Environmental sustainability


The Ski-Inn Apartments are an ecological choice for accommodation because the carbon footprint of our energy consumption is zero since 2008.  Our cleaning services also operate following terms of Nordic Swan ecolabel. That means that apartments are cleaned with eco-certificated cleaning products and the use of chemicals in minimised.

Ski-Inn apartment ownership model, where privately owned vacation apartments are also rented throughout the year reduces the need for constructing new buildings and increases occupancy rates by combining ownership and rental. 

The energy we use is 100% renewable and and heating is made with ecological wood chips. All of the Ski-Inn Apartments & Hotels are located within walking distance of lifts – that decreases the need for a car. Your day out on the ski slope will not increase your carbon footprint either, because Ruka and Pyhä Ski Resorts are both carbon-neutral in energy use.

Recycling is important

There are separate bins and instructions for waste sorting in all apartments. The recycling point is located right next to the apartments. We recycle glass, metal, paper and combustible waste. By sorting your rubbish properly, waste becomes either new raw material or a source of energy. 

All Ski-Inn apartments have sorting utensils and instructions. Recycling points can be found in the vicinity of the apartments.

In Ruka's and Pyhä's Ski-Inn apartments you can recycle biowaste, plastic, glass, metal, cardboard and paper. Sorting facilities are located in the accommodation waste bins. In both ski resorts, mixed waste also ends up as an energy fraction and part of energy production.

Energy waste collected at Ruka and Pyhä is transported to Oulu Laanila eco-power plant, where the energy from incineration is used as a member of electricity and district heat production. Waste incineration reduces the burden on landfills and the waste can be utilized to energy production. You can sort almost all of the mixed household waste in the energy waste except for glass and metal. 

Instructions for sorting waste – thank you for recycling!

Energy wasteGlassCarton
biowaste (if not collected separately)
Coffee packages, chips bags
Diapers, sanitary napkins and other toiletries
Cigarette butts
Dirty cardboard, paper and cardboard
Wrapping paper
Cat and dog food bags
Damaged shoes and clothing
Vacuum cleaner bags

Metal, glass
Wood or garden waste
Tiles, ceramics, porcelain, window or mirror glass
Electrical appliances, lamps
Liquid waste or sludges
Hazardous waste
Large pieces of waste (over 0.5 m x 0.5 m x 0.5 m)

Empty, remove covers:
glass bottles
glass jars

Glass containers (eg drinking glasses, baking pans) Health care packages (eg ampoules)
Opal glass (eg cosmetic packaging)
Window or mirror glass
Porcelain, ceramics, crystal glass
Light bulbs

When dry, clean and flattened:
cardboard boxes
Cardboard cans (eg milk and juice cans) Cardboard food packaging
Paper bags and sacks
Pizza boxes, egg boxes Cardboard disposable tableware
Toilet roll sleeves

Dirty or wet carton

Empty, clean, and dry:
Canned food, beverage cans
Metal lids and caps
Aluminum sheets, foils and lids
Shells made of aluminum candles Nails, screws
Pots, frying pans

Dry and clean: Newspapers, magazines
Advertisements, brochures, envelopes
Copy Paper

Cardboard, carton, egg cells
Wet or dirty paper
Household or toilet paper, handkerchiefs Wrapping paper
empty food containers of plastic: such as yoghurt cans, butter boxes, and packaging for cold cuts, cheese and ready-to-eat food, empty plastic detergent, shampoo and soap bottles, plastic bags, empty plastic bottles, caps and lids separately

PVC packaging (you will recognize it from the 03 mark -> mixed waste)
other than packaging plastic - toys, kitchenware, toothbrushes or watering cans, for example, are not packaging.
fruit and vegetable shells, food scraps, fish cane, bones, solidified fat, coffee and tea reindeer, tea bags and filter papers, tissue paper such as kitchen towels, napkins, handkerchiefs

edible oils and other liquid fats (-> in a plastic tight container for mixed waste)
liquids (-> to sewer) biodegradable diapers, sanitary napkins (-> mixed waste)

Ecocertified cleaning

SOL Services, the company responsible for Ski-Inn Hotel & Apartments cleaning, has been awarded Nordic Swan Ecolabel in the hotel cleaning sector in Finland. Obtaining the prestigious nordic ecolabel was one of the promises of SOL's environmental program, Commitment 2020.

To qualify for Nordic Swan Ecolabel, a product or service must meet very strict criteria throughout its life cycle. The assessment shall take into account e.g. the origin of materials, the energy consumption of production and use, and the use of chemicals and the generation of waste throughout the production and consumption chain.

In the cleaning service, Nordic Swan Ecolabel emphasizes the use of eco-labeled cleaners and the restriction of chemicals, since detergents are the biggest environmental burden in cleaning. Other criteria include: minimizing the environmental impact of transport and the environmental training of staff.

Save resources – drink tap water

Our international visitors are happy to hear that drinking water from the tap in totally safe in Finland. In fact, many researchs show that the quality of tap water is even better than in bottled water. So we encourage our guest to minimise the use of plastic bottles and drink from the tap!