Our Green Scheme identifies holiday cottages where the owners have taken extra steps to be kinder to the environment. We’ve established our new Green Cottages scheme by identifying holiday homes with features which help them make less impact on the environment. We encourage our owners to think sustainably, but we also make sure cottages remain warm and comfortable. We look at the impact on the environment of each cottage with regards to energy, pollution, information, water, wildlife and landscape, purchasing and promote beneficial features, such as renewable energy.
The owners which have taken part in this scheme have completed our online self-assessment, looking at things like helping save energy with extra insulation, A-rated appliances, recycling and promoting recycling to customers, and the provision of information about local facilities and car-free days out. We give practical advice to holiday home owners on how to make small improvements for a greener future.
Below is an overview of what that criteria involves.
We understand how important and precious our environment is and not only do we encourage our owners and customers to be ‘green’, we also follow our own advice. We make every effort in preserving our fragile world, from recycling to car share schemes and cycle to work events. Operating our business in a socially and environmentally friendly manner makes good business sense!
The following summarises our commitment.
We are members of Travelife for Business which is a fair system to help tour operators and travel agencies manage and improve social and environmental impacts by complying with the sustainability criteria.
We will monitor and minimise our waste production and reuse as much as possible.
We will recycle as much as possible.
We will use Forestry Stewardship Council 100% recycled paper internally and in our publication.
We will ensure that we use energy responsibly in our business operations and buildings.
We will encourage fuel economy and minimising emissions by employee car sharing wherever possible.
We will promote best practice to our owners.
We will support local suppliers wherever practicable.
Cottages awarded with the Green Award can be easily identified by this logo.