Friday, September 18, 2009

Pottery House Maintains Green Tourism GOLD

Every two years we have an inspection by the Green Tourism Scheme. We had our inspection back in August and we're delighted to announce that we have maintained our GOLD standard.

We've made many changes since our last inspection, to help improve our rating, so we're delighted with our score. These changes include:-

  • completion of our water recycling system so we can use water from our washing machines to water the garden.
  • all showers in the house now have Mira Eco-shower heads, which use up to 75% less water (and therefore energy to heat the water) than standard shower heads.
  • the new lighting in the large double room is all compact fluorescent
  • we replaced the cooker and fridge as they were very old and the oven was next to the fridge/freezer.
  • we've replaced the bottled water in guest room fridges with jugs of filtered water, so no more plastic bottles
  • we've "disposed" of many items using www.freecycle.org so that rather than items becoming rubbish they can be used by others. Items include fridge/freezer, cooker hob and oven, kitchen table, old table, CDs and kitchen pots and pans.
  • We're recently joined WWF and the Micro lending site Kiva.
  • The Energy Saving Trust did an audit of Pottery House and recommended that the loft insulation be increased to at least 12", we're currently waiting for them to do this work.
  • we already use many "Fair Trade" products such as tea and coffee, but we're currently trialing "Fair Trade" bed linen.
  • We've taken part in many litter picks on the road between Dores and Foyers, in conjunction with the South Loch Ness Tourist Group, but in 2009 we organised this event.



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