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Hill House Bed and Breakfast is located at Shotley, Nr Ipswich, Suffolk. Keen to create a green business, here's what Richard and Hazel Wrinch have been doing to develop their business within the......

Hill House Bed and Breakfast is located at Shotley, Nr Ipswich, Suffolk. Keen to create a green business, here's what Richard and Hazel Wrinch have been doing to develop their business within the principles of being a sustainable tourism

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  • 1. Greening your business presentation by: Richard Wrinch Hill House Farm B&B and Orwell View Barns
  • 2.
    • Farm diversification business
    • Respect for the environment, landscape and wildlife
    • Developing products to attract environmentally aware consumer
    • Long term savings on utilities
    Why go green?
  • 3.
    • Office:
    • Stationery: reuse (scrap paper, envelopes); recycle printer cartridges
    • Low energy light bulbs
    • Kitchen:
    • Line drying (tumble drier when necessary)
    • Reuse of plastic bags
    • Bulk buying and refilling containers
    • Recycling: glass to recycling site
    • Recycling: paper and tins in blue bin
    • Waste: Vegetable scraps on farm compost heap
    • Bedrooms (ensuites)
    • Soaps from pump bottle dispensers
    • Low energy light bulbs
    • No bottled water
    • Eco-friendly cleaning materials
    • Towel agreement policy
    • Electrical appliances: Policy on purchasing A (A+) rated equipment
    • Local Produce: Bacon, sausages, eggs from own farm. Own mushrooms on occasions when in season locally
    What we’ve done…operations
  • 4.
    • Influencing consumer behaviour…
    • Towel agreement policy
    • Promote reuse, recycling and waste reduction during introductions
    • Energy efficiency notice in bedroom: Don’t leave heating on and open the windows
    • Promote use of local produce – Suffolk Breakfast Initiative
    • Provide information on local walking and cycling routes
    • Promote nature and wildlife on or around the farm
    • Encourage people to explore locally
    • Provide bus timetables
    • Created a Green Actions webpage on Internet site
    What we’ve done…customer
  • 5.
    • Small team employed
    • Green ethos developed by management
    • Informing staff on changes in regime i.e. new initiatives and explaining why?
    • Accepting practical feedback: Some eco cleaning products don’t work as well as commercial products
    Engaging staff
  • 6.
    • Cost savings on utilities – the only way is up
    • Local Food: An outlet for local producers within community
    • Business Profile: Attract responsible consumer seeking quality experiences
    • Developing the business to attract wildlife and outdoor motivated consumer
    • Doing the right thing
    What’s the benefit?
  • 7. What’s next – Orwell View Barns
    • Barn conversion – 3 self-catering units (Easter 2010)
    • Key green infrastructure planned:
    • Duel flush toilets
    • Insulation
    • Wood chip boiler
    • Investigating rain water harvesting
  • 8. Started on Visit Britain Green Start programme Monitor progress: energy consumption analysis – wood chip boiler planned Monitoring waste savings To stimulate ideas and actions from staff and guests To seek examples of good business practice to consider for new development To aim to achieve Green Tourism Business Scheme accreditation Next Steps…
  • 9. Conclusion Climate Change – Adaptation and Opportunities