Bonham gets gold in green tourism

The Bonham Hotel in Edinburgh has won a gold environmental award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. The scheme has helped businesses across Scotland in the tourist industry lessen their impact on the environment. Previously a silver award winner, The Bonham has been working towards gold by implementing the following environmental measures: Recycling as much glass, plastic, paper, cardboard and cans as possible, including all newspapers left behind in the bedrooms Fitting low energy light bulbs into all bedroom lamps and throughout the hotel Fitting all bathrooms with aerated taps and water saving devices in the toilet cisterns and urinals. Both make a significant impact on water consumption The Bonham’s head chef Michael Bouyer uses only fruit and vegetables that are grown locally – of which at least 25% are organic To gain a GTBS award, businesses are assessed once every two years by IEMA registered environmental auditors, who have considerable experience within the tourism sector. The businesses are graded against over 120 measures of best practice, reflecting a balance of environmental, economic and social issues. “We recognise the fact that the nature of our services results in an overall impact on the environment,” says The Townhouse Company Sales & Marketing Jane Thomson. “By conducting our business in a responsible and thoughtful manner, we can dramatically improve the quality of our environment and also our guests’ overall experiences with us.”

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