Jersey is constantly looking to develop ways to live sustainably and in harmony with the natural environment. Their ambition is to be a carbon neutral island by 2030, and there are many more ways for eco-conscious travellers to enjoy an island break whilst leaving a light holiday footprint.
Travel with conscience: Since 2019, for every flight easyJet operate, they offset the carbon used in fuel by offsetting in projects that include the planting of trees. In 2019 also, Condor Ferries reduced the use of plastic across its fleet by replacing with compostable and re-usable products.
Self-propelled power: Hire an electric bike with EVieBike and keep tabs on the emissions that you avoid by logging onto the Evie app. Once you’ve finished your rental you will be informed exactly how much CO2 you saved per journey!
Stay sustainable: If you’re looking to stay somewhere that really takes their environmental responsibility personally, the Seymour Group (Merton, Pomme d’Or & Greenhills) have been recognised with the Jersey Hospitality Association’s ‘Green Award’ due to their commitment to environmentally friendly practices. Alternatively, for luxury with a conscience, Longueville Manor’s ‘New Leaf’ sustainability programme is dedicated to protecting the surrounding environment, while other Green Tourism stays include the Radisson Blu Waterfront and Monterey Hotel.
A refreshing exchange: We all know the strain our oceans are under from plastics and other disposables. In Jersey, you can exchange a filled bucket of plastic and rubbish for a satisfying free hot drink as a reward for your efforts at a number of beach outlets. Participating outlets include Rhona’s in the quaint village of Gorey or Kismet Cabana in Ouisane.
Drink responsibly: If you want to sample a local cocktail with a responsible rum or a guilt-free gin, be sure to take a trip to the Channel Island Liquor Company, where they produce unique premium hand-crafted gin and rum, in very small batches. They don’t use any plastic around the top of their bottles and they invest part of their profits into beach cleaning initiatives. If you prefer something hoppy, try the local Stinky Bay Brewery. Once they’ve brewed, they take the leftover grain to the local dairy farm to be used as feed for the famed Jersey cows.
Do it yourself: If you’re self-catering, fuel up on some sustainable sustenance. Try out the Sustainable Co-operative, who are committed to creating a more sustainable supply of food and provide waste-free, packaging-free organic produce. Get a real taste of the island at local farm-run roadside stalls where you leave payment in an honesty box, for details explore the Hedge Veg interactive map. Alternatively, if you fancy the catch of the day, check out one of the ‘pop up’ locations around the island.
You are what you eat: If you don’t fancy cooking, try out The Watersplash, an accredited member of Plastic Free Jersey; for sustainable seafood, local fisherman Josh at The Jersey Catch, supplies both Drifters and the Atlantic Hotel with fresh scallops. Don’t miss Jersey Pottery Restaurants including the Crab Shack, the Oyster Box and Banjo which have made a conscious move to reduce their reliance on carbon fuels.
Green attractions: The Jersey National Park aims to protect, conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage within its 2,145 designated hectares. In addition, a number of local activity providers have been awarded the Green Tourism Gold Standard, these businesses include: La Mare Wine Estate, Valley Adventure Centre, Jersey Heritage sites Hamptonne and La Hougue Bie, and Jersey Kayak Adventures together with Jersey Walk Adventures.
Support the cause: The conservation charity, Durrell headquartered at the world-renowned Jersey Zoo, is one of only three organisations in Jersey to achieve the Gold standard in the UK’s leading sustainable tourism certification scheme. Jersey Zoo began as the first ever conservation-themed zoo and 60 years later, this animal haven is the natural place to see some of the world’s incredible creatures.