Properties which adhere to strict guidelines concerning environmental awareness. They promote sustainable tourism. Eco-gîte properties use renewable energy and have facilities and equipment for saving energy, sorting rubbish and economising water.
Tourism, more than any other activity, requires an unspoilt environment and those in search of eco-friendly holidays are becoming more and more demanding. In addition to the impeccable service offered daily to their guests, EU eco-label accommodation must also take account of environmental factors: low energy and water consumption, use of renewable energy, rubbish sorting/recycling, informing and educating guests on environmental issues.
The Gîtes de France "Ecogestes" approach helps to reduce the environmental impact of tourism, improve the living environment and reduce energy consumption. Its main aims are: reduce the impact of tourism on the environment in simple ways, develop eco-responsible tourism, promote this type of accommodation to environmentally aware clients, reduce energy consumption and anticipate future legislation. Owners of such properties have signed up to the special "Ecogestes" codicil.