We are privileged to be located in a very special corner of the country, with a precious environment that needs supporting and protecting. We aim to make all our guests aware of the role that we can all play in protecting the Isles of Scilly for current and future generations to enjoy.
We have an Environmental Policy which states our overall objectives and measures we aim to undertake.
But we would also like to highlight a few particular measures that we have taken to help support our aims.
We Declare a Climate Emergency
We’ve signed up to Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism businesses, organisations and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking purposeful action to reduce their carbon emissions as per the advice from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030.
Recycling on Scilly
Recycling facilities on the Isles of Scilly are limited when compared to the mainland, but we do all we can to recycle our own waste and encourage guests to minimise waste and recycle. There are recycling points around St Mary’s for glass, metal and tin, plastics, electrical goods and batteries. Other waste needs to be compacted and shipped to the mainland for disposal or recycling, so it is key that we minimise the waste we generate.
Water on Scilly
Water is a precious resource on the Isles of Scilly and we ask guests to be careful in its use. The Isles of Scilly use more freshwater than can be accessed readily from natural sources. The desalination plant can produce only a limited amount of freshwater each day, and the water it produces is sometimes not as nice to drink as groundwater. We do provide guests with locally bottled water for use in hotel rooms.
We are looking at getting actively involved in a forthcoming local initiative to look at rainwater harvesting and storage.
We do of course have to do a lot of laundry. We try to reduce unnecessary laundry by encouraging guests to only put towels out for laundry if needed, and we have removed table cloths from the restaurant. We now work with an island based laundry company to do all our laundry, significantly reducing the “sea miles” that were being done previously when using a mainland based supplier.
Single Use Plastics
We have removed many single use plastic items from the hotel, for example straws and plastic drinks stirrers, replacing them with cardboard straws or simply removing the items completely. We estimate that changing our guest toiletries to a “greener” range (as below), has led to at least 12,000 fewer plastic items being disposed of each year.
We have introduced the BeeKind range to our hotel rooms and cottages. These naturally derived products help to support the honeybee and sustainable pollination research. Packaged in “paper bottles” that can be recycled, this reduces the material weight by 59% and the waste space by 92%, compared to our previous rigid plastic bottles.
The products contain no parabens, phthalates, petrol-derived ingredients, mineral oil, urea, DEA, TEA, or propylene glycol. They do contain food-grade, naturally derived USP glycerin; natural conditioning agents from honey and the Brassica plant; and soybean and cottonseed oil, instead of petrochemicals. They are free from any artificial colours or dyes.
The manufacturer is supporting honey bee and sustainable pollination research at the University of California at Davis Entomology Department by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the BeeKind Collection to the University’s Honey Bee Research Program.
Protecting the Islands
We actively support the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust.
The Trust is an independent and locally run charity that champions, values and manages our landscapes for the benefit of current and future generations of islanders and visitors.
Their mission is :
- To protect, restore and create sustainable , nature-rich habitats on the land and in the seas around us
- To promote the enjoyment, appreciation, understanding and value of the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
- To be respected in the island community and beyond as an exemplar organisation in evidence-based nature conservation
- To support the Isles of Scilly economy by operating as a viable business, employer and by showing leadership
Take a look at their web site for more details, or donate – any money raised on Scilly will benefit Scilly.
At the moment, we use some oil, electricity and a small amount of bottled gas, to provide hot water, heating and cooking. We are very aware of the impact that burning fossil fuels has on the global as well as the local environment, and we are developing long term plans to reduce our fossil fuel usage to zero, by removing reliance on oil and gas, coupled with generating our own electricity on site using solar PV, and sourcing a 100% renewable electricity tariff. It is an ambitious plan, but one we believe in.
We are fully supporting the Council of the Isles of Scilly Climate Emergency motion from 2019, setting a target that the Council will become carbon neutral by 2030. We want to match it.
We have begun the process of measuring our current carbon footprint and will then identify opportunities to reduce our carbon emissions to reach a zero carbon target by 2030.