The Green Tourism Business Scheme was established in 1997 and covers the whole of the UK. It is the largest and most established scheme of its type in the World. One of the main aims of the scheme is to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of sustainable tourism in the future.
By using businesses accredited by the Green Tourism Business Scheme for your holiday or overnight stay, you can be assured that certain environmental criteria have been met by the accommodation you choose. Seamill Hydro is assessed every two years against rigorous criteria, covering areas such as energy efficiency, waste minimisation and recycling, use of local produce, and support of public transport.Businesses that meet the required standard receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold award, based on their level of achievement. Improving sustainability whilst still delivering a high quality service is imperative and so all accommodation providers have to attain a star grading before they can gain a green grading.
We are mad about recycling and have reduced our landfill waste by 75% since embarking on the scheme, we recycle our cardboard, paper, plastic, tin, aluminium and glass. Even our cooking oil is turned into biodiesel and our printer cartridges are sent away to be refilled too. We also try to use local produce and visit a local farmers market twice a week rather then using imported fruit and veg as much as possible. Further to this we also try to help our guests to be enviromentially friendly and offer a free bus service to and from the local train station at West Kilbride.