Say HI to Sustainability
Content submitted by Hostelling International – Yousra Makanse
Submited Date : 21/08/2018
Say HI to Sustainability!

Say HI to Sustainability is a HI (Hostelling International) Sustainability Exchange project. This is a cooperation between HI Norway and HI Brazil, funded by the Norwegian governmental organ FK Norway, which is a part of the Norwegian foreign affairs ministry.

The aim of Say HI to Sustainability is to foster sustainable travel, gathering and sharing valuable tools and ideas to create a Sustainability Strategy around the Hostelling International network. focusing on the importance of local products, services and activities. The project will run over a 3-year period and each year two participants from Brazil and two from Norway will have the opportunity to work and learn about sustainability in the partner country. Thus, the project is a mutual exchange of knowledge between the participants and hostels.

It is important for us to always learn about, as well as promote and educate as many people as we can about sustainability. We do this by presenting our project to the hostels we travel to, as well as participating on events that might be beneficial to the project, such as for example World Travel Forum. This gives us the ability to reach several businesses and people at once, as we are always looking to expand our network. Since this is a project funded by FK Norway, mutual exchange between countries is a large part of our project. Therefore, all participants are actively trying to understand and grasp our new host countries, learning the language and customs, to bring back this knowledge to our home country upon return.

To share our gained knowledge, we are actively using social media as well as this website. We keep ourselves updated on what other hostels in and outside the HI network do towards sustainability all around the world. On this website we gather all the great ideas hostels have given us throughout our travels, frequently posting tips and blogposts about our quest to make the hostelling world more sustainable.

We would really like to find associations and business that are also trying to create a more sustainable world, to share ideas with us, either to come to the hostels were we are working or creating events together. So far, we had some great partnerships with organizations, as a clothes exchanging day with Naturvernforbundet, where more than 900 pieces of clothes were exchanged and a learning composting day with an association in Brazil, named Compostar.