We are extremely grateful for our beautiful riverside location and increasingly aware of the way our behaviour can negatively impact our environment and our community
We are on a journey and whilst we are not always able to invest in large “green” projects with high visibility – we have been encouraged by our Sustainability coach – Dominique King – to look at the small steps we can take to make an impact. We have found the most surprising benefit in developing a sustainability strategy is the sense of enjoyment and sense of purpose that our team have gained from our conversations as a united workforce.
Please read on to see a few of the efforts we have made this past year to improve the sustainability of our business.
Composting vegetable waste C/O Oakwood Market Garden
Replacing chemical usage with vinegar and E-Cloth cleaning system
Recycling all possible waste
Sourcing from our fantastic local producers — investing in local business and reducing our carbon footprint
Nurturing our small herb garden
Installing 3 x EV charging points and installing LED lighting
Reducing paper waste by digital recording and monitoring
Reducing single use plastics eg: pump action soaps in rooms (house bath salts) eliminating sachets
Using recycled / compostable products: eg: Boat House carpets, coffee cups, takeaway packaging, straws, chefs uniforms, sauce pots
Reinforcing insulation throughout the building
Expanding vegetarian and vegan options on our menu
Investing in new kitchen equipment to enable the team to work more efficiently and reduce stress
Investing in additional bike storage
Offering free ice cream in exchange for litter collected from the river bank
Offering free use of our Pine Loft and complimentary tea/coffee to local community groups and charities
Reducing supplier packaging by starting a conversation then offering to store and return boxes and investing in cold boxes for the drop off chilled goods
We welcome input from our suppliers and our customers as well as our team – please get in touch if you think we could do things differently.