We are proud to be a runner up in the Scottish Borders Council Business Excellence Awards 2012 in the Green Business Category.
This page tells you about the measures we take to be environmentally friendly and also provides links to websites in case you would like more information on any of them.
We believe passionately that we can provide a bed and breakfast experience which offers the highest levels of comfort to our guests, without having a detrimental effect on the environment. In everything we do we consider how we can offer maximum comfort and convenience to our guests in such a way as to protect the environment as far as possible.
- We have installed solar PV panels, which generate electricity during daylight hours and, as well as providing us with power, any excess is fed into the national grid and so reduces the amount of electricity which is generated from non-renewable sources.
- Central heating is provided in all rooms, but the radiators are fitted with individual thermostatically controlled valves, so that guests can adjust the heat to the level which is most comfortable for them. Double glazing and thick loft insulation help to conserve the heat.
- We have a combination boiler, which means you will never run out of hot water as it heats it on demand, but does not waste energy by keeping a tank full of hot water when it is not required.
- The breakfast/sitting room has a log fire which uses wood from windfalls and prunings from our own woodland.
- We use cloth tablecloths and napkins, rather than paper ones.
- Cleaning and laundry products and toiletries from are made from natural ingredients, without the use of artificial chemicals.
- Glass, plastic, metal and paper are all re-cycled and any larger items are taken to the local recycling plant.
- Food served is, as far as possible, in season and grown and purchased locally. We also grow some of our own fruit and vegetables.
- We support Fair Trade. Our tea, coffee, chocolate and sugar is fair trade, as well as consumables such as kitchen roll, tissues etc.
- Books and magazines are provided and left for guests to read.
- We encourage wildlife and bio-diversity and provide suitable habitats for wildlife.
- Both cultivated and wild flowers attract insects, bees and butterflies.
- The natural woodland provides homes for insects and small mammals.
- We have put up bat boxes and nesting boxes and bird feeders. See some of the birds we have visiting on our Garden Birds page.
We hope you support our efforts to make The Croft as environmentally friendly as we can, whilst providing you, our guests, with a high level of comfort and convenience.
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