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Chez Sven B&B, Wellfleet,
Question for May:
What's the silliest
question you've ever been asked by a guest?
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You were asked:
Many B&Bs are leading the way with environmentally-friendly
practices; what do you do to promote a green environment?
“Weatherbury Farm’s eco-friendly practices reflect our family’s
quarter-century-old personal philosophy, forged while living in
Germany in the early ‘80s. Information about how Weatherbury
Farm is environmentally friendly is on our own website and other
eco-friendly websites, as well as listed as specials on B&B
websites. The information is in our newsletters and guest
materials. Most importantly, we promote our eco-friendly
environment by personally living it.
“Our newest promotion will be ‘240,000 miles of fuel.’ That is
the number of miles a 30-mpg car could drive because of our
operational change from a traditional cow-calf operation to
grass-fed beef. Each pound of beef represents half a gallon of
fuel saved (fuel that is not used to plant, fertilize and
harvest corn to be fed to cattle in feedlots and fuel that is
not used to transport cattle to feedlots). If we sell 16,000
pounds of beef in 2007, that is 8,000 gallons of fuel, or
240,000 miles.” – Marcy Tudor,
Weatherbury Farm, Avella, PA
”We have a whole page on our website about green practices.
Besides bringing us guests who really care about the
environment, recently it motivated an invitation to be on a
panel about eco-tourism. We also introduce our guests to The
Green Guide and provide a shelf of books about the environment.”
– Alexandra Grabbe,
Chez Sven Bed &
Breakfast, Wellfleet, MA
“Our laundry products and light bulbs are environmentally
friendly, and we conserve water by reusing towels. Our guests
and our family recycle, and we follow the practices of
http://www.travelgreenwisconsin.com.” – Steve and
Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast, Sparta, WI
“Adaptive reuse of historic properties is indeed in itself major
recycling. Many 10,000+square-foot homes would not be preserved
and respected with the integrity they have if it were not for
the B&B industry. In Minnesota, we have churches, two jails, a
tugboat, two Pullman dining cars, a caboose, an old mill, an old
brewery, a round barn and even a sod house all "living" again
because of the industry.
“The bricks in our home were made here in Hastings, MN, from
clay from this area. The wood was from the local mill. Whether
it be the marble we rescued from another building, the double
pedestal sink from an old barber shop, or even the jewelry we
make from square nails or the wind chimes we make from old
electric connectors, we cannot be here without feeling
purposeful and humble and recyclers.
“One green practice we apply is the use of energy efficient
light bulbs, even though some guests think they look "strange"
in our antique light fixtures. We remind them Tom Edison did not
invent the light bulb to burn out; General Electric did that.
“It is a good feeling to share with guests that we care about
recycling, sustainable agriculture, serving organic produce, and
buying local. As you probably know, B&Bers choose this mode of
travel because they respect a slower pace, a respect for the
environment and history and preservation of it. Most often we
are preaching to the choir when we do share our environmental
philosophy with guests. We realize how very lucky we are to live
where we work, to know our local grocer, hardware man and
farmers at the Farmer's Market. It’s easy to live the green life
when you’re an innkeeper.
“I serve on a committee involved in an effort in Minnesota
called Green Routes (where visits to local farms, small town
restaurants, cafes and B&Bs that support sustainable agriculture
are encouraged) and is a very serious tourism promotion in
itself. Five nonprofits, including one I am very involved in,
are starting a new nonprofit called Heartland Food and Wine
Learning Center. The classes will revolve around teaching and
connecting those with the mission of supporting local foods and
organics. Connecting all of this to B&Bs is a natural.” – Pam
Rosewood - a thorwood property, Hastings, MN
“In 2004, the Gillum House was one of 15 West Virginia
businesses accepted into the WV DEP Office of Innovation
Environmental Management System training program. We committed
to one year of monthly classes in the state capitol. We learned
about ISO 14001 and had a site visit by a member of the Office
of Innovation to assess our environmental practices and make
suggestions for improvements. These classes proved that no
matter how large or small the business, environmental practices
“One of the tenets of the program was to strive for continual
improvement, and we were already doing just about everything we
could already. It was suggested we replace our 40-watt light
bulbs (used to preserve our antique lighting globes) with the
new low watt fluorescent bulbs. We did that and also acquired a
composter, which reduced our garbage output each week from three
bags of trash to one, as our largest source of garbage was the
fruit and vegetable waste from our breakfasts. We were awarded
five green triangles by
“We use colored linens so we can wash in cold water and do only
full loads. We use perfume-free, dye-free detergent to avoid
triggering anyone’s allergies. We line dry as much as possible
(only "fluff" towels and robes in dryer). We serve homemade from
scratch breakfasts so there is little packaging to discard. We
heat or cool only rooms in use. We use soap/shampoo/conditioner
dispensers in our bathrooms. We buy one newspaper to share. We
recycle all that our area will recycle - cans, plastic and
paper. These are just a few of our environmental practices.
“The Gillum House had adopted these practices from opening day
because “eco” does not just mean ecological; it also means
economical. We saved on our bottom line this way.” – Kathleen
Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, WV
discovered a wonderful Canadian company called Norwex Enviro
Products that makes antibacterial microfiber "rags" designed to
clean and eliminate 99.9% of bacteria on flat surfaces using
only water. By using Norwex antibacterial "rags" and their
wonderful microfiber mop to clean, we've been able to do away
with heavily-scented, environmentally-harmful chemicals like
furniture polish, window cleaner, carpet cleaner, kitchen
cleaners, floor cleaners, etc. We also use Norwex's drier balls
to eliminate the need for fabric softener sheets, and many other
of their natural products (mattress cleaner, odor eliminator,
descaler) in place of their harmful chemical
counterparts. Because of Norwex Enviro Products, our house is
more clean than it has been in years, we're helping instead of
hindering the health of our environment, and most important,
we're able to be a safe haven for all of our guests, even those
with allergies and sensitivities." –
Sherrie Hansen Decker,
Belle Inn, St. Ansgar, IA
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