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Mother Earth

The Stanglwirt is a “green pioneer” and is now joining forces with the WWF

The philosophy of the Stanglwirt’s Balthasar Hauser is both simple and logical.
“Use what’s there”, is one of his favourite mottos. Put simply, he aims to use only natural materials from the environment for all his ideas, as this is the only way to guarantee an authentic holiday experience for guests staying at the hotel.

To ensure that his children and grandchildren are also able to make use of “what’s there”, the Earth’s resources – i.e. the environment – must be protected. Stanglwirt has therefore become a pioneering eco hotel, with the first biomass thermal power generator in an Austrian hotel, exclusively solid Swiss stone pine furniture and natural materials in the rooms and suites, food produced from the Stanglwirt’s own farm and the use of wood bricks bonded using lime mortar instead of cement to name but a few examples. The energy required for the vast Wellness and Spa worlds is not just obtained from internal sources; energy for heating is also extracted from the water using heat pumps. “Stanglwirt is a role model for sustainability”, says Thomas Kaissl, Head of Green Economy at

“Stanglwirt is a role model for sustainability”, says Thomas Kaissl, Head of Green Economy at WWF. The WWF first encountered the five-star eco-hotel in the 1990s, “when we were able to prevent the drainage of a moor together with the Hauser family.” Now the two want to take things one step further. The Stanglwirt is forming its own environmental group, which will develop ideas, discuss them with the WWF and then find creative ways to implement them. “This group isn’t just a management body; all employees are also invited to take part,” explains Kaissl. A few extremely promising ideas have already been developed. Food waste and climate protection have emerged as the first core themes of the cooperation.

the WWF supports the Stanglwirt in becoming even more sustainable.
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The delicious Kaiser water is also a source of energy.
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“The topic of food waste is also a priority at the Stanglwirt. They have stopped serving an afternoon buffet because so much food gets thrown away for no reason.” Another step is the strict selection of suppliers. In addition to products from the hotel’s own organic farm, produce is mainly sourced from local suppliers. Furthermore, Stanglwirt head chef Thomas Ritzer has been certified as a “Green Chef ”.

Stanglwirt is also looking for ways to save energy. Kaissl: “We are all about developing witty, creative ideas that get guests involved in the energy-saving process.” One such idea is to display how much energy has been generated on guests’ bikes during a spin class – and what this energy could be used for. Kaissl: “I think it’s important for guests to see how long you would need to spend working out on a bike just to generate enough energy to power a hairdryer.” According to Maria Hauser-Lederer, it is also important to take a light-hearted approach to raising environmental concerns: “We don’t want to lecture or pester our guests. It is instead an invitation to join us on the path to nature conservation.”

One way to convince people is during the themed environment week expected to take place in May. Maria Hauser-Lederer: “Together with the WWF, our aim is to illustrate key environmental protection issues during this week.”
Presentations and workshops will be held by WWF experts, and the Stanglwirt could become the stage for public discussions on these issues.

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