saintlo is much more than a youth hostel.

It’s also a social economy business and a not-for-profit organization.

Plusieurs personnes devant l'auberge Saintlo Montréal qui parlent entre eux.

Taking action for ecological transition

Through innovative solutions and partnerships, we want to make Saintlo an influential actor in how to green transition and an example of sustainability for other establishments in the same sector.

Our vision is threefold, based on environmental, social and economic pillars.

Environment-wise: we’re a circular hostel!

Saintlo is working to move away from the planet-harming linear economy of extracting, producing, consuming and throwing away. At Saintlo Montreal, our ambition is to run all our operations according to the 3Rs: Reduce / Reuse / Recycle. In other words, we’re a circular hostel.




Packaging and waste  

    • Breakfast in bulk: we’re making a transition to a zero-waste breakfast of local and/or organic ingredients entirely purchased in bulk.
    • Maintenance products: our cleaning-product partners take back the empty bottles and fill them anew.

Resource consumption  

    • Water: we use only low-flow shower heads and sink faucets.
    • Electricity: our signage around the hostel guides how to keep green every day with gentle reminders like: turn off the lights, turn off the taps, be indulgent with thermostats, and so on.
Bulk breakfast at Saintlo Montréal Hostel
Dortoir de l'auberge Saintlo Montréal





    • Our responsible purchase policy: at Saintlo Montreal, we choose to stock up responsibly, preferring products with guarantees on repair or return (such as printers and computers), products with no negative impact on the environment, (such as maintenance products), and products made of second-hand materials or bought second-hand.

Furniture and decor

    • We strive to reuse all our special-event decor, and we absolutely avoid buying single-use products.
    • Our maintenance team repairs our furniture in-house and even builds it whenever they possibly can!

Renting out

    • With us, there’s no need to buy some items new, as locks, travel adapters, umbrellas and more are available for rental at the hostel reception.




We’re really into sorting stuff out!

    • We make recycling convenient in every area of the hostel.
    • We help our travellers to better understand recycling with explanatory signage; and from the moment they’re hired, we train our employees how to sort properly.

If we can’t reuse, we recycle!

    • We give objects from the hostel’s lost and found to organizations like the Salvation Army.
    • We make our used objects available on donation platforms and to businesses that reuse materials (for example, our used sheets are sent to Les Affutés).
Formation aux employés sur le développement durable.
L'équipe de Saintlo Montréal assise devant l'auberge.

Social-wise: an inclusive haven

Our team

We offer the members of our Saintlo family

  • Insurance for all
  • Outings that foster team spirit
  • Free travel in the Saintlo Collective
  • Access to Francisation
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Free breakfasts


We offer our guests the opportunity to discover…

  • Other cultures by meeting travellers in our shared spaces and taking part in our activities.
  • Iconic sites through our program of free activities.

Economy-wise: local partnerships

We prioritize partnerships with local organizations:

  • Breakfasts: on the menu, you’ll find Fairmount bagels, Kujira coffee, and zero-waste products from VRAC&BOCAUX.
  • Cleaning products: all our products come from Larose, a local supplier (-25km), with whom we have implemented a container pick-up and refill program.
  • Engagement with associations: Saintlo Montreal is a member of many local associations, like the AHQ, Québec Vert, Tourisme durable Québec, and hostel manager Nicolas Lemaire sits on the board of Montreal’s social economy council (CESIM).
  • Beds and curtains come from the social economy organizations Formetal and Mains Utiles.
  • Local goods for sale at the reception: night masks come from Unel, a fabric revaluation artist. The postcards are from Paperole and showcase Montreal artists.
  • Festivals and partners: every year, we’re a tourist partner to many festivals, including Piknic ÉlectronikIgloofest, and Montréal en Cirque.
Homme près d'une machine pour torréfier le café chez Kujira

$1 per night is donated to the foundation

Would you like to help young people who don’t have the opportunity to set off on adventure? Us too! That’s why we give $1 to the Saintlo Youth Travel Foundation for every night spent at a Saintlo hostel*. If you’d like to help out even more, you can also contribute in another way. Contact us to find out about the options.

*Saintlo Montréal and Saintlo Ottawa jail

Visit the foundation’s website

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Memo – Sorting materials

Recyclable materials

Secondary materials that can be used in manufacturing to replace virgin materials.

      • Paper
      • Cardboard
      • Coded plastic
      • Glass
      • Metal
      • Aluminium
      • Asceptic containers
      • Plastic wrap

Special collection:

      • Electronic materials
      • Batteries
      • Printer cartridges


    • Containers and cardboard must be clean when deposited in the recycling bins.
    • Plastic film must be stretchable
      – e.g. plastic wrap to cover a plate = recycling.
      – e.g. plastic pasta or chip packaging = garbage.

Compostable materials

Material that can be rapidly decomposed by micro-organisms like putrescible materials, wax cardboards, paper hand towels.

    • Organic vegetal material
    • Organic animal material
    • Dental floss
    • Paper hand towels
    • Facial tissue
    • Wood utensils
    • Seafood shells (oysters and mussels)
    • Green garden waste


  • Avoid putting plastic biodegradable containers in the bins, as they release microplastics into nature.
  • Stained cardboard should be thrown in the compost rather than recycling.


Materials or objects that are expired or otherwise rejected, for which the potential for recovery and reclamation is zero given the availability and economic viability of current processing technologies.

  • Non-coded plastics
  • #6 Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Various objects that contain a variety of materials
Trees / arbres

How to be a Sustainable Traveller

It’s easy to become a sustainable traveller, it just takes some thought and planning. Sustainable travel involves avoiding negative impacts when possible, making choices that positively impact communities, and looking for ways to be more eco-responsible in terms of the products you buy, how you get around, and where you sleep at night.

Read this article

Together, we’re building a more peaceful world.

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