Bindon Bottom Environmental Policy
We feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful area of England and hope that you too discover and appreciate the beauty of this part of Dorset. The Jurassic Coast is a natural World Heritage site, and Lulworth Cove forms part of this coastline, extending from Old Harry Rocks in the East to Orcombe Point in the West. It is also part of the route of the South West Coastal Path. To help preserve this part of England and the planet in general, we place great emphasis on this, our environmental policy, to reduce our impact and help sustain things for generations to come.
Management & Marketing
We are fully committed to the philosophy of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling in all that we do. We also strongly believe in eliminating the use of chemical based household, garden and personal cleaning products and toiletries.
To reduce the needs for brochures etc, we have developed a comprehensive website that we hope will provide all the information to enable guests and potential guests to fully inform themselves about Bindon Bottom and whether Bindon Bottom is the right bed & breakfast for them. Where we do need to generate information in paper form, this will always be from sustainable or recycled paper products.
Our primary method of communication is via email and telephone. We aim to keep paper communications to a minimum. Where we do need to generate information in paper form, this will always be from sustainable or recycled paper products.
There being no gas available in West Lulworth, Bindon Bottom currently uses electricity for heating, lighting and cooking, as well a coal fired Rayburn for cooking and hot water in the winter. Off peak electricity is used during the night.
We use low energy light bulbs throughout Bindon Bottom and we try to ensure that electrical appliances are not left on standby.
We plan to review other options for renewable energy sources such as solar, and also will be looking into secondary glazing systems, additional draught exclusion and roof insulation. As we decorate and upgrade our rooms, we will also review the most appropriate and energy efficient heating system.
We are always conscious of our water consumption and will be reviewing ways to reduce our use over the coming year.We try to only boil the necessary amount of water in kettles and only use the washing machines and dishwasher on full loads. We only use environmentally friendly products from Bio D, based in Yorkshire (www.biodegradable.biz) and ECOVER for all cleaning products so as not to return harmful chemicals back into the water system and also reduce chemical exposure to our guests, as well as ourselves. Our Certified Organic bed linen is washed and handled with great care by 'Creases Laundry Service' in Wareham (Tel 01929 553 355), who are a small family run business, and who wash with ECOVER especially for us.
To help provide clean air quality, we are a totally no smoking establishment both inside and outside the property.
We aim to reuse, and if this is not possible, recycle as much as possible. We try to buy products and produce with minimal packaging, and packaging that is recyclable or compostable. An example of our reuse policy is the water provided in guest rooms these are provided in glass bottles which are filled with Brita filtered water. Each day, if used, these bottles are sterilised and refilled. We compost as much waste as possible and will soon be purchasing a worm compost to improve our waste management. We also use micro fibre cloths for cleaning rather than disposable cloths.
Our aim is to always use local products and produce wherever possible to help support the local area and minimise movement of goods. Local produce is used in our breakfasts and this is organic where possible. Where we cannot buy locally, we try to source as close as possible and always try to ensure that products and produce is from the UK. Obviously, there are certain items, such as breakfast fruit and juices that are not produced in the UK, so in these circumstances, we always try to source from a local outlet.
All our toiletries are from Neals Yard Remedies (www.nealsyardremedies.com), whose eco- factory is based in Gillingham, Dorset. They promise to be eco-friendly, using natural ingredients from ethical, sustainable sources, no SLS, parabens or petrochemicals, no animal testing and minimum packaging, recyclable or biodegradable. If you like these products, you can purchase them from us!
Public transport to and from Lulworth is not extensive, but there is a bus service from Wool train station to Lulworth Cove, as well as a taxi service in the village. To explore the Jurassic Coast, there is the X53 bus service that runs from Poole to Exeter.
Lulworth Cove is on the South West Coastal Path and the Purbeck Cycleway, so Bindon Bottom is an ideal location for a walking/cycling holiday. We offer a pickup/set down service as well as a baggage transfer service to guests who are on a walking/cycling holiday. Cycle hire is available in Wareham, a 15 minute drive from West Lulworth.
We support the RSPB (www.rspb.org.uk) and Dorset Wildlife Trust (www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk) and will be putting in place measures in our own garden to better help wildlife. We try to garden without the use of chemicals.
We still have a long way to go and there are a number of areas we still need to review and put plans in place to reduce our environmental footprint. However, we hope that this policy demonstrates our commitment and that you will appreciate the policies and ethics we already have in place.
If you would like to learn more about Green Tourism and Business, follow this link www.green-business.co.uk.