Millions of people around the globe are preparing to celebrate and show support for the wonderful home that we know as Earth. And this year, Earth Day 2022 takes place on 22 April, however, Earth Week and even the entire month of April, are important times to raise awareness of the challenging environmental issues we continue to face around the world.

Here at Nestor, we understand the importance of sustainability. There are countless ways we can all get involved, not just on this day, but 365 days a year. Whether it’s by planting a tree or educating yourself on the climate crisis and how we can prevent it, here is Nestor’s round-up of sustainable activities in London for supporting Mother Earth Day 2022.

When did Earth Day begin and why?

Earth Day was first founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a United States senator who was also a keen environmentalist. The purpose of the initial event was to raise awareness of the importance of fresh air and clean water after a Californian oil spill the previous year. A whopping 20 million people from all over the United States attended the event. 

According to the Earth Day Network, this has sky-rocketed in recent years with a reported one billion people now taking part in Earth Day activities in nearly 200 countries around the world.

What to do in London this Earth Day: 7 sustainable activities

The theme for Earth Day 2022 is “Invest in our planet” and the aim is for everyone from individuals to large corporations and government bodies to invest in a better ecological future by going green wherever and whenever they can.

Wondering what’s on in April? Here are some ways you can get involved in greener initiatives this Earth Day, or check out this map to find events near you:

Support Sustainable Travel

The initiatives around Earth Day London go beyond the day itself, with the aim to encourage lasting change throughout your daily practices. One such way is by practising more sustainable travel. If you’re curious about how you can travel more responsibly, download this checklist to discover sustainable travel tips or have a read over our top green travel resolutions to help you on your travels.

Visit London and Plant a Tree

Decades of booming economic growth have taken a toll on the world’s environment, with millions of trees felled and habitats destroyed. From creating oxygen to providing homes for various birds and mammals in the ecosystem, there are plenty of ways trees are beneficial for the environment. 

In our effort to give back to the planet in an even more meaningful way, we partnered with More Trees last year. Every time you stay at one of our handpicked West London properties, we’ll plant a tree in your name.

We love what More Trees stands for: the revitalisation of our wildlife. This initiative is about extending and restoring our natural habitats and providing space for forestry to flourish. 

And the best way to help us achieve our target of 1,000 trees planted in 2022 is to book your stay directly on our website. You’ll not only get the best rates and finest stays in West London, but you’ll also offset your carbon footprint and populate the planet with some much-needed greenwood for centuries ahead.

So, help create a better future by planting a tree!

Learn how you and your company can help achieve net-zero

When: 22 April 2022, 2-3pm

Where: Online

Cost: Free

According to data from the 2022 Employee Sustainability Survey, one in four people believe that their company is doing enough to help reduce its impact on the environment. Three-quarters of respondents are not even aware of any sustainability initiatives their employer may be involved in. Join a 45-minute online Q&A to discover what you and your organisation can do to help achieve net-zero.

Learn how to make your own DIY terrarium

When: 24 April 2022, 3-4pm

Where: Walthamstow

Cost: £55-£65

Join a Leafage workshop in Walthamstow and discover how to create your own self-contained terrarium garden with recycled and sustainable materials. The workshop provides all the ‌equipment to help you create your own from scratch, with tips and advice for aftercare.

Join a panel talk to discover the meaning of ‘true sustainability’

When: 19 April 2022, 7-8pm

Where: Strand London WC2R 1EA

Cost: £10

Attend a panel talk in London in April to discover what true sustainability looks like in this day and age. Hosted by Venetia La Manna, a campaigner on fair fashion who encourages brands to use ethical practices, you’ll hear from panellists such as Josephine Philips who founded Sojo, clothing and alternations repair app, as well as Jessica Warch, the co-founder of Kimai, a sustainable jewellery brand crafted with lab-grown diamonds and recycled gold.

Discover the environmental impact of common workplace items

When: 22 April, 11-11:45am

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Listen to a presentation that discusses the real environmental impact of commonly disposed of workplace items, such as coffee cups, plastic bottles and compostables. Hosted by Rory Capper, Paper Round’s Head of Sustainability, it explores the lifecycle of these common items and what you can do to make their lifecycles as sustainable as possible.

Take a stroll through history on the Deep Time Walk

When: 24 April, 10:30-13:30

Where: Wanstead Park, London

Cost: Donation

The enchanting Deep Time Walk around this park is the ideal way to mark Earth Day 2022. The route will cross Earth’s 4.6 billion year timeline at a rate of one million years per metre, covering ‌4.6km. Beginning with the formation of the solar system and the creation of Earth, the walk details important events in history, including the formation of the moon and more. Ticket donations go towards the Stop Ecocide campaign.

Where to stay for Earth Day in West London this April?

Of course, at Nestor, we believe in supporting and celebrating sustainability every day through careful and conscious living. If you’re looking for a sustainable short-term, boutique property or rental in West London, we’ve got you covered.

Through our exclusive partnerships with More Trees, Cole & Co – our local supplier of sustainable toiletries and Who Gives A Crap – our local supplier of eco-friendly lavatory paper.

Cole & Co Conditioner
Cole & Co
Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper
Who Gives a Crap

We also welcome our latest addition to the sustainable supplier line-up, Oxwash – our on-site green-friendly ironing & laundry services – we’re always looking for ways to help you go green the next time you visit London.  

Less Plastic Pollution with Oxwash

As a company focused on sustainability, we want to go several steps further than simply improving our supply chain and using green energy. Sustainability plays a huge role in enhancing the guest experience and is an integral part of the modern travel and hospitality industry. 

Since our founding and with the help of all of these ethical suppliers, we’ve offered our guests the blissful eco-escapes they’re seeking, with the peace of mind of knowing they’re doing their part to save the planet.

And as we enter the next quarter of the year, Nestor’s promise to make sustainability make-or-break selection criteria for all our partners is still as important as ever. 

We look forward to closing in on our objective of transitioning to a completely sustainable supply chain by the end of 2022.

If you’d like to chat with us about any of our sustainability practices or properties, please don’t hesitate to contact us.