Sustainability is an all-encompassing-term that we have a lot of respect for. What does it mean to The Circus? To take an ethical approach to all aspects of our business and recognising the impact – both positive and negative – of what we are doing to our surroundings.
Our concept of sustainability
All our staff members are fully legal with regards working papers and permissions, they each have full social and health insurance and are paid a reasonable wage. Our prices are predictable and are calculated – we believe – fairly. We are committed to, and support, outside partners – such as for repair and maintenance – that are local owner-operated companies from the neighbourhood. We like to know and develop a personal relationship with our business partners. We are aware of the impact of tourism on our local neighbourhoods, and so we work with the local neighbourhood project Initiative Rosenthaler Platz, especially when it comes to the cleanliness and appearance of our surroundings, but also through involvement in community events and meetings
Towards a green environment
We try wherever possible to minimise the environmental impact of our business. We know that there are limits – both financial but also in terms of the buildings themselves. Although the apartment house was newly built and therefore meets all modern environmental building standards, the hostel and the hotel are housed in old buildings which have their limitations.
The following policies are consistent across all departments of the company:
- We purchase green electricity from the power company, which comes from 100% alternative energies that are C0² free.
- All papers used in the houses are recycled.
- Approximately 80% of lamps are fitted with energy-saving light bulbs.
- Lights in the hallways are fitted with timers to reduce unnecessary usage.
- All departments in the hostel, hotel and apartments have implemented a strategy to reduce unnecessary waste, especially when it comes to packaging.
- All waste created is separated for recycling.
- None of our houses have air-conditioning, and this is a deliberate policy. We believe that in a city with the climatic conditions of Berlin it is an unnecessary burning of resources.
- The hostel and the hotel buildings have a combined heating and power unit which utilises waste heat to increase energy efficiency and reduce the need to purchase electricity.
- Solar voltaic panels have been installed on the roof of the hotel to generate electricity.
- Our rooms and apartments have no mini-bar, which saves energy.
- Our bathroom products are supplied by a small, traditional organic manufacturer I+M Naturkosmetik.
- The full renovations of the hotel building (2008) and the hostel (2010) allowed us to improve the wall insulation and the energy-efficiency of the windows.
- The apartment building on Choriner Straße is a new-build, and therefore follows the protocols of the newest energy efficiency standards (2009). This includes aspects such as state-of-the-art insulation which prevents energy loss. This means that the “energy balance” (calculated per square metre) is incomparably positive when compared to older buildings.
What do you think?
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about our sustainability policies, we would love to hear from you. Reducing the impact of tourism on the environment, creating a positive impact on the lives of our staff, our guests, and our surroundings, and the concept of responsible and ethical travel in general, will always be a partnership and there is always room for improvement, so please do let us know what you think.