We can all make changes within our businesses in order to be more eco-friendly, whether they are big or small. Contrary to common misconceptions, these changes don’t have to be expensive or inconvenient! It is important for us to be responsible in our ways of working, in order to help our plant by reducing our carbon footprint and lowering our waste output. There are plenty of businesses in Cornwall which are flying the green flag, such as these ten below, kindly nominated by our loyal social media following…
Have we missed any out? Let us know in the comments!
Pendragon Country House, Camelford
A multi award winning beautifully presented 5-star family run country house, offering quality accommodation at its best. The owners are committed to providing a luxury holiday that is also sustainable. Green holidays are important to them, and therefore, they have implemented a number of measures that aim to make their business practices as sustainable as possible. In addition to their measures for energy saving, they also have a range of renewable energy generation systems and super-efficient energy saving heating systems. They have made great strides in reducing the impact of their business on the environment and now only use a ‘Green Tariff’ for our electricity supply.
Merlin Farm Holiday Cottages, Mawgan Porth
Merlin Farm Holiday Cottages are located at the end of a long private lane, nestled in countryside with far views across the rolling hills. When booking your holiday at Merlin Farm they want you to be assured that they do everything they can to ensure their business has the least possible impact on the environment. They recycle & compost as much of their waste as possible. They have even created a dog poo composter. Their Eco Cottages are well insulated to maximise energy efficiency & Cathedral Style windows provide passive solar heating, further reducing need for other heating source.
The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth
The Scarlet is a ‘grown-ups only’ hotel, Cornwall’s escape for adults and your chance to get away and recharge your batteries. Sustainability is not just something that they feel is right, it has become a way of life. They strive to redefine what luxury can be, a richness of experience without over-consumption. They have taken responsibility for reducing the negative impacts their actions and activities have on the environment and their local community. Their ‘Cherish the World’ ethos, which is embraced by their whole team, is not simply something that they feel is right, it has become their way of life.
The Eden Project, Par
The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. Sustainability is at the heart of what they are all about and is a major part of the message they hope to convey. The visitor destination in Cornwall, UK, is nestled in a huge crater. Massive Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to their striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events. Registered charity number 1093070 (The Eden Trust). Money raised supports their transformational projects and learning programmes.
Active Colour, Redruth
Active Colour are a high quality printing company based in Cornwall. Utilising a comprehensive range of equipment allied with the latest technologies, they offer a complete package from design or artwork supplied, through to the finished product. They can produce anything from business cards and stationery to leaflets, greetings cards, magazines, brochures and books. As a responsible business, they constantly strive to minimize their environmental impact in all areas, from production to materials used.
Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth
Serene contemporary spaces fused with warm, helpful welcomes. Elegant cuisine set against stunning vistas. Deep soft beds calling out to sleepy heads. Salt on the breeze. The Greenbank Hotel, perched on Falmouth’s historic waterfront, is an experience like no other. What’s more is that they have taken significant steps to make the hotel as environmentally friendly as possible, as well as supporting a number of initiatives in the local community. They’re also proud to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Goldstar Awards – the highest accolade given by the GTBS.
Shoreshine Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, Hayle
Shoreshine are a family run Carpet, Rug and Upholstery cleaning business based in and covering West Cornwall, offering carpet, rug or upholstered furniture cleaning for your home or business. Wherever possible they use eco-friendly cleaning products for the benefit of the environment. They don’t just offer one way to clean a carpet there are several ways and it all depends on your requirements and the condition of the carpet.
Pioneer Environmental Buildings, Truro
Pioneer Environmental Building Company design and construct unique, environmentally conscious, timber framed buildings for private and community use. They offer a complete Design & Build service, turning your ideas into beautiful spaces, and tailoring each build to customers’ requirements. The company combines exceptional craftsmanship with environmental practices, to create contemporary, energy-efficient buildings that are healthy for both the environment and the people using them.
Carpet Knights, Truro
Carpet Knights, ‘Cornwall’s favourite Eco friendly carpet and upholstery cleaners’ are based in Truro. They are ideally situated to reach out over every part of the county. Goron and Sarah opened their doors in 2004 and during the startup of Carpet Knights they became concerned about the cleaning solutions traditionally used in the carpet and upholstery cleaning industry. They found that many of the products were extremely strong and in many instances damaging to the fibers of the carpet. This led them to search out a more modern, safer approach. They use environmentally friendly carpet and upholstery cleaning solutions and have adopted more sustainable practices in all areas of their business.
Gadles Farm Cottages, Ponsanooth
At Gadles Farm, they take caring for the environment very seriously. They commissioned a Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group report to study the wildlife on the farm and are now using the findings of the report to improve wildlife habitats on the farm. They are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, and as such are fully committed to continuous good environmental practice and sustainable development of their business. They not only comply with relevant legislation as a minimum level of performance, but also regularly review and monitor our policies to reduce the negative impact they have on the environment.