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ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY 2020

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY 2020

Since we first moved to Blue Seas in April 2001 we have been very conscious of the impact of our business on the local and wider environment. We are constantly reviewing and developing our policy and goals in order to minimize our carbon footprint.

CHALLENGES FOR 2020

  1. Reduce energy consumption:

ENERGY/HEATING/WATER

  1. Sustainable and local product sourcing:

PRODUCTS/CLEANING/TOILETRIES

  1. Maximum recycling and reduction of landfill waste:

WASTE/RECYCLING/PLASTIC

4 . Promotion of car free transport:

TRANSPORT

  1. Guest participation:

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

There are many ways you can help us.

Switching off televisions and lights when you leave the room. Reusing towels to save water and electricity. Recycling as much as possible using the recycling bags which are emptied daily. We are happy to dispose of any larger items too.

We hope that guests will use the excellent local public transport services during their stay and enjoy the benefits of car free and car parking charge free travel.

INITIATIVES

  1. ENERGY

We get our electricity and gas from Ecotricity. This is produced 100% from renewable sources including wind power, which has no harmful emissions.

We have already reduced our overall consumption of electricity by using low energy lighting and switching off (where possible) all unused electrical devices.

HEATING

We use gas for our central heating and hot water needs. Our condensation system was the most energy efficient on the market at the time of installation. Recently we have upgraded the system with individual Wi-Fi connected radiator values in each room.

WATER

We have installed flow reducers on taps where possible and changed all the baths for showers. Heated towel rails enable us to save on washing towels unnecessarily. Smaller kettles limit the amount of water boiled each time. We try and water the garden from our water butts thanks to the frequent Cornish rainfall.

 

2.PRODUCTS

Wherever possible we source our ingredients from local producers, which both lowers food miles and supports the local economy. A list of our Cornish suppliers is available on our breakfast menu. We try to use organic, rainforest alliance and fair trade products when we have to source non-locally. The herb garden on our back patio supplies all our herbs and flowers in season.

CLEANING

All of our cleaning products come from Green My Business who offer eco-friendly and toxic free products that come in large volume containers. We use these to refill our own reusable bottles.

TOILETRIES

Our toiletries come from Pure Nuff Stuff in Chapel Street. Each product is natural, ecofriendly and handmade on site.

 

  1. WASTE

We compost our kitchen waste and buy in bulk to reduce packaging. We print as little as possible and only use recycled paper for our napkins and note books. Our menus are from St Austell Printing Company, an ethical printing company with environmental and sustainable goals.

RECYCLING

Recycling facilities have greatly improved in Penwith since we first started and we can now recycle cardboard, paper, cans, glass, plastic , foil,bottles, yoghurt pots, plastic trays and batteries.

Any furniture or decorative items that can be re-used are given away through the associations Gofa and Freecycle.

PLASTIC

Still the big issue for 2020!

This year we are trying to reduce our consumption of single-use plastics. We have switched from plastic to glass water bottles in the bedrooms and will encourage guests to refill their own bottles with the excellent Cornish tap water. We now also make our own natural yoghurt in small re-usable glass jars and use wooden/bamboo cutlery for our packed lunches. In the kitchen beeswax and paper wraps have replaced cling film and we buy our loose fruit and vegetables from Thornes Greengrocers in muslin/paper bags. This year we have switched to buying our milk from Thornes in reusable glass bottles.

In 2017 Penzance won the first plastic free town status award. Surfers Against Sewage charity praised the town for community beach cleans and the drive of many local businesses to reduce single-use plastics.

Blue Seas is one of the many traders in Penzance to be recognized as a Plastic Free Champion.

 

  1. TRANSPORT

Penwith is lucky to have a very good local bus service with regular buses from Penzance to other towns and tourist sites. In the summer there is the Atlantic Coaster open top service offering a panoramic ride along the north coast between Lands End and St Ives.

There is also a frequent mainline train service travelling up the centre of Cornwall with 5 scenic adjoining branch lines (e.g. St Ives Bay Line and Truro to Falmouth). Local councils and residents have fought to maintain these less economic lines and we hope that our visitors will support them.

FOR THE FUTURE

We are hopeful that electric and hybrid cars will soon become more mainstream in the southwest. Cornwall council has already installed charging points at schools, council offices, supermarkets and some tourist attractions. This is an exciting initiative and perhaps soon you will be able to charge your electric car in the Blue Seas car park.

 

  1. WHAT CAN YOU DO?

There are many ways you can help us.

Switching off televisions and lights when you leave the room. Reusing towels to save water and electricity. Recycling as much as possible using the recycling bags which are emptied daily. We are happy to dispose of any larger items too.

We hope that guests will use the excellent local public transport services during their stay and enjoy the benefits of car free and car parking charge free travel.

 

NEW FOR 2020

We are happy to offer guests a courtesy glass water bottle from Just Water in their rooms. We hope that you will use refillable bottles for a longer stay and excursions. In the guest lounge there is a large jar for your refills.

If you need one, we offer a Blue Seas aluminium 500ml bottle, which you can purchase at cost for £ 12.00

 

USEFUL LINKS

 

Surfers Against Sewage: www.sas.org.uk

Plastic Free Penzance: www.plasticfreepz.co.uk

Jul 2, 2020 - Thu
Penzance GB
16°C
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Wind 6 m/s, W
Pressure 762.82 mmHg
Humidity 77%
Clouds 47%
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Penzance tide times for 02 July 2020

High - 2:45am (4.97m)
Low - 9:31am (1.25m)
High - 3:17pm (5.01m)
Low - 9:58pm (1.25m)

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