UK: The boutique hotel and wedding venue Berwick Lodge in Bristol has updated its sustainability commitments since lockdown.
Berwick Lodge identified that most of its emissions stemmed from rooms, and in response to this made some eco-friendly decisions.
Products are locally sourced, including Bramley toiletries from Somerset. Coffee pods are now recyclable, supplied by WWF. The hotel has also partnered with Who Gives a Crap? which donates 50 per cent of its toilet paper profits to help improve sanitation in third world countries.
Other changes involve replacing menus with QR codes, making robes available on request, and complimentary electric car charging service to overnight guests.
In the gardens, the bee hives are now active which will help produce honey for use in the kitchen and the guest rooms. Apples that grew during lockdown were also sent to Gloucestershire company, Trust Juice, which relies on the help of Stonehouse students with learning difficulties to make apple juice for the hotel’s guests in 2022.
The property’s head gardener doesn’t use pesticides, only organic treatments. Any fallen trees are chopped for use in the hotel’s log burners and open fires, and newlyweds can plant a tree on the grounds.
Food and beverage offered in the restaurant is locally sourced where possible, including herbs from the kitchen garden, beef from next door at Berwick Lodge Farm, coffee from Wogan Coffee in Bristol, and house wine Three Choirs from Gloucestershire, to name a few.
Berwick Lodge has signed up to the Too Good To Go app, which ensures that surplus food is made available at a discount. Other technology advancements include developing an app to allow food orders from the table or within guest rooms.
The hotel is inviting additional suggestions and ideas via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.