Responsible Sustainable Tourism
At Totally Sorted Sports we take these issues seriously, but also believe that every one has their own individual choices to make regarding responsible tourism and environmental policies.
We won’t be prescriptive and build in compulsory costs into our prices for, say, recycling or carbon offsetting, as we are aware that many of our clients make their own arrangements and that would lead to “double charging”. Instead, we give you the option, as well as some advice on our sustainable & responsible tourism policy.
Whenever oil based fuel is burnt for flights, trains, cards, ferries etc it releases an amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) back into the atmosphere. Carbon Offsetting works by performing a calculation to estimate the amount of CO2 produced by a specific activity, then investing funds to absorb or prevent the emission of a tonnage of CO2 equivalent to that activities unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions. This is done by investing in projects that save energy emissions (efficiency-based offsets) or that absorb atmospheric CO2 (forestry-based offsets).
To off set the CO2 produced by your holiday with ourselves, we have calculated an average based on a typical UK (Gatwick) return flight to Malaga, return transfer to Almuñécar and internal activity transfers via diesel vehicles to around 560kg (sadly over 520 of this is the flights…). This calculation is, of course, an approximation, but we feel it is a qualified, valid, amount based on careful consideration and recommend you to offset your C02 by this amount if you are interested.
Water is a scarce resource here – in fact Europe’s only official desert is just to the east of us in Almeria. You can easily help reduce usage by the following simple steps:
- Washing & tooth brushing – Please do not use a running tap into the basin – use the plug for washing
- Toilets – Please use the half flush buttons when provided, and do not flush unnecessarily
- Showers – Please use the shower rather than bath where possible
- Towels – Please only submit for washing when necessary
- Electricity – Please do not leave air conditioning on when not in your room. The plant is designed to swiftly lower the temperature and it’s not necessary to leave it running “for later”.
If in self catering apartments, please only boil the amount of water needed for your tea or coffee. Equally, please use the economy / cool wash and half load buttons on the washing machine as appropriate.
A large element of responsible tourism is waste management. Spain habitually recycles most of their waste and therefore only has a small capacity nightly waste food collection service. Remember – two litres of good wine in the Bodega is approx. €5 and you can refill the bottle as many times as you wish!
You will find the following containers around every town & village:
- Yellow – Cans, tins, bricks (“bricks” are the waxed card cartons that milk, cheaper wine, cooking sauces etc come in) & plastic waste. Please squash down plastic water bottles and then reseal them in order to minimise the space they take up.
- Green – All glass ware, jars & bottles
- Blue – Paper & cardboard
- Red – Clothes, fabrics, shoes
- Maroon – Used cooking & motor oil
- Please re-use plastic shopping bags as much as possible, and at the end of their lives give them a final curtain call or two as bin liners.
Help keep the weight of your baggage down by removing any unnecessary packing or wrapping from toiletries etc and leaving it at home.
Local products & supporting the local economy
Please make the most of local produced drinks & produce, especially if self catering. This in itself, rather than purchasing imported goods at the large supermarkets, helps the local economy, and reduces the environmental impact of transporting imported foodstuffs. Our municipal market has an excellent variety of the freshest local grown produce and now even has a thriving organic section.
Paper free office
We strive to conduct as much of our booking and administrative processes as far as possible as “paper free” processes. To those ends we no longer produce printed brochures by default, due to the environmental impacts of the paper production, ink processes and transportation impacts (even a small stack of paper brochures are very heavy and thus use a lot of fuel to transport). We instead now use PDF e-brochures, which can either be read on-line, saved to your PC to be read later, or printed locally if needed. We can also supply PDF fact sheets on certain activities if required.
We specialise in families, small groups and individual bookings. The maximum group size we normally cater for on any single activity is usually less than twenty. Keeping group sizes small helps reduce the impact on the local infrastructure, while ensuring you get a personal and tailored service.
As part of our terms & conditions of booking, we ask all our clients to consider that laws and local customs and standards of what is right and reasonable behaviour, as well as dress sense, may well differ from those in their native countries.
Wherever possible we will give local current advice on any political or other “hot topics” that may be sensitive areas, as well as any guidance on religious or other sensibilities.
We operate a “zero tolerance” policy on drug abuse and anti social behaviour; If a client is under the influence of alcohol or drugs they will be refused participation in activities.