Environmental Policy & Green Ethics
We are striving to be a plastic free business – here are some of the ways we achieve this:-
- Recycled loo roll wrapped in paper
- Biodegradable bin liners/sanitary bags
- Glasses in bathrooms instead of disposable plastic tumblers
- Fresh milk is provided in mini glass bottles in a communal fridge instead of individual UHT cartons
- Laundry powder that comes in a box instead of liquid/tabs in a plastic container
- Breakfast staples tomatoes and mushrooms are bought loose instead of wrapped in plastic
- Bags For Life are used when shopping
- We shop consciously by avoiding goods wrapped in plastic wherever possible, and by buying loose fruit and veg
- Sauces/ketchup are decanted from a glass bottle instead of individual sachets
- No individual toiletries in the bathrooms – we use Anyah Vegan toiletries, which have been awarded the coveted Ecolabel. The bottles themselves are made from 100% sustainable recycled plastic which are refilled from a bulk supply. The bottles (and caps) are then 100% fully recyclable at the end of their life!
- No synthetic bedding/linens. We spoil our guests with Egyptian Cotton bedlinen and towels, and feather and down duvets and pillows.
We buy as much of our foodstuffs from local suppliers as possible, helping to support local farmers as well as cutting down on unnecessary food miles.
Our bacon and sausages come from Little Oak Farm in the village – just ONE food mile away!
Free range eggs are even closer – just 300 yards away.
Glenmore Bakery of Minehead supply our bread – 5 food miles.
We refill our glass milk bottles from Stuart Lowen in Minehead and Dunster Dairy – 5 food miles.
Miles of Porlock supply all our teas, coffee beans and hot chocolate – just 7 food miles.
Low energy light bulbs
We are gradually replacing all bulbs as they blow with low energy LED lights.
Almost all our waste is recycled – metal, glass, plastic, card and paper and what we can’t recycle kerbside, we take to Minehead Recycling Centre.
Food waste is also collected kerbside.
We separate recyclable waste from both the bins in our guest bedrooms – the bin bags (and sanitary bags) themselves are biodegradable.
We are in the process of switching to ethically sound, environmentally responsible cleaning products which we will buy in bulk and decant from large containers.
What you can do to help
Explore the local attractions by public transport, bicycle or on foot. We also provide a selection of walking maps for the most popular and scenic routes for guests to borrow.
Drink tap water
Exmoor water tastes good! Instead of buying water in a single-use plastic bottle, refill your bottle from the tap in your bathroom or there is the option to have sparkling water from our machine.
In your room:-
- Please switch off the lights when you leave your room
- Remember to unplug mobile phone chargers when they are not in use, as they use up a surprising amount of energy.
- Check the windows are closed when the heating is on, so all the heat does not escape.
- Turn the tap off when you are cleaning your teeth or shaving rather than leaving it running throughout.
- Did you know that a shower only uses a third of the water compared to a bath?
- Only boil the amount of water in the kettle that you need. This small action can help save more electricity than you would think.
Thank you for helping us to protect the environment whilst you enjoy your stay with us.