What makes a stay with us a green holiday

If you’re looking for a holiday with a low environmental impact, we’re here to help

We’re an award winning Gold Member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme  and a Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Champion. You can read the full how and why of our Green Story by clicking here.

Our Responsible Visitor Charter contains tips for making your holiday a green one.

EV Charger

Transport

We have a “pay as you go” 7Kw EV charging point on site. Guests need the Voltshare app, available to download from app stores.  The network of ev chargers in our rural area has improved significantly; use our post code SY23 5NP on Zero Carbon World and Zap Map to find other nearby points.

Sadly, buses are almost an extinct species in rural West Wales. We can’t ask you to ditch the car, but do provide Day Trip suggestions to make the most of every journey. We can encourage you to use bikes; a socket is available for free charging of electric bikes and Afan in Aberystwyth and Bike Bike Bike in Cardigan do e-bike hire.

Chart of solar PV array energy generation

Energy & Water

All heating and hot water is generated by a biomass boiler in a carbon neutral district heating system, supported by additional solar thermal tubes. Electricity for this system and all the needs of our house and the cottages is provided by a 4kWh 22 panel solar photo-voltaic array alongside electricity from the grid sourced on a 100% renewable energy tariff.

We are not on mains water or sewerage. Our supply is spring fed, with the water being treated on site before entering the cottages. All waste water is treated through a reed bed filtration system before being discharged into groundwater.

Green Tourism Gold Award - Banceithin

Sustainable Purchasing

We try to ensure everything from teabags to towels, from meat in the pies to pillows you sleep on, are procured as sustainably as possible. To navigate green washing and find businesses making real efforts to offer genuinely sustainable options, we follow four principles:

  • do we need to buy, or can we reduce, refuse, repair or re-use;
  • be socially responsible;
  • be guided by organisations such as Ethical Consumer
  • balance supporting local or British independent businesses but buy a less sustainable product against buying online but the most sustainable product we can afford.
Plastic Free Champion badge and Green Tourism Gold Star Award

Waste Minimisation

We have full recycling and food composting facilities on site, but prefer to start with Repair, Refuse, Reduce or Re-use, and only then do we get to Recycle. Our Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Champion award recognizes our commitment to refusing single use plastics.

We collect your corks, beer bottle tops and crisp packets. We give you re-usable cleaning cloths, storage containers, silicone food covers, shopping bags and water bottles. We wrap your welcome goodies in recycled paper bags sealed with recycled paper tape. We pop your dog’s home made treats in a little tin.

Ethical Consumer magazines

Social Responsibility

We try to tread lightly on the earth and help you to do the same. We use our consumer purchasing power to boycott Amazon, HSBC and similar corporate brands in favour of smaller, more ethical businesses. Our Banceithin Bible guides you towards independent shops, eateries and activity providers, places to encounter Welsh culture, where to enjoy Ceredigion like a local.

We support charities that share our beliefs, selling RSPB badges, collecting stamps for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and twinning toilets in aid of Tear Fund. We believe in food without cruelty, factory farms or caged animals; for every booking we donate £1 to support Compassion in World Farming.

Our Nature Adventure Box for children

Biodiversity & Environmental Impact

We believe protection of wildlife and our surrounding environment is vital to the future of us all. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment, but want to share our enjoyment of the biodiversity of our home. We planted native trees, fruit trees and shrubs, and created wild and cut flower patches and ponds, put up nest boxes and retained acres of grassland as habitat to enhance the existing eco-system. Alongside this we encourage guests to explore what we have through boardwalks, treehouses, fire pit, nature guides, binoculars and, for children, a box of ideas for a nature adventure.

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