Responsible Visitor Charter
We are working to make our centre more eco-friendly, but we need your help! We can all reduce our impact in the environment by making choices.
As a visitor you have a very important role to play in helping us to conserve our natural assets and become a more sustainable destination. Here are some examples of what we do and our recommend tips on how you can help.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Here at Cruachan we automatically print any documents two sided, reducing the amount of paper used. Scrap paper is re used to make handy notepads, before being put in the paper recycling bin.
- Aluminium drinks cans are crushed and uplifted for recycling along with glass bottles and plastics.
- Avoid using batteries whenever possible as careful disposal is essential. Try and use rechargeable batteries or mains electricity.
- Avoid using Aerosol cans, they are highly energy intensive and the gases used can be harmful to the earth's atmosphere. Try and buy products that use pump sprays instead.
- None of the cleaning products used at Cruachan contain bleach.
- Wood ash can be sprinkled around the garden; it is especially good for soft fruit as it contains valuable potash, which improves soil quality.
- Compost all of your food waste at home. When food waste goes into a landfill, methane gas is produced and this contributes to climate change. If you put your food waste into a compost bin the oxygen in the air diffuses the production of methane gas and therefore doesn't contribute to climate change.
Separate any waste so that it can be recycled, use our bins here on site.
- Reduce energy by switching off lights, TV etc when you leave the room.
- You can save energy by using energy efficient light bulbs. These are just as bright as regular ones and as they use less energy to produce the same amount of light, they also last for longer. This is good for the environment as it reduces Co2 emissions and is also good for your pocket as they need to be replaced much less often than standard bulbs.
- Don';t leave your electrical equipment on standby, leaving electrical items on standby still uses power and switching these off at the socket not only saves energy but will also save you money too.
- Turn down the temperature on your washing machine, washing your clothes at a lower temperature helps to save energy and still keeps your whites white.
- Dry your clothes outside. Tumble-drying clothes uses energy and this costs money. Why not hang your clothes outside and let them dry in the wind for free
Visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk for more information.
Be Water Wise
- The UK has rising costs for water treatment and flood defence so please use water wisely.
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
- Having a shower uses much less water than having bath and as less water is being used, less water is being heated meaning, more energy is being saved!
- The next time you go to boil the kettle make sure it only has the water that you need. Boiling a full kettle when you don't have to wastes time, energy and money.
- In the centre we use no mains water. The water in our toilets is pumped up from the loch, this preserves our natural supply of hill water which we filter and use for drinking.
If you are here on holiday, follow your accommodation provider's towel and linen policies. Visit www.water-guide.org.uk for more information.
Give the Car a Rest
- Leave the car behind if only for a day. Walk, cycle or use public transport.
- Try and car share whenever possible, a large amount of station and visitor centre staff car share regularly, when they can't take public transport.
More information is available from www.traveline.org.uk and www.sustrans.org.uk.
- Buy local products that give you a flavour of the area and help support local communities.
Here at Cruachan we use locally produced food in the cafe when possible and we stock local products in the shop. Please ask a member of staff for more information.
- Help us to look after the landscape and wildlife by not littering, guarding against fire and using footpaths and cycle ways responsibly.
- There are lots of forest tracks for both cycling and walking in the area; these are a wonderful resource for discovering our local habitat. Please ask at reception if you would like any brochures.
- Here at the centre we have a great variety of trees in the gardens. Look closely and you will see some have identity tags letting you know what kind of tree they are.
We are lucky here at Cruachan to be home to a selection of birds, including a pair of breeding ospreys. We have binoculars available to borrow from reception.
Support Green Business
- There are thousands of businesses in the British Isles working to reduce their carbon footprint through the green tourism scheme. At Cruachan our staff are highly motivated into looking after the environment, it does not take much time to prepare for recycling and we think it is very worthwhile.
- For more information please visit www.green-business.co.uk