2020 was the year everything changed and we took the leap to start igloo.
We have a lot of work to do but we hope that guests with similar values to our own, and we know that there are so many, will appreciate our efforts.
What a year 2020 has been. Life changing for all of us in some way or another and like us, you might have found yourself in a completely different place to the start of the year.
Amongst all the chaos of restrictions on holidays and travel, the inability to even see each other, Nick and I decided that we could do something positive with our futures.
Inspired by the new working from home model, it was time for a change. It was time to get the work and life balance tipped in our favour. I didn’t always appreciate how much I was missing from my children's lives and after speaking to guest after guest with children interrupting calls, and dogs barking in the background, it was clear that most were feeling the same way.
The experiences people were sharing with us had enough impact for us to reflect on how we need to change and adapt is this new world. Naively perhaps, most of us thought that lockdown would be short lived. As time wore on, it became clear that this was not the case.
We needed the ability to adapt to an ever changing landscape. Planet Earth also seemed to feel the same way and initially the lockdowns across the world had slowed pollution. With mostly everything closed, nature was almost all that we had to look forward to on our exercise hour and it was with great delight that most of us were able to spend more time outdoors.
As time has passed, and we return to a little normality, our planet does not seem to be getting the respect that she so dearly craves. With that in mind and our own personal feelings about green issues, we really wanted any new business venture to set the bar. So planting a tree with every new booking was a great start for us. We have kicked off a grove with 20 trees in it and our customers can keep a track of it on the Trees for Life website. We have a lot of work to do but we hope that guests with similar values to our own, and we know that there are so many, will appreciate our efforts. Guests can also buy trees for our grove at the checkout when they book a lodge which is an opportunity to offset their own holiday footprint.
Written by Erin McBean, Director at igloo