A Question of Sustainability
An association to which we belong, Johansens, wrote to ask if we qualified for being considered “green.” The writer knew we did, however was following protocol. She provided a list of eight activities/policies. Any three of the activities/policies would assure that we are green. We are doing all eight, plus substantially more.
The inn and restaurant recycles everything possible and all organic wastes are composted on the property – waste management! And the compost is used in our garden which produces 25% of the produce we use. In addition our kitchen provides vegan food at night and and ovo-lacto vegetarian meals in the AM. We have eliminated eggs and dairy in all baking. The following information has been reported earlier in this blog and is worth repeating. Eating with us substantially impacts a guest’s carbon footprint when visiting the Mendocino Coast:
The following calculations are based on an average caloric intake of 3,740 calories per day -
The average American diet produces 13.25 pounds of CO2 and CO2 equivalents per day!
Vegetarian diets that include dairy and eggs generate 7.37 pounds of CO2/CO2 equivalents per day!
Vegan whole food diet generates only 1 1/8 lb of CO2/CO2 Equivalents!
For those of you who don’t know, we use/do the following -
We use biodiesel to power our trucks. The biodiesel is made from recycled plant oils from a potato chip factory.
We have switched from commercial clothes washers to LG TROMMs which actually rate as small commercial machines. Most importantly, they use substantially less water per pound of laundry. In our rooms, all toilets are rated at 1.6 gallons per flush or less (many are 1.1 gallon Elgers); all faucets and showers are low flow.
Our pool is a salt water pool – one that uses salt as the source of sanitizer.
All cleaning products are sustainable and non-toxic (unless concentrated, such as a citrus oil).
We continually monitor activity on Big River to assure that it is not being damaged by illegal activities, such as pulling out “sinkers” logs which were jammed into the river’s bed during the early days of logging. These logs significantly damaged spawning beds but which became the site of spawning beds in the current era.
We provide low impact access to the beauty of this area – mountain bikes, canoes, kayaks and outrigger redwood canoes.
We carefully purchase in-room amenities – finding products that are sustainably produced and provide soap in pump bottles for hand and body.
We deeply research products – e.g., is an organic, non-vegan (animal based) mattress more sustainable than one made from petrochemical products. (Try dealing with this issue with so little information available!) Our decisions are based on what makes the most sense.
Thought you would like to know!