Home Page
   Articles
       links
About Us    
Traders        
Recipes            
Latest Articles
Green tourism
Page 1, 2  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Downsizer Forum Index -> Conservation and Environment
Author 
 Message
alison
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 12908
Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 2:43 pm    Post subject: Green tourism  Reply with quote    

We are looking at being assessed for a green tourism award.

What green and eco things would you expect from a tourism based business.

jema
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 26648
Location: escaped from Swindon
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I recall you telling me about the individual sachet lark needed to gain b&b stars.....

alison
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 12908
Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Now there is the thing

ETB assossor will say bin bags must be changed daily for star assessment, whereas green assessor says only when used. Both administered by the same office!

Mrs Fiddlesticks



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 10460

PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

alison wrote:
Now there is the thing

ETB assossor will say bin bags must be changed daily for star assessment, whereas green assessor says only when used. Both administered by the same office!


why am I surprised....

alison
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 12908
Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

so

anyway.

What people like to see, on a campsite, at rubbish areas, in the rooms etc?

All aspects of business are looked at.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 10460

PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 3:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Green tourism Reply with quote    

alison wrote:


What green and eco things would you expect from a tourism based business.


hmmm...

A waste policy - so lots of compost bins and recycling bins
Cleaning products or any toiletry freebies perhaps, ought to be eco friendly ones
transparency in food sourcing which since you produce most things youself is already there.
Energy reduction ideas implemented
Perhaps some plans towards things like compost toilets or solar showers on the camp site or other eco friendly things.

boisdevie1



Joined: 11 Aug 2006
Posts: 3897
Location: Lancaster
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Low power light bulbs
Thermostats on all radiators
electicity from renewable resources
solar hot water
compostable bin bags
waste policy - recycling and composting of waste
free range and or organic ingredients for food
attempt to keep food packaging to a minimum
eco friendly washing products
use the washing machine at 40 degrees and dry outside whenever possible

Azura Skye



Joined: 14 Jun 2005
Posts: 2199
Location: Carmarthenshire
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bike friendly stuff... parking areas, cleaning areas, etc?

Northern_Lad



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
Posts: 14210
Location: Somewhere
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Does the camping field contribute? If so: grass maintained by sheep.

gil
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 08 Jun 2005
Posts: 18379

PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Dunno if Boisdevie was including it in his suggestion, but actual labelled recycling bins

Don't forget to put a statement up about what you do that's green (and what you expect visitors to do)
- on your website
- in the site office / whereever guests check in
- in the shower/washing-up block
AND tell guests verbally about some of it when they arrive (e.g. remind campers to use recycling bins)

Plant orchard/forage trees on your campsite

alison
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 12908
Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Although we do recycle on the campsite, I don't think it is working, so more ideas on how to impliment it better would be great.

Helen_A



Joined: 26 Jan 2005
Posts: 1548
Location: MK, Bucks.
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Timers on the showers? Mind you that's a pretty common one if you camp in Europe and have to pay by shower card. You could make it xx included in your stay and extra can be bought for yy a shower more.

Fee



Joined: 21 Mar 2005
Posts: 15902
Location: Surrey Heath
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 08 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

To get more people recycling if it isn't working, perhaps put big signs at recycling points, not only saying what to put where, but also why to recycle in the first place (I've learnt this week that even teenagers, who I thought would be well up to speed on recycling, and why we should, aren't ).

alison
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 12908
Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thinking of just the B&B.

What would people think about having a recycle bin on the top landing, and another in the hall, separating paper, plastic, bottles and metal. All our bedroom doors open out onto a small landing, about 2m x 1m.

earthyvirgo



Joined: 24 Aug 2007
Posts: 7972
Location: creating prints in the loft, Gerlan
PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 08 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We recently self-catered in a small group of cottages in suffolk and their recycling plan was pretty good ... and I noticed everyone using it.

There were clear instructions as to what could be put in the general bin, and we were asked to put everything else straight into the council provided bins which were in an outside barn (I realise s/c is a bit different to B&B, more rubbish generated).

The request to recycle was clearly explained and friendly.

If you find your guests leave lights on when they go out, maybe a discreet, not too bossy "have you switched the lights off" sign near the door would be a good idea.

EV

Post new topic   Reply to topic    Downsizer Forum Index -> Conservation and Environment All times are GMT
Page 1, 2  Next
Page 1 of 2
View Latest Posts View Latest Posts

 

Archive
Powered by php-BB © 2001, 2005 php-BB Group
Style by marsjupiter.com, released under GNU (GNU/GPL) license.
Copyright 2004 marsjupiter.com