In our latest post we feature Eco Soul Hostel, an upcoming hostel and hub in London dedicated to bringing together people who share values of social change, sustainability and inner wellbeing. In the words of the Founder & Project Coordinator, Noah Walton,
“Again and again, we see that staying in a community where people have shared values has the potential to catalyse and inspire people. We’re excited that our community hub and hostel will have the capacity to bring over 10,000 people together each year around values of environmental sustainability, positive social change and well-being. There will be communal dinners each evening, with educational workshops, speakers and wellbeing practices from a diversity of voices happening every day. We’re planning on being the first vegan hostel in the city, and are looking to donate the profits as micro-grants for grassroots causes. Eco Soul will be a place for the our 18 year old selves to get inspired about amazing projects in the world, our 40 year-old friends to use as a home-from-home when they’re passing through London, and our 70 year-old selves to use as an inspiring base to see a more connected side of the city.”
The hostel is run by volunteers. They live here for up to a year, cooking, cleaning and hosting the community. The hostel invites guests to enjoy a sense of shared responsibility for the living space.
The hostel is vegetarian/vegan aimed at reducing the carbon and animal footprint.
Everyone is invited to share a meal cooked by the volunteers at 7pm each night.
They aim to buy organic and fair-trade. Most of the food comes from Suma, a co-operative which pays all their employees the same wage.
“We’ve built a coalition of over 20 not-for-profit partners in diverse fields. They understand the big positive effect that bringing 10,000 guests together each year in this way will have on social and sustainability movements. We have half the money in place and are now looking for our final of social investors to make the project happen. We are always keen to connect with people, so do get in touch if you would like to hear more.”
We at One Planet Rating are eagerly looking forward to the launch of Eco Soul Hostel and wish Noah and the team all the luck. Follow the links below to stay abreast will all the happenings around this exciting project,