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8 HI Hostels in Flanders awarded with Green Key

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HI Hostel De Peerdevisser in Oostduinkerke, Belgium, has received the Green Key certificate for their environmental performance. The Green Key is a worldwide eco-label awarded to leisure organisations which are performing well in terms of the environment. On December 12, 2016 the hostel was one of the five new laureates in Flanders to obtain the label. Seven other hostels from HI Belgium – VJH maintained their Green Key.

A green hostel by the sea

Hostel De Peerdevisser is hidden in a quiet neighbourhood, close to beautiful sand dunes and the beach. It’s ideal for an active holiday at the Belgian coast. Hostel manager Steven Desmet welcomes a wide variety of guests in his hostel: “Given the location, we have a lot of cyclists and hikers who want to escape their daily environment and get a breath of fresh air. As a “cycle friendly” accommodation we promote the use of bicycles as much as possible. Besides families and individual guests we also welcome a lot of groups. For Belgian schools we offer special programs – together with the local Marine Eco Center - to encourage a greater knowledge, love and care of the ocean and in general of the environment.”

Green efforts

“I live and work by the sea, so I’m well aware of the climate change. As a hostel, we try to do our bit in different ways. By sorting our waste for example and raising awareness amongst our guests. We also use water-saving showers and taps, low-energy light bulbs, ecological cleaning products… I’m really happy our efforts got rewarded with a Green Key, but we’re not stopping yet. It’s an ongoing process. Next year, for example, we will replace our boiler with a more efficient and eco-friendly one.

8 Green Keys for VJH

Hostel De Peerdevisser was one of the five new laureates in Flanders to obtain the label. In total 119 Flemish tourist establishments received the label this year. Among which 8 hostels of the Flemish Youth Hostel Association (VJH). Besides the new Green Key for Oostduinkerke, the following hostels managed to maintain the quality label:
•    Pulcinella in Antwerpen
•    De Ploate in Oostende
•    De Zandpoort in Mechelen
•    ’t Schipken in Geraardsbergen
•    Hostel H in Hasselt
•    De Blauwput in Leuven
•    Bed Muzet in Lier

Thumbs up for all these hostels and their staff!

How can you get a Green Key?

A Green Key stands for the promise to its guests that by opting to stay with the Green Key establishment, they are helping to make a difference on an environmental level. To obtain the eco-label, a business has to fulfil a list of environmental requirements based on a number of set criteria. Since the Green Key is awarded for one year, the establishments get evaluated each year by an independent jury. This way, they are motivated to keep up their efforts for the environment.

The list with establishments with Green Keys can be found on the international website of

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