After attending various Environment Workshops and talks we realised (and you will too but you possibly need to be aged 40+ years…) that our parents had it figured long before ‘Eco Friendly’ became a buzz word.
I can still remember my father telling me to decide what I wanted in the fridge before looking into it for 5 minutes with the door open as it was a waste of electricity. Being told to switch off the lights, close the doors to keep out the draughts etc. As for water, most people had their own wells and didn’t dare waste it as you were liable to run out.
Where did we dispose of refuse? – For some strange reason we had very little; waste food (what little of it there was) went to the cats and dogs and possible a pig. I can’t recall plastic bags etc. as housewives had their shopping bags (before it was trendy) so refuse wasn’t nearly the issue it is today.
Every household grew their own fruit and vegetables and the glut was given to friends and neighbours or preserved for the winter months. You bought what you could from your neighbours because you knew exactly what you were getting.
The bottom line is that a lot can be done for the environment if we just stop and think about the simple stuff that we’ve been listening to for years but have forgotten to heed”.
Our Environment Policy
- Waste: We have renewed our efforts to recycle our waste, making arrangements with suppliers to take back their cardboard and upcycle plastic boxes using them for storage. Some bottles are returned to the suppliers and the rest go to recycling with plastic bottles, paper etc. Also we are monitoring food waste to see where it can be reduced.
- Water Waste: We are presently monitoring our water usage and are establishing ways of reducing waste water.
- Energy: We have switched to Airtricity as they are the biggest users of Renewable energy in Ireland. We assessed the output of all our electrical appliances to establish where we could make immediate changes and have made a conscious effort to use less electricity where at all possible. As equipment needs replacing we are committed to purchasing A+ rated products. We have changed all bulbs to LED bulbs and have heighten awareness regarding turning off appliances or leaving them on stand-by Oil and Solid Fuel During the summer months we have put the oil on a timer to ensure it is not left on unnoticed and also where possible avoid lighting the fire. In the medium term we are looking at installing a solid fuel stove to conserve energy.
- Green Purchasing Policy: Where possible we purchase from local suppliers.
- Shellfish – Burren Seafoods (Gerrry Sweeney who fishes from New Quay Pier) Any fish not supplied by Gerry comes from suppliers that are delivering to New Quay so that they aren’t using extra miles to deliver to us.
- Salads – Donocha Fahy, Finavarra (just down the road)
- Smoked Salmon – Kinvara Smoked Salmon
- Goats Cheese –St Tola Organic Cheese
- Ennistymon Breads – Ennistymon
- Desserts – Are all baked in our own kitchen, what we are not sourcing locally we purchase from Pallas (based in Limerick) who already deliver throughout the Burren Region.
Leave No Trace Leave No Trace Ireland
Leave No Trace Leave No Trace Ireland is a network of organisations and individuals with an interest in promoting the responsible recreational use of the outdoors. As increasing numbers of people seek the beauty and exhilaration of outdoor recreation, our collective mark on the environment and its natural processes, increases. Litter, disturbance to vegetation, water pollution, wildlife, livestock and other people are all indicators of the need to develop a national ethic that protects both natural and cultural heritage. Techniques designed to minimise the social and environmental impacts to these areas are incorporated into the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Education Programme.
The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark
The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark is partnering with Leave No Trace Ireland to identify and target opportunities for reducing environmental impact in recreational activity within the region. In co-operation with this initiative, we have completed Leave No Trace Awareness Training and are now an official Leave No Trace Partner 2014 At the heart of Leave No Trace are seven principles for reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities. These are: Plan Ahead and Prepare Be Considerate of Others Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife Travel and Camp on Durable Ground Leave What You Find Dispose of Waste Properly Minimise the Effects of Fire Leave No Trace Ireland promotes and inspires responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.
The programme strives to build awareness, appreciation and respect for Ireland’s natural and cultural heritage and is dedicated to creating a nationally recognised and accepted outdoor ethic that promotes personal responsibility. It encourages all outdoor enthusiasts (e.g. walkers, mountain bikers, canoeists, orienteerers, horse riders) to do their part to maintain those lands used by the public for the benefit of the environment and for future generations. Practicing a Leave No Trace ethic is simple. Make it hard for others to see or hear you and LEAVE NO TRACE of your visit. To learn more about the Leave No Trace programme, visit www.leavenotraceireland.org