[fusion_text]The Swantown Inn & Spa is our business, it is also our home. That is why it was easy for us to apply for and be certified by TripAdvisor as a “Green Leader”
. We do not use harsh chemicals or herbicides unless required by code.
We make our own laundry powder for washing, and even a stain remover. We also make a air freshener, that technically is safe to drink, but I do not know why you would want such peppermint breathe!
In the garden we use no chemicals whatsoever. We are beekeepers and want to keep the ladies happy! Round-up is evil. It messes with bees “radar”. It may be more work but pulling weeds by hand is a great workout!
Back in the guestrooms we encourage towel reuse, but will also happily give you new ones on request. We run a high efficiency washer and dryer, however that still is the biggest energy and resource user in the Inn.
The guestrooms have individual heat control, and we maintain the temperature so that it is lower and more comfortable to sleep at night. Again if you need it hot you can crank up the heat. That level we find is different depending on where you are from! Californians in general think under 70 degrees is cold, whereas Canadians think 65 degrees is a heat wave.
Generally we recycle like crazy! We have the smallest residential bin on offer for a household of our size. We try to keep a small footprint.
Back tot he garden and we attempt, somewhat successfully, to grow a lot of our own produce. Vegetables and berries mainly. We try to source the excess need locally. The blueberry farm is a favorite for this when it is the season.
Basically we are trying to leave our little space better for our kids. We have three of them. They deserve to experience the same awesome world we grew up with.[/fusion_text]