Let’s face it: much of Charleston’s hospitality industry is not sustainable. That’s why we’re glad to have NotSo Hostel offering a unique eco-friendly experience for travelers visiting Charleston! With a main location on Spring Street and an annex location on Cannon Street, Notso Hostel integrates climate mindfulness in their everyday operations.
All their employees have a background in sustainability and believe it’s important to provide their guests quality, eco-friendly products. They use biodegradable cleaning products, compostable trash bags, plastic free detergent sheets, plastic free soap refills, organic sheets, fair trade coffee, dairy free creamer, LED light bulbs, and 100% recycled toilet paper. And they don’t use paper towels.
Outside you can find a small vegetable and flower garden tended by Vikki Matsis, hostel manager, who has experience in permaculture agriculture. Featuring sustainable landscaping, NotSo Hostel is certified as a wildlife habitat. Travelers and residents alike enjoy their little free library outside their annex location. Vikki also runs the American Hostel Conference where hostel owners across the country share their eco-expertise in the tourism industry.
Given their commitment to climate-friendly practices, Notso Hostel participated in the City’s Green Business Challenge. The program ran from 2011 to 2016, and each year NotSo won the highest level of award. We’re honored to have them as a partner in our Lowcountry Green Businesses for Climate Action alliance and happy to uplift their important work.