Responsible tourism: Yarmouth holiday accommodation on the Isle of Wight
We aim to minimise the harmful effects and maximise the beneficial influences that our activities have on the Islandís environment.
We support a number of Isle of Wight environmental organisations (Gift to Nature, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Isle of Wight Ornithological Group, National Trust) that aim to protect the island's precious wildlife and encourage visitors to get closer to nature. We provide a pair of binoculars for guestsí use. We provide bird feeders and food.
We have adopted the islandís new waste collection scheme and note that recycling rates have tripled since its introduction in January 2012. We provide a kitchen caddy for food waste and a wheelie bin for recyclable waste. Instructions on waste collection and recycling are clearly displayed. We use electronic media as the core of our marketing strategy, advertising on several internet sites so our use of paper is minimal. We provide personal hygiene products in the same kind of formats as the guests may use in their own homes - we do not purchase individually packaged soaps, shampoos etc.
We encourage guests to be careful with their water use helped by the measures we have taken to reduce water consumption, e.g. low flow rate showers. We have one water butt and this is used for watering the garden.
We advise visitors (via the guest folder) how they can help us save energy by turning off lights, using the microwave rather than the cooker, not filling the kettle, not leaving appliances on standby etc. We have A-rated appliances and 80% light bulbs are low energy or LED. We have insulation in the loft.
Our website and brochure promote the use of public transport. We advise guests about public transport options if they leave their car behind and travel as foot passengers Ė very easy as we are close to Yarmouth ferry port. We provide guests with information on places to visit that are easily accessible via public transport and provide links to public transport providers, including ferry operators and buses. There is a bus stop within easy walking distance. We provide walking and cycling guides. We promote the use of Wight Cycle Hire based locally in Yarmouth and they can deliver cycles to the property. The island is popular with cyclists and has dedicated cycleways. Our website includes a link to CycleWight, a local organisation which promotes cycling. Guests are given access to the garage so that they can store cycles securely.
We support the responsible use of chemicals and long term protection of the planetís natural resources. When choosing products from our suppliers we therefore consider the value, performance, safety and wider sustainability impact of their products and operations, i.e. human safety, environmental safety, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, waste and sustainable sourcing. We use recycled products wherever possible including kitchen roll, bin bags and toilet paper. We include a list of suppliers of local produce and local crafts in our property. We provide a welcome hamper that includes local produce. We provide Fair Trade tea, coffee and sugar in the cottage.
We do a lot to promote the Isle of Wight and all the good things that happen on our wonderful island. We have active Facebook and Twitter pages and use our own website to promote the Isle of Wight, including a daily news item. We provide leaflets in all our properties on surrounding cultural attractions, including museums, National Trust and English Heritage properties, gardens, archeological sites, galleries, local events and festivals. We also have comprehensive information on our website and in our welcome pack, including where to shop for island produce and crafts.
We are members of the local Chamber of Commerce and are listed on the IOW Tourism website. We partner with the Isle of Wight ferry companies in order to provide discounted fares, including foot passenger fares, for our holiday guests. Teresa volunteers for the National Trust Isle of Wight and is a member of the Newtown National Nature Reserve team and the central volunteering team.
We use the services of a cleaner and caretaker from the local area (i.e. nearby village of Freshwater).