Langeland Island guesthouse B&B, Denmark

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Responsible tourism: Langeland Island guesthouse B&B, Denmark

Environment

Our values are basically about respect for life and recognition of the deep connection we, as humans, have with all living beings. We, who share this globe, share oxygen and thereby everything.

Our own experience of the world determines how it looks. If we turn it upside down it looks different – crazy maybe. But it is also full of unknown possibilities, for those who dare to see.

That is why inspiration is so important. Inspiration means to “draw in the spirit”. It is often experienced as an impulse, a spark, an idea that is conceived. Or simply joy. It makes us feel more alive and make us want to embark on new adventures – and thereby new solutions. At Æblegaarden we see it as one our most noble purposes to create a frame in which this process can unfold.

On a more concrete level this is expressed in a wish to help find constructive solutions for the climate changes as well as other environmental imbalances.

This have resulted in the following environmental policy:

Heating and insulation: The house (and water) is heated with an entirely new ground source heat pump . In the field north of the house is buried 2600 feet hose and the pump is situated in the workshop in the barn. The pump works in principle as a reverse refrigerator.

We have chosen to have brand new heating pipes and radiators, which gives an optimal utilization of the heat.
If you would like to know more about the principle of heat pumps, then please contact us.

Most floors of the house have been pulled up and insulated with 300 mm. Where ever possible, the old floors have been laid again.

Headboards and ceiling are insulated with flax, which is an environmentally friendly insulating material, with the advantage that you can work with it without getting any skin- or respiratory problems.

Renovation of the house: In many places we have reused the original materials from the house or other recyclable materials. F.ex. Our kitchen cabinet doors are bought from a recycling company and put on a new frame.

The walls are painted in most places with homemade paint - known as an emulsion paint.

It is actually cheaper than buying plastic paint and gives both a better indoor climate, as it doesn’t "close" the surface, and a better environment because no artificial chemicals are used. It has been easy to work with this kind of paint. In some places, we have also used linseed oil paint - but that was NOT so easy to work with - and consequently most woodwork has been painted with turpentine-based paint.

In our other material choices, we have similarly attempted to compensate for the practical, sensible, environmentally sound and economic against each other.

Washing and cleaning: We use detergents with enzymes and no phosphate and washes usually by 30 degrees C. We are currently experimenting with the use of alternative, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions including " Wash nuts" from the Himalayas, which can be decomposted and "laundry balls" with enzymes that break down bacteria, etc. via a high PH value. The clothes are dried on our English "airer" below the ceiling in the laundry room, and outside on the clothesline when the weather permits and (unfortunately still a little too often) in the dryer.

Our cleaning products are environmentally safe and without perfume - we also recomend that our guests limit their use of perfumed products during their stay in order to make a more welcoming environment for people with allergies.

Household: Flour, grains, spices and other groceries and dairy products are ALWAYS organic.

Fruit, vegetables, meat and other fresh produce are as far as possible (approx. 90%) organic.

We try to also be aware of their geographical origin and try to minimize the transportation of our consumer goods. Following the same philosophy we buy for example local strawberries when in season, although they are not organic, when we know they were grown in a garden, and certainly have not been exposed to pesticides. What is grown in our own garden may not be called organic either, because we are not under government control.

Dividing and recycling waste is for us a natural action and we try to minimize the amount of packaging, plastic and tinfoil used in our household.

Finally a word about energy saving bulbs: In this house we do not like them! We know that many people swear to them to be the big "energy savers", but they give a very nasty and unpleasant light, which actually is not fit for a nice and relaxing home environment. And because we simultaneously do not feel convinced that the total energy consumption (including production and degradation) is much smaller than for ordinary light bulbs, we have chosen to go another way and put dimmers on many of our lamps, so that we can turn down to maybe 10-15W and that way both create a nice lighting and save energy.

Like most, we have a myriad of electrical things that uses standby power when they are not switched off. So we do our best to remember! As a guest, we hope you will help us by remembering to turn off lights when you're not in the room!

As for hot water, we have plenty of it. We love ourselves to take hot showers in the morning and it's a great luxury every day to kick-start your body in this way. But remember that in Denmark we actually bathe in clean water ... So please be grateful and send some loving thoughts to the water. Reportedly it can feel the good vibrations.

Community

We support local artists and other small local businesses by promoting their work in our B&B. In the kitcenette you'll find a number of leaflets and other promotional information that will help you to find the local businesses we recommend. Among them are “Helsehesten” that offers horseback riding on Icelanders in the woods and beaches around Tranekær. We also have an arrangement with a local company that can provide you with a rental bike, for the duration of your stay.

We also try to buy as much locally grown produce as possible and often buy from smallholders, selling by the side of the road. From Aeroe we get locally produced beef, from Scottish highlanders which have lived outside all year and have only been fed grass. From Fyn we get excellent locally produced lamb that has had similar conditions.

We support the local community by providing an apprenticeship for young unemployed people, who need to gain job experience in order to move on in life.

As for craftsmen we always use local builders.

We have an excellent relationship with a fellow B&B’s in our area and cooperate to send business on in case we are already full or for other reasons unable to serve someone.

We always greet our neighbors, people in shops etc. kindly and with respect - and encourage our guests to do the same.

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