The future’s green at Holiday Extras

Holiday Extras held a Green Challenge Week at its Kent base at the end of July to support The Travel Foundation’s Make Holidays Greener campaign, and the company’s new environment initiative.

‘Team Environment’ organised a daily green challenge for the 300-strong office between 30 July and 3 August, posting messages on the company’s intranet site and displays around the building. Challenges included a paperless Monday; travel-to-work-another-way Tuesday; energy-saving Wednesday; and a recycling swap shop on Thursday. On Friday, the team focused on ‘Community’. They organised an indoor farmers’ market and cookery school in partnership with Haguelands Village and joined forces with ‘The Travel Foundation’ to promote sustainable holidays.

The new team consists of volunteers from across Holiday Extras who are passionate about making a difference to the planet. They are working to make the travel add-ons provider more environmentally-aware, in addition to their main job roles.

Carolyne Creed, Head of Learning and Development at Holiday Extras, said: “Team Environment was set up earlier this year in response to huge demand within the company. Since we launched, we’ve established our overall aims and planned our objectives for 2012.

“Our focus is on recycling, saving energy and community responsibility, with even the simplest changes – such as recycling tea bags in the team kitchen and turning off lights in unused meeting rooms – making a difference.”

David Cowell, speaking on behalf of The Travel Foundation, said: “It’s great to see a travel company embracing the challenge of making our industry more sustainable. By supporting Make Holidays Greener every year and running The Travel Foundation donation scheme, Holiday Extras is proving that it’s possible to consider green issues whilst running a profitable travel business.”

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Photo captions: David Cowell from Sandgate, who works with Holiday Extras on behalf of The Travel Foundation, mans his stall

Monday – Paperless office challenge
Tuesday – Travel to work challenge
Wednesday – Energy-saving challenge
Thursday – Recycling challenge (swap shop)
Friday – David Cowell’s visit on behalf of The Travel Foundation and Haguelands’ indoor farmers’ market

“Team Environment aims to partner with Holiday Extras teams and the local community to foster a working environment that inspires each of us to make a difference in how we treat our planet. We strive to educate and therefore encourage people to be green at work.”

Holiday Extras’ customers donate around £25,000 a year to The Travel Foundation as part of the company’s donation scheme.

For more information about The Travel Foundation and Make Holidays Greener:
www.travelfoundation.org.uk