
Customers should be advised to organize their journey to the camp in a way that minimizes the Ecological Footprint (whenever possible use trains and busses, flights should be CO2 compensated). The camps themselves will carry out this idea too for their staff. If possible, it should be avoided to offer beach transfers by car. Alternatively, bikes are the best option to get to the beach in a healthy and environment-friendly way. To make things as easy as possible the CO2 compensation is already included in the booking.
Green Room Standard 2 – Food
To create awareness for healthy food, the camps should offer a broad range of fresh
meals in preferably organic quality, including vegetarian / vegan options in order to
reduce the Ecological Footprint. According to this approach footprint information
about each and every meal should be given to the clients, especially to show the
impact of a meat based diet. Seasonal fruit and vegetable from local providers
should be preferred.
Green Room Standard 3 – Waste
Independent from local regulations all camps should work with an own recycling
concept. Waste management should also focus on life cycle assessment with the
overall objective of closing the loop. This concept will already start with avoiding
waste on any given chance:
▪ Instead of using plastic bottles every day, the clients will get the chance (and will be convinced of this idea) to use their own drinking bottles. All Green Room Surf Alliance members will get the chance to buy drinking bottles for their clients for a fair price.
▪ Use of lunch boxes instead of paper / aluminum for the daily lunch at the beach. All Green Room Surf Alliance members will get the chance to buy lunch boxes for their clients for a fair price.
▪ Create awareness by offering weekly beach clean ups with all surf camp clients. These clean ups will be documented and spread through social media. ▪ Use of green products. Examples could be: Eco surf board wax, boards with environment-friendly / recycled materials, wetsuits with less neoprene / neoprene-free wetsuits.
▪ It will be highly appreciated if camps work with the upcycling concept, especially for used boards and wetsuits.
Green Room Standard 4 - Energy, heating, cooling
Whenever possible, the use of green electricity should be preferred. In cold environments, overheating should be avoided, in hot areas, air-conditioning should be minimized...
Green Room Standard 5 - Conscious consumption
Clients should be advised to only buy what they need. Turnover should rather be increased by selling more services than by the consumption of unnecessary goods (e.g. the 10th wetsuit, surf board or bikini)
Green Room Standard 6 - Awareness campaigns
The websites of the Green Room Surf Alliance members will contain a section with information about a greener live and what everybody can do to minimize their ecological footprint.
Green Room Standard 7 - The rule of proximity and fostering regional partnerships
For all mentioned points the camps should try to involve regional partners. The communities can be part of the beach clean ups and sustainability campaigns around the camps and surfing routes.