As part of our commitment to going
green we have taken steps to improve our attitude
to what we buy and how we live. Here are a
few of the measures we have taken at present and will continue
to improve on.
- When we removed our garage to make room for the cottage
our neighbour used the door and roof trusses to make his
- We buy organic/Fair-trade
products for the use of the cottage and ourselves.
- We try to shop
locally to source our requirements.
- We try to buy or use
recycled products. We use recycled paper for all
our correspondence with matching recycled envelopes and
use both sides of the paper for printing. We recycle our
ink cartridges & use
recycled cartridges for the printer. Our outside signs and bench are
made from recycled plastic.
- We use energy saving Light bulbs in our homes. Our
house and the cottage have Better
Plan Electricity through Scottish Hydro, for
every unit we use they will put a unit of cleaner hydro
electricity into the national grid, also if we manage
to reduce our energy consumption by 20% in a year we
receive a cash credit up to £25 and
we can monitor our energy consumption by using the Better
Plan monitor linked to our homes.
- We recycle food waste by using
our compost bins and in winter our cows enjoy the vegetable
- We recycle cardboard, glass, paper, tins & cans.
At present we are unable to recycle plastic as we do not
have this facility.
- We try to walk as much as possible locally
instead of taking the car.
- We turn off the lights and Stand
By lights when they are not required.
- We have thermostats
on all of our radiators and our heating system is on a timer.
try to buy wooden furniture etc that is FSC approved.
use environmentally friendly cleaning products like Ecover
and microfibre products.
When planning for our cottage, we decided to provide all
the necessities for the stay by putting in a tea tray containing
(Fair-trade) coffee, tea, hot chocolate, herbal teas, home
made biscuits for guest arrival.
Other items which are provided are salt & pepper, Local
chocolates, Bio- degradable
bin liners, composting, recycling facilities, Ecover cleaning & washing
products, hand soaps and bubble bath from the Highland
soap co., Ecover shower & hair
shampoo, Organic cotton wool, cotton buds, recycled toilet
paper kitchen roll & tissues.
‘A’ rated appliances are used where possible
and guests are encouraged only
to use the dishwasher when full and are encouraged to use
the drying facilities instead of the tumble dryer. Due
to our location, the local transport up-to-date info is also
provided in cottage.