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SUSTAINABILITY POLICY

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The Blonde Hedgehog recognises its responsibility to respect the environment and is committed to achieve environmental best practice, where practically possible throughout its business activity.

We continually seek ways to conserve and protect natural resources, to minimise wastage of raw materials and energy, whilst providing a consistent and quality product and service to our guests.

We constantly review our environmental impact and annually assess our progress towards an improved environmental performance and revise as necessary.

We actively encourage our guests to read our sustainability policy to give them the option to help us achieve our core objectives.Our staff are encouraged to be proactive in working towards improving our environmental impact.

What we have in place already:

Energy Conservation

  • Use of Energy Saving bulbs
  • Encourage a “switch off policy” with staff and guests
  • Ensure staff are aware of requirement to turn down/off radiators thermostats when rooms are not booked out
  • Endeavour to print back of house literature on recycled paper
  • In periods of low occupancy, appropriate sections within the hotel are isolated so heating can be turned off and lighting reduced to emergency levels only
  • Regular boiler checks
  • Purchasing of energy efficient equipment

Reducing Waste Recycle/Re-use

  • Use fabric napkins as much as possible
  • Use refillable toiletries
  • Use recycled products wherever possible
  • Move towards using ALL environmentally friendly cleaning materials
  • Using reusable cleaning cloths
  • Recycle Kitchen oils

Water Consumption

  • Laundry, by reducing the quantity of towels we wash, we reduce water consumption, energy and use of detergents. Also using eco knit towels and robes that are twice as robust, do not pull threads thus increasing longevity and hold less water decreasing drying time.
  • Good maintenance – mending leaking taps
  • Full loads in washing machines and dish/glass washers
  • Responsible purchasing (to reduce the environmental impact of the hotel caused through travel)

Using local produce

  • Development of our own vegetable garden
  • Using local chickens for eggs where possible with an aim to rear chickens for our own egg supply
  • Develop and increase responsible purchasing methods to include sourcing products using suppliers that maintain ethical practices
  • The use of Fair Trade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance certified products where possible.

Guest contribution

  • Laundry – we give guests the option to not have their towels laundered everyday
  • We request for equipment not to be left on standby or prolonged charging
  • To turn down the heating before opening the windows
  • Restaurant guests are encouraged to take home any leftovers, therefore reducing waste

To follow the Island Country Code

  • Keep to paths wherever possible. Leave gates open or shut as you find them.
  • Be aware of the fire risk throughout the Island. Be extremely careful when smoking not to start fires. Take cigarette butts away with you.
  • Do not drop litter. Take your rubbish home with you.
  • Do not disfigure rocks or buildings.
  • Do not touch, handle, injure or kill any wild bird or other wild animal.
  • Never feed any wild animals.
  • Try to prevent any undue disturbance to wild animals. When taking photographs or filming stay low to the ground. Move slowly and quietly. Do not startle or chase wildlife from resting or breeding areas.
  • Some plants are protected and should not be picked. Wildflowers are there for all to enjoy.
  • Eggs or other such items may not be exported from Alderney. They should be left where they are found

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