Three Abbey Green Environmental Policies
We strive continuously to ensure that we consider the impact of what we do on our environment and that we waste as little as possible. Currently we do the following:
Toiletries: We used to provide individual containers of shower gel, shampoo and conditioner and pretty packets of soap but so much was wasted, both packaging and half-used toiletries, we decided to adopt a different policy. We have finally found a local supplier for our shampoo, body wash and hand wash. Bramley is a range of natural bath and body products that are handmade locally in Somerset, using the highest quality essential oils in all natural bases. The products were designed by Chloe Luxton in 2009 (previously of Cowshed and Green and Spring) to represent the English country garden and the scents and packaging reflect this ethos. There are no nasty chemicals and wholesale products are all made to order which guarantees freshness and maximises shelf life. www.bramleyproducts.co.uk
Towels: towels are changed daily if required, but we do provide notices in all rooms explaining how guests can let us know they are happy to reuse their towels. All bathrooms are warmed by heated towel rails.
Showers: when Three Abbey Green was renovated, all rooms were fitted with en-suite/private showers to save water. The only exceptions are our larger family rooms, the Westwood Suite and the Asher Suite, each of which has both bath and separate shower and Elizabeth Bennet, in the Jane Austen Wing, which has a shower over the bath.
Cleaning Products: we use an independent, family-owned UK company which produces environmentally responsible products that are bio-degradable and hypo-allergenic.
Light bulbs: Where possible our light bulbs are ‘saver lamps’, with up to 80% energy saving compared with traditional bulbs. We have recently begun replacing the halogen bulbs in our recessed spotlights with more energy-efficient LED-based lamps.
Heating: All radiators have individual thermostats. The central heating is on a timer so that it is on when we expect guests to be in the guest house and off at other times. We are always happy to put on the heating, if requested. The guest house’s central heating boiler has just been replaced with a new and more energy-efficient system that we believe will significantly reduce emissions and waste.
Tea, coffee and hot chocolate: all are sourced from Fair Trade suppliers.
Bread: we use Hobbs House Bakery, a local company from whom we purchase fresh bread daily. https://www.hobbshousebakery.co.uk/
Breakfast jam and marmalade: the jam is made by a local lady called Simi, using fruit which she has either foraged, grown on her allotment or bought from the local greengrocer, Eades (which co-incidentally is where we buy all our fruit and vegetables for breakfast). She does not own a car so she cycles or walks everywhere. It’s a good job she lives and works only 200 yards from the guesthouse! http://simiskitchen.co.uk/
Derek’s sister, Cherry, makes all our marmalade at home. We pay both ladies to make additional small pots of their produce, which we sell to our guests. We then donate all the money raised by these sales to the Children’s Hospice South West, which serves our local community by providing care for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Fresh fruit, tomatoes and mushrooms: we source all our breakfast produce from Eades, a local greengrocer in central Bath. Eades is a family business, which has been owned and operated by the family for six generations. Most of their produce comes from a field nestled on the slopes of Solsbury Hill. Simi, who makes our jam, buys any fruit she can’t forage or grow herself from Mr Eades.
Eggs: we buy our free range eggs from a local family business who grow their own chicken feed, pack the eggs and distribute them from their own farm at Hilperton, near Trowbridge.
Bacon and sausages: These are delivered directly from Walter & Sons a family run butchers in Devizes.
Apple juice: the Orchard Pig, a nationally recognised local company, produce our fresh, pressed apple juice.
Recycling: by paying a local contractor, we are able to recycle plastic, cardboard, paper, tin and glass on a daily basis.
If you have other suggestions about how we can make a difference, we would be delighted to consider any new proposal.