Green Accommodation in St Austell

What exactly does green accommodation mean?

Bedroom at Bankside B&B
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Bedroom at Bankside B&B

Green hotels, eco-friendly accommodation, green travel, green holidays, green vacations but what exactly does this mean?

As more and more accommodation providers become aware of green issues and acting more responsibly in their businesses, as well as visitor demand, green accreditation is becoming increasing popular. A business that has been accredited ‘green’ will have implemented a range of initiatives that contribute a significant benefit to the environment and to responsible tourism – ”that creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit.”

Locally sourced bacon and eggs at Bankside B&B
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Locally sourced bacon and eggs at Bankside B&B

Many of the green accreditation initiatives are implemented behind the scenes such as reducing waste and packaging, reducing energy consumption by replacing old inefficient boilers with energy efficient condensing ones, insulating buildings, fitting low energy lighting, to other initiatives such as grey water recycling, and buying local produce. The idea is that to be green or sustainable you have to consider what is known as the triple bottom line: The Environment, The People and The Local Economy.

Below are a few examples of how accommodation providers can achieve the triple bottom line and what you can do to help:

Accommodation providers can:

1. Join the Cornwall Sustainable Tourism network http://www.cstn.org.uk CoaST
CoaST work with everyone involved in tourism in Cornwall to ensure that tourism delivers social, economic and environmental benefit for all, as well as a fantastic holiday for visitors. For a small fee you can become part of this growing, forward thinking, incredible network. With over 1000 members you can pick up useful tips about anything and everything such as; where to buy the best local produce in your area,implementing green accreditations as well as access to members resources, not to mention FREE advice from member via the Forum… so don’t delay join the coast network today!

2. Start taking steps to reduce your impact, there are lots of FREE useful resources online check out the Green Audit Kit to be found at [http://www.ruralcommunities.gov.uk rural communities] This kit has been designed to be used by all types of tourism. This easy to follow manual gives a step-by-step guide to greening your business, reducing your costs and in the process giving you that extra marketing edge.

3. Become a member of Visit Cornwall or South West Tourism by contacting them by email: membership@cornwallenterprise.co.uk or telephone on: 01872 322905

4. Implement / gain a green accreditation. Many businesses in Cornwall are already doing all the hard work, but are not shouting about it, remember your guests are not psychic! By officially gaining that ‘green stamp’, you can prove how wonderful you really are! There are several to choose from and CoaST will be able to give you the best advice. Give them a call today on 01872 562 057 or 0845 203 7070 (calls cost standard local rate).

4. Go forth and green your accommodation!

Visitors can also help by:

1. Searching for green accommodation online at http://www.visitcornwall.com , this fantastic website allows you to search availability, grading, price and importantly green awards.

2. If your accommodation provider does not have a green accreditation, talk to them, ask them about what they are doing to reduce their environmental impact and be more responsible.

Whilst on holiday you can:

  • Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
  • Compost
  • Buy local produce
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Looking after native species on their grounds
  • Supporting charity and community work
  • Ask the staff if they are happy and well looked after
  • Give feedback to your accommodation provider

3. Remember, you have the power! The feedback that you give to your accommodation provider will help convince them to be more sustainable … perhaps you could even convince them to implement a green accreditation!

4. However, in some cases green accreditation is not suitable for all accommodation providers as it can be very costly. In these situations it is better for you to be the judge, for example Bankside B&B in St Austell have taken several steps to incorporate the triple bottom line, including becoming the first accommodation provider to sponsor this project!

5. Go forth and investigate!

Accommodation providers can:

  •  Join the Cornwall Sustainable Tourism network (CoaST) www.cstn.org.uk
    CoaST work with everyone involved in tourism in Cornwall to ensure tourism delivers social, economic and environmental benefit for all, as well as a fantastic holiday for visitors. For a small fee you can become part of this growing, forward thinking, incredible network. With over 1,000 members you can pick up useful tips about anything and everything from information and supporting such as; where to buy the best local produce in your area, to implementing green accreditations, as well as access to members’ resources, not to mention FREE advice from members via the forum … so don’t delay join the coast network today!
  •  Start taking steps to reduce your impact, there are lots of FREE useful resources online.
  • Become a member of Visit Cornwall or South West Tourism by contacting them by email: membership@cornwallenterprise.co.uk or telephone on: 01872 322905
  • Implement / gain a green accreditation. Many businesses in Cornwall are already doing all the hard work, but are not shouting about it, remember your guests are not psychic! By officially gaining that ‘green stamp’, you can prove how wonderful you really are! There are several to choose from and CoaST will be able to give you the best advice with regards to which one will be most suitable for your business. Give them a call today 01872 562 057 or 0845 203 7070 (calls cost standard local rate).
  • Go forth and green your accommodation!