Stefan Fauster from the Hotel Drumlerhof in Sand in Taufers originally comes from a small farm on the Ritten plateau. Together with his wife Ruth, he has now been running his highly individual hotel in the Pustertal Valley for over 25 years. Both of them live and work in and around the hotel in harmony with Mother Nature and what she provides.
The Drumlerhof only serves meat produced on welfare-oriented farms, with all ingredients sourced from the region or the hotel’s own farm, while the biomass-fired heating system just uses wood from the surrounding forests. Pure untreated spring water flows from the taps at the Drumlerhof; refurbishment projects focus in particular on sustainable, healthy materials. Care for the natural surroundings and fair dealings with producers, staff and guests are all a matter of course. Animal welfare, careful management of all resources and much more besides all belong to the values that are observed here on a daily basis.
Stefan Fauster: “Organically farmed eggs cost 40 cents each. A guest once approached me and said that only the better-off could afford them. Do we ever stop to think that a hen works all day to lay an egg just for us? We buy energy drinks costing €5, we buy chocolate eggs for our kids for €1.80 with all the plastic waste involved. Why aren’t we willing to spend 40 cents so that an animal can live freely, farmers can get a fair price and we obtain a good product?”
Stefan Fauster and his family live according to the principles of the common welfare economy: this term has been used since the 1990s to describe various concepts and alternative economic models that are oriented towards the general interest, co-operation, environmental sustainability and social justice.
Sustainability and environmental awareness at South Tyrol’s Vitalpina Hotels
The environment is a priority for the Vitalpina Hotels of South Tyrol, a passion that they practise and promote. All of South Tyrol’s Vitalpina Hotels are certified with the EU’s Ecolabel for Tourist Accommodations. Environmental pollution is as far as possible minimised and all employees are actively involved in determining each hotel’s environmental programme, an approach that they also pass on to guests. Renewable resources are used efficiently, while refuse is kept to a minimum and separated. The Vitalpina Hotels also favour local circuits, obtaining the majority of their produce for the kitchen from the region and directly from local farmers where possible.
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