We’re proud to be Ireland’s greenest hotel. For over seven years we’ve been actively working to make our hotel as green and evironmentally friendly as possible. We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved and of the many awards we’ve won. Our guests tell us they prefer staying in a green hotel too. Have a look at the DVD in the lobby when you visit us, and ask us if you’d like a personal environmental tour – you might be able to take some tips home.
Our environmental plan has resulted in changing the way we use energy, our recycling and composting activities and our approach to building and renovation. We no longer use oil for heating and we have significantly reduced our carbon footprint (we’re aiming to be carbon neutral). Even the swimming pool and leisure centre are more eco-friendly than most.
We recycle as much waste as possible, and involve our guests in this through Green Bins in the bedrooms. We have installed an ultra-efficient composter, endearingly called “Big Hanna”, which takes cooked as well as raw waste, so even left over food can be composted. All this means we have reduced the amount of waste going to landfill from 240 tonnes a year right down to just 35 tonnes. Overall our carbon emissions are already down by 65%.
In the kitchen we have policies of purchasing in bulk whenever possible and have cut out individual jams, butters etc. In bathrooms you’ll notice hand wash dispensers are used instead of soaps. We source local foods where possible and use locally harvested seaweed in our seaweed baths in the Cedar Spa.
Any extensions to the hotel follow international best practice in terms of air tightness, materials used and energy use.
Take a walk around outside and you’ll see the effects of an arboricultural programme including 2,000 new hardwood trees (and soon a nature trail.) The Playtop playground surface is comprised of recycled car tyres and runners while the adventure area uses natural treebark.
Our plan for the future is to make the hotel carbon neutral. This ambitious but we always set our sights high. We’ll do this through continuing to implement our environmental plan, focusing on energy, waste, water and light management. Our guests and their positive experience while staying with us will remain a priority. On a wider scale, we have a vision of a greener Westport, involving environmentally friendly transport (of guests and of supplies).