The GTBS is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK. Originally developed in partnership with VisitScotland, it is now the only national scheme to be independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) on behalf of VisitEngland, VisitWales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and endorsed by VisitScotland and Failte Ireland.
We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a Silver award from the GTBS in our first assessment under the scheme in June 2013. The grading was achieved through our performance across a rigorous set of criteria covering a range of areas, like energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more.
The GTBS have extensive criteria –by no means is it a case of switching to Ecover and making your own marmalade to pass their assessment. We know that there are some areas where our existing practices are very sound, but there are also areas where we could do so much more. The criteria are providing an excellent set of principles for us to work towards, and the application process has already prompted a number of changes. We see the initial assessment as an objective check of where we are, with clear guidance as to how we can make further changes over time.
Richmond House has always been a luxury Bed & Breakfast, and our guests’ comfort remains at the forefront of our ethos. We don’t think that environmental friendliness equals scratchy toilet paper, so will be carrying out extensive research and trials to ensure that any changes we make provide the same or improved levels of quality and comfort for our guests.
This page of the website outlines our practices and policies to date, and plans for the future!
You can also follow our progress in our Greener B and B Blog.
Richmond House's Environment Policy
These are some of the measures we have in place to reduce our waste, pollution, carbon impact and environmental impact:
- We use a range of locally produced ingredients in our breakfasts
◦ We use fair trade and rainforest alliance certified teas
◦ We refill sterilised glass jars and containers to eliminate portion packs
- We've introduced a new range of quality bathroom products for you to enjoy that are completely sulphate and paraben free
◦ We offer an early luggage drop-off, and complimentary early check in from 2pm to guests leaving their cars at home
◦ Richmond House is cleaned using environmentally friendly products, many of which we make ourselves using natural ingredients
◦ We make donations to a water charity for guests choosing to extend their use of bedlinen and towels
◦ We use recycled toilet paper and FSC approved napkins
◦ We recycle as much as we possible, and donate useful empty pots and egg boxes to a local nursery for craft activities
- Our food waste is collected by Eco Food Recycling Ltd and treated in a nearby Anaerobic Digester (AD) plant that recycles food waste and produces energy and fertiliser.
◦ We use low energy light bulbs throughout the house
◦ Your water is heated in an energy efficient boiler, and radiators in your rooms can be individually controlled
◦ The insulation of the building has been significantly improved
◦ We provide jute bags for you to store recyclable waste items such as plastic, paper and glass in your room
◦ Weather permitting, we line dry your towels
◦ We strive to make efficient use of paper (use of email, online check in and 100% tree free printing paper)
◦ We try to organise our day so that we are not wasteful, and use machines efficiently
Richmond House's Responsible Guest Charter
Richmond House has always been a luxury Bed & Breakfast, and our guests’ comfort remains at the forefront of our ethos. Your stay is your holiday, but if you’d like to give the environment a little break whilst you’re here, here are some suggestions of small choices you could make:
- You could switch off the lights in your room when you’re not using them
◦ You could use water with care
◦ You could turn off the TV using the button on top of the unit, or at the mains
- You could lower the temperature of the radiator in your room when you're not using it
◦ You could leave the car at home …….
- Best of all, why not choose to enjoy some of the fabulous natural areas in the Chichester District?
We’ll be introducing a range of new initiatives over time, and already have some pretty special offers for visitors making greener choices:
Free Early Check-In from 2pm :
Leave your car or motorbike at home, and you can have full access to your room from 2pm with no early check-in supplement. If you've travelled to Chichester by public transport you are also welcome to drop your luggage at Richmond House at any time from 11am so you can explore the city with both hands!
50/50 Green Parking Space:
We've created a second off-street parking space for guests who choose to travel to Richmond House by car, but know they won't be using their vehicle whilst in Chichester. By parking at the back of the carport, your car won't be accessible whilst another vehicle is parked in front of it, but we make all the arrangements with the other driver in order for you to get away when you need to.
Water Aid :
The industry standard for accommodation providers is to change all towels and bedlinen avery three days, but if you're staying for four or five days and choose to keep your linen throughout, we'll donate £5 to Water Aid. Since introducing this initiative in April 2013, our guests' choices have enabled WaterAid to provide two set of tools needed to build a well. Small choices, big impact.