At THE GORDON ARMS Restaurant with Rooms, Yarrow Valley, Scottish Borders we are conscious of our environment and carbon footprint. We are endeavouring to achieve sustainable tourism for our guests, employees and local community.
We are very pleased to share good news with you – we have received a new award GREEN TOURISM SILVER.
BELOW ARE EXAMPLES OF OUR ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY INITIATIVES:
We recycle all paper, cardboard, glass, plastic products, cooking oil, light bulbs and etc
We offer to guests to have their towels and bed linen washed only as required
We started our big project – KITCHEN GARDEN – to grow our own produce
We use eco-friendly 100% naked sprout renewable and biodegradable toilet paper in our rooms
We use local wood from Galashiels for the rooms’ new furniture
We use hygienic and disposable paper bath mats in our bathrooms
We are very lucky to have natural spring water which is served in washable water jags. Any mineral water in glass bottles is recycled
We started using external local rental laundry, which helps reduce water and energy consumption
We don’t use plastic straws anymore
We replaced all our boilers in the building to more energy efficient contemporary ones
We started using refillable dispensing bottles for toiletries in the toilets and bathrooms
‘Save the Trees’: we have incorporated a lot of local information and attractions on our website to cut down the use of printed brochures and leaflets.
80% of the ingredients we use are local produce, a further 17% are from rest of the UK and 3% are from other European countries. You can find a short list of our local produce here.