1% FOR VELAFRICA

Be the change you wish to see in the world

1% FOR VELAFRICA

Be the change you wish to see in the world

1% FOR VELAFRICA

Be the change you wish to see in the world

We have moved to Switzerland for skiing and mountain biking, to be able to enjoy the powerful and pure energy of the nature in the mountains. We believe we all need the nature, not just to enjoy but simply to live! The fresh alpine air, clean oxygen from the forests, the fresh water streams, the beautiful views.. We do our best to live in harmony with the natural world around us, by respecting the rules of the mountains, the wildlife and our resources.

As a small business we believe we make positive choices towards a more sustainable future. We believe every small change is a step forward, and many small steps can become a big step forward to reduce our impact.

These are our green choices that we make as MTB Verbier and we hope to inspire you to also take conscious choices in choosing your mountainbike holiday.

  • We try to buy as little packaging as possible, especially plastics.
  • We take shopping bags from home.
  • We have an organised recycling system where we recycle glass, cans, paper and plastic bottles.
  • We compost in the garden.
  • We try to buy local products where we can or choose products with a low footprint.
  • We will start using toxic free cleaning products and toiletries as of summer 2019.
  • We try our best to cook with minimum waste
  • We reduce our meat consumption, will will not offer meat on a daily basis and offer some protein rich vegetarian meals. We offer daily special menu’s for vegetarians and vegans.
  • LED lights are used throughout the whole chalet
  • Leave no trace: we don’t leave anything behind when we go out with a group.
  • We stay on the trails, don’t take short cuts as it causes erosion.
  • We respect wildlife by not riding in protected areas, not leaving anything behind and not taking or breaking anything natural.
  • As being guides who are passionate about the environment around us, we inform guests and make them aware of the beauty of the mountains, share our local knowledge.
  • We fix our tubes instead of dumping them after just 1 puncture
  • If our guests come by train they get a 1% discount on their stay with us.
  • When travelling by car we recommend our guests to carpool, we try to use the lift or ride uphill. In the low season when the lifts are open we have to use our shuttle vans.
  • When we choose to do a heli drop (3 minutes flight) the Co2 emissions are set off*

* While offsetting doesn’t reduce emissions directly, it allows projects to occur that either take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or avoid its release.

CO2 Compensation

We would like to offset emissions to become more climate neutral. We want to invest in a project that prevents or reduces emissions. We have chosen a passionate and local swiss project in Africa called Velafrica. Here you can read about this project we would like to donate 1% of each booking towards this project. 

Velafrica collects old bicycles, makes them roadworthy again and ships them to Africa. Every year over 24,000 bicycles from Switzerland are transported to the south where they help to ease people’s lives.

Imagine that your water tap isn’t only a few steps away, but that you need to walk several kilometres to a well. The nearest market is a day’s walk away. Your children need to walk for hours to reach their school. For many people living in rural Africa, this is their everyday reality. A bicycle here will change the life of a child, a family – in fact a whole village community. Bicycles reduce poverty.

Creating opportunities in Africa
Bicycles from Switzerland help the people in Africa to access education, health care and avail themselves of economic opportunities. Anyone who has a bicycle will be able to transport much more and travel much greater distances. It leaves more time in which to learn and cultivate the fields.

Education and income
Velafrica not only transports bicycles to Africa, but also knowledge. Working with local partners, our non-profit organisation sets up bicycle workshops, holds instruction courses and trains bicycle mechanics. Jobs and income opportunities in bicycle assembly, repair and sales are created.

More than two wheels
The film “More than two wheels” follows the trail of Swiss bicycles and accompanies them on their route to our partners in Africa.

For more information or personal donations go to www.velafrica.ch