Guest blog from Cheryl, Little Green Duckling
Synchronicity, for me, is a message of reward from our universe. In between reading parts 1 & 2 of “#OneMoreThing? What can your next hotel do?” on the Little Green Duckie blog I found myself at Anglesey Outdoor Alternative. Camping in the beautifully rugged Rhoscolyn, reading posters of exactly what the campsite does do, to commit to their green ethos.
So here is what my next hotel did…
(except it was a tent we borrowed from a friend, why buy one when you can borrow one eh? Thank you Lesley)
- Handed out reusable recycling bags on arrival.
- Requested we do not use disposable BBQs, offering loan of a BBQ. Promoted locally & sustainably sourced coal which they had on sale.
- Saved over 28 tonnes of carbon from being released into the atmosphere since installing their solar panels. These generate 8000kWh of electricity a year.
- Rear chickens, ducks & pigs and grow organic vegetables on site.
- Shared the science behind their composting toilet. The eco-design technology from France, the L’Uritonnoir, uses straw bale (carbon) and urine (nitrogen) to create human manure. The system reduces water consumption, and the manure can be used for next year’s growing season
- Used ENJO cleaning system to reduce chemicals being released in their septic tank and local environment.
- Asked us to play our part by cutting down on food packaging waste and having a car free day. We were happy to oblige.
The campsite is accredited with a Green Tourism Gold Award. As has one of Little Green Duckie’s favourite hotels The Scarlet. Green Tourism is a not-for-profit organisation who provide a sustainable certification programme. Their partnership scheme, graded Bronze, Silver or Gold, encourages and enables businesses, and visitors alike, to make sustainable choices. Following a green assessment, members receive tailored support to progress towards gold awards and make positive changes to reduce their environmental impingement. Check out their grading system, or use their Green Search, to find sustainable tourism options for your next trip. Selecting “Gold” in the grading filter is a good way to support businesses who are having less of an impact on your destination.
This year I made a commitment to myself: to make one charitable gift and one sustainable change a week. I had the idea early in December 2016 actually, and thought why wait? I’ve found opportunities all around me, what we eat, where we shop and how we holiday. Thank you Little Green Duckie for the inspiration.
If you would like to write a guest blog for Little Green Duckie, please send me your idea via any of the normal channels 🙂