When we opened the Orri in 2005, we chose the name 'Trailside Eco-lodge' in order to convey the original nature of our lodge to future guests. Since that time, 'greenwashing' (saying you are environmentally friendly because it's fashionable to do so) has affected all parts of our society on a massive scale. In the tourist industry, this fashion makes it almost impossible for demanding guests to find authentic initiatives among the dozens of touristic accommodations that claim to be 'green'.
In this context, we decided several years ago to seek external certification for our lodge in order to assure current and future guests that our environmental policies are real.
In 2010, we obtained the Green Key label, the first internationally recognized label created to certify environmentally friendly tourist accommodations.
In 2011, we obtained the Ecogîte label from Gîtes de France. This label certifies that tourist accommodations have been conceived or restored using environmentally friendly techniques and/or materials. It also takes into account efforts to reduce environmental impact on a daily basis.
In 2012, we obtained the European Ecolabel certification for environmentally tourist accommodations. This is the only quality label that is certified by an independent organism and is recognized throughout Europe.