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Green Hydro gets the gold

When it comes to the environment, we take things pretty seriously. After all, if it wasn’t for the natural spring water supply (which is the whole reason our guests first visited back in 1868 for hydropathic treatments) we wouldn’t have a business at all. Not to mention all of the fresh air, stunning views and great outdoors that guests just keep on coming back for.

So, we know that the environment is just as important to us as we are to it. That’s why we’re committed to going about our business in a responsible and thoughtful way, to help reduce the impact that we have on the environment. And our efforts mean that we’ve just been awarded the Gold Green Tourism Award.

Green Tourism is considered one of the most rigorous certification programmes of its kind, and it’s the only one independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT). But let’s talk a little about how we got the gold…

Every day we recycle mountains of cardboard, paper, plastic, batteries, glass, print cartridges, cooking oil. You name it, we’ll recycle it. And we’re always looking to send less to landfill.

Our Head Gardener, Dave and his team’s re-use project has seen some pretty exciting things being created out of very little. They’ve taken old pallets and bits of wood and made everything from pop-up bars for party nights, to storage units for outside our self-catering accommodation. You might even spot a wee toadstool for the kids to play on too. Our Dave won’t see anything wasted, and he’s pretty creative too.

And it doesn’t stop there. Going forward we’re going to donate our used duvets to make starter packs for homeless people, or cat and dog beds for rescue centres. We’ve also been collecting the soap bars from our bedrooms. They’ll be put through a process to break them down, sterilise and recycle them to be used in countries with poor sanitation through Mary’s Meals.

We’ll also be donating any old furniture and other bits and bobs to Remake Scotland whenever we’re renovating. Remake, is a Crieff based charity that gives community groups and individuals cheap and alternative art and craft materials, in order to turn potential landfill into a new spruced up object of desire, making great stuff from old stuff.

In the meantime, we’re using solar panels, highly efficient boilers to keep you cosy, and water saving showers. We put a big emphasis on sourcing local produce where possible, and encourage our guests to do their bit too, by including a £1 donation on your bill toward the Big Tree Country initiative. Big Tree Country do brilliant work in preserving our surroundings here in the Perthshire countryside and we hope you’re as keen as we are to support them.

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