When we replace words like 'global warming' and 'climate change' with 'pollution' it forces us to look differently how we live. We all need to reduce our pollution contribution. Here at the Knowle at St Leonards we believe that the little efforts add up to big changes.
We use bathroom products made by a small company in the UK. All their products are made using natural, traceable raw ingredients with minimal processing. For safety we have opted for refillable plastic bottles instead of glass. The PET component of the bottles is a byproduct of sugar making process so as to minimise the impact on the environment.
Filtered water in reusable glass bottles is supplied in all rooms and in the dining room.
We offer flasks of cold fresh milk in the rooms, our dairy milk is from grass fed cows from a local farmer and is supplied in reusable bottles.
We have chosen coffee and tea suppliers for the rooms with enough paper/wrapping to be hygienic but with minimal single use plastic.
Our fruit and veg is supplied by no plastic and low plastic suppliers.
To cut down on waste we don't leave extras in the bathrooms. If you have forgotten any toiletries (cotton buds, cotton packs, shower hat, tooth brush, sanitary products), just ask.
Our rooms are decorated with vintage and antique furniture, which we think adds character to the rooms. We have tried to avoid short term furniture which may end up in a landfill.
Our electricity supply is generated from renewable sources.
Our Victorian house has been respectfully updated and insulated. For example, the curtains and blinds have a thermal lining, and the original Vctorian windows have been restored rather than replaced. We have 2 heating zones in the house, with individual thermostats on radiators to efficiently balance the heat throughout the house. We provide dual control electric blankets and can also provide higher tog duvets and for those who like or need to be warmer, just ask.
Our cleaners use eco cleaning products, including steam and ozone cleaning. We avoid single use cloths and wipes.
All kitchen food waste is hot composted for use in the gardens.
We seperate waste and recycle or reuse when possible.
We provide bins which allow guests to separate their room waste into recycling and rubbish.
Our organic no dig garden locks up far more CO2 than conventional gardening methods. No dig gardens absorb and retain more water too.
We plant pollinator friendly heritage seeds and we don’t use pesticides or sprays which encourages wildlife and natural predators.
Our mulches are home made, from local tree surgeons or mushroom compost.
Our food is locally sourced where possible and we opt for low packaging options. We only serve organic or high welfare fish, eggs and meat.