April 22nd 2016 is #EarthDay. You may’ve heard about it in the media but what does it mean to you? Have you thought about what small changes you could make that might have a positive effect on your environment or on the planet as a whole? Here are some ideas from The Independent though there is a lot of other information about.
So what do we do to be greener?
- We have 30 solar panels on our office roof which give us FREE green electricity to run our office for most of the year… with energy to spare.
- We DON’T print marketing material as we recognise that the majority of leaflets, brochures and flyers end up in the bin (or as litter)
- We print the absolute minimum that we can in our office and recycle as much paper that we receive as we can. Last year we took 80kg + to the recycling centre
- In the office we boil the kettle at the beginning of the work day and fill a flask which keeps us in tea (usually) until home time
- All of our laundry and the majority of our welcome pack shopping is done within 3 miles of the log cabins. This cuts down on the miles AND benefits our local community
- Things that we can’t buy locally we try to buy in bulk to avoid the need to drive
- We maximise our use of digital communications to cut down on the need to drive
- We don’t fill our accommodation with tourism leaflets which quickly become out of date or tatty. We encourage our guests to plan their activities via the internet before they come.
- We highlight to our guests businesses, attractions, activities and locations which are within 30 minutes drive of our accommodation. Cutting down on the number of miles that they drive (cutting down their stress, the impact on our roads AND the impact on our environment) and encouraging spend in our local economy.
- We encourage our guests to ride their bikes down to Coed y Brenin using the back lanes and tracks rather than driving the 2 miles.
- We highlight greener activities to our guests – cycling, running and walking
- Most of our cabins are now stained rather than being painted. The stain lasts far longer than the paint used to do therefore reducing the impact on the environment.
- There are now recycling facilities on site and we encourage guests to recycle all that they can.
- We are beginning to fit devices to our heaters (4 cabins converted with the next one planned) which means that they only stay on for a fixed amount of time (up to 2 hours) before switching themselves off. This means that guests can have the cabins as warm as they like when they are in the cabin BUT the on demand heaters can’t be left on when guests go out for the day. Don’t panic… the storage heaters still provide background heating.
- In most cabins water is heated when needed… we don’t have hot water tanks.
- The light bulbs in our cabins are being changed for LED bulbs where possible to reduce their impact too.
- Our cabins are fitted with up to date TVs which use less power.