Brockville Bed and Breakfast
Tobermory - Isle of Mull

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Brockville Green Policy

We are working to reduce the impact that our home has on the environment and modelling our activities in accord with the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

 RECYCLING & WASTE REDUCTION

  • We actively promote and encourage waste recycling.  We provide appropriate bins for our rubbish – plastics, paper, cardboard, newspaper, glass, batteries, clothes and books.

  • We reuse whatever we can, and if we cannot reuse it ourselves, we pass it on for others to do so.

 ENERGY

  • We are always looking at new ways to reduce consumption and have recently installed double glazing throughout the house, as well as increasing our loft insulation to 30cm.

  • We have this year (2013) installed solar panels.

  • When guests are out, we switch off TV’s, towel rails and lower the heating temperatures, or turn off, if appropriate.

  • Monitoring our electricity and heating use helps identify energy wastage.

 LAUNDRY

  • Washing is done using low temperature wash cycles, using phosphate-free detergent. We encourage the reuse of towels and have a drying horse for napkins and cloths.

  • We use outdoor washing lines to dry laundry, weather permitting.

  • We have a programme to replace light bulbs with energy efficient ones.

 FOODSTUFFS

  • At Breakfast, to save waste, we prepare food to order.

  • To reduce food miles, we source as much of our food locally as possible, utilising Scottish or British food, whenever possible.

  • We prefer unpacked fruit and veg, wherever we can buy it.

  • We shop using local stores for our breakfast produce. The Cooperative store, Tobermory Fish Company and our local butcher, Wynne Brothers of Fort William. 

  • We grow our own garnish herbs and make our own breads, marmalade and lemon curd.

  • Helen makes the biscuits, cakes and tray bakes served in the rooms, to complement award winning biscuits from our local Island bakery in Tobermory. 

  • On the hospitality trays, we use individual storage jars, using Fairtrade coffee and we provide fresh milk, rather than UHT portions to reduce packaging. We also offer Fairtrade and organic teas.  Kettles show cup marks on the side, so only the necessary amount of water need be heated.

 CLEANING MATERIALS

  • To reduce the use of harmful chemicals, we use Ecover environmentally friendly cleaning products.

  • Bathroom products are free from SLS, SLES and Paraben preservatives.

 MISCELLANEOUS

  • We encourage the use of public transport by providing lifts to and from the bus stops in Tobermory. 

  • On our website, we give full details of public transport.

  • In our rooms we provide options for days out without cars, and maps, books and leaflets of activities which needn’t involve car-use, i.e. horse-riding, fishing, golf, tennis, canoeing and swimming.

  • Where possible, we communicate by email and we keep paper records to an absolute minimum, at all times.

  • We are constantly looking for ways to minimise our impact on the environment and always welcome any suggestions to assist in achieving our goals.

Helen Chalmers, Brockville, Raeric Road, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6RS, Tel: 01688 302741 E-mail: helen@brockville-tobermory.co.uk