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The Rumblie Green Policy 2015

Our Commitment and Development – At The Rumblie Guest House, Fiona and Simon are committed to doing as much as we can to help protect our environment. We work hard to maintain and exceed the highest standards in the Green Tourism Business Scheme. We continue to implement environmental practices to ensure that we are as “green” as possible. This means having a policy of sound and responsible environmental management, leading to a sustainable use of resources and optimal management of waste. Fiona attends Green Events to continue to improve and re-enforce knowledge of green issues, 2012 saw the development of Webinars so training could be undertaken without increasing our Carbon Footprint.

Environmental legislation – We endeavor to prevent pollution and comply with all legislation

Continuous Improvements towards Carbon Reductions – We review our energy usage aiming to reduce our requirements year on year. 2005 is our Bench Mark year and our aim is to reduce our Carbon Footprint by 30% by 2020. We are looking at Carbon Foot printing our business in 2013/14 to establish our step reductions needed to meet this target.

Efficient Use of Energy – We are committed to the use and production of renewable energy. We have 20 Solar PV panels and a biomass boiler for our hot water & heating.  We continue to move towards being 100% LED lights across the business – at the end of 2012 we stood at having 40% with the rest being Low Energy bulbs/compact fluorescent. Our washing machines, fridges, freezers, main oven & dishwasher are “A” rated or better, items are replaced with the best possible energy rating that we can achieve.

Efficient Use of Water - We reduce the amount of water used whenever possible, so we installed low flush toilets and pipes contain flow restrictors to reduce the amount of water delivered, our newest dishwasher uses 6.5litrs of water per cycle compared to the usual 10lts  and water butts are used to collect rainwater for use in the garden.

Minimise Our Waste – We Reduce, Re-use and Recycle, purchasing items in bulk, re-using items whenever possible in many different ways, and finally recycle what we cannot find a ongoing or further use for. A Battery box & Recycling Point are provided for our guests.  We have a commitment for 2013 for No Food Waste to go to landfill – we’ve got a Hot Box along with our standard compost bins.

Minimise Chemical Use – All cleaning products used at The Rumblie are free from chlorine & phosphates, increasing we use micro fiber cloths which require just a spray of water to work.

Tree Planting & Wildlife Support – We support the aims of Trees for Life and have established The Rumblie Grove – guests are welcome to contribute to this fund. We have developed a natural pond and provide refuges and habitats to encourage a diversity of insect population for the benefit of all wildlife.

Support Local Producers and Ethical Approach – We support local producers such as Connage Dairy and organic farmers across Scotland via Macleod Organics; increasingly the majority of our purchasing is via co-operative run shops – our local Co-Op store in Newtonmore and Highland Wholefoods in Inverness which is a worker co-operative and a local soap producer Highland Soaps.  Many of our products are Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and we sell these type of items as well.

Transport – We operate a low impact car and offer pickups for walkers and others traveling by train for times try Traveline. We encourage visitors to use local walks and leave the car in the car park. Our work with walking companies has had a large increase in visitors arriving by foot in 2011- 2014.

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