Information on our Eco Lodge
What is our definition of an ecolodge?
It is located in a rural area where there is wildlife.
It employs systems that protect the environment from pollution and degradation.
It employs energy saving tactics and possibly renewable energy technology.
It employs, or has access to, interpretive nature guides who are either trained in biology or have significant local knowledge of the habitat.
It provides books, posters, maps, photographs, orientation talks or other ways to inform guests and visitors about the biology and history of the area.
It helps train and employ local people at fair wages.
It helps inform guests, staff and visitors on the importance and value of a healthy ecosystem and describes how to best enjoy the area without impacting it.
It contributes to the local economy and helps demonstrate that ecotourism is a more sustainable long term way to earn income than destroying or altering habitats for short term gains.
Our Environmental Policy
Most internal and external lighting has been changed to low energy bulbs and fittings. Guests are requested to reduce consumption further by switching off lights and televisions when the room is not occupied.
We try to minimise the use of the business vehicle as far as possible and combine trips with other purposes. In addition, home deliveries of products via local suppliers where available are arranged.
Radiator thermostats are turned down to a low setting while the building is unoccupied. Guests are free to increase the setting if the room is too cold for them. It is better to increase the temperature in a room rather than have to reduce it by opening a window.
There is also a timer on the radiators, these can be set to either 1/2 an hour, 1 hour or 2 hours before automaticaly switching off.
Fresh linens and towels are provided for each new guest and they are changed when specificaly asked for by those on an extended visit.
Where possible linens are dried and aired naturally in our utility room.
We have energy saving Eco washing machines in our utility room, which we use on a low setting whenever possible
As and when appliances have reached the end of their useful life and are deemed beyond economical repair only new energy efficient versions will be purchased.
Chemical Usage/ Toiletries
Washing of towels and linens only when necessary/requested thereby keeping detergent and energy usage to a minimum.
We use a sufficient amount of chemicals to ensure cleanliness and hygiene standards whilst making sure nothing is used to excess.
When we have to use cleaning chemicals we use items that are 100% biodegradable and where possible phosphate free.
This is not only better for the environment, it is less harmful to the bio-organisms in our septic tank.
Use of a steam cleaner to create a clean sterile environment without the use of chemicals.
We have installed dispensers for Hand wash which we refill as and when necessary.
Re-Cycling & Composting
Receptacles are provided for guest use for the recycling of newspapers and magazines, glass bottles, food and drinks cans and plastic.
All recyclable material is collected by M.E.S.S (Mull and Iona Environmentally Sensitive Solutions) and taken to an appropriate recycling facility.
When we have them, used plastic carrier bags are utilised in the waste bins in the bedrooms instead of new bags.
All suitable kitchen and garden waste is composted.
The reverse of printed notices are re-used for internal printing purposes or scrap paper.
Envelopes are re-used where possible.
As and when linens, curtains or other fabrics have reached the end of their useful life they are reused as furniture coverings, rags or taken to an appropriate recycling facility.
Our water comes from a spring on the hillside. It is plentiful and free, guests do not have to conserve water. However, we prefer that our guests do not waste the hot water.
We have our own septic tanks to purify the waste water.
We do not have a dishwasher.
We support the local economy by using local suppliers and producers where possible.
We try to use as much Organic and Fair Trade produce as possible.
Purchasing of environmentally friendly concentrated cleaning chemicals in 5 Litre containers that can be diluted on site.
Our hand wash is purchased from 'Out of Eden' in 5 Litre containers which we dispense into containers.
When buying any item we consider how many environmental miles the product has travelled.
We make a point of choosing products that have the least number of environmental miles. This helps us to support local producers while helping to reduce carbon emissions.
We try where possible to use businesses or companies with a published environmental policy.
All toilet and kitchen rolls that we use are made from 100% recycled material.
Our contribution to M.E.S.S
We have a lost property box, anything that has not been reclaimed after a month is donated to the 'Island Castaways' two charity shops that are operated by MESS (Mull and Iona Environmentally Sensitive Solutions).
There is one in Craignure and one in Bunessan that encouage the re-use of items.
We also buy books and videos for the lodge from this organisation.
The proceeds are used to support other areas of the MESS projects, the rest is donated to local good causes.
Click here for the M.E.S.S recycling webpage
Alan Greenway and Hannah Morris Arle Lodge, nr Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA726JS, UK
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from 9:30am - 11:30am then 3:30pm - 7:00pm
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