Sustainability

Sustainabilitywat is duurzaamheid

is to ensure that we deal with our planet in such a way that our children and future generations can continue to meet their needs.
Sustainability = ensuring that the earth remains habitable.

That is close to our hearts:

  • We separate our waste completely according to the applicable rules.
  • We use as many 'green' cleaning agents as possible.
  • We try to reduce our electricity consumption through a growing amount of 'green' energy, the use of LED lighting, timers, ...
  • We are trying to reduce our water consumption by installing energy-saving showers and choosing energy-efficient washing machines and drying cabinets.
  • An important part of our heating and hot water comes from geothermal energy. Our heat pump helps us to reduce costs.
  • We measure our water and electricity consumption on a weekly basis so that we can intervene quickly in the event of any irregularities.
  • We try to buy locally. We like to cook with regional products and use vegetables from our own vegetable garden as much as possible.
  • We offer a shuttle service for guests who want to travel by public transport.

But we would also like to support a few projects outside our domain:
  • The Etablissements et Services d'Aide par le Travail (ESAT) are medical-social institutions that focus on the social and professional integration of disabled adults.  They employ people who, due to their work capacity, are unable to work in a normal or adapted company or to carry out a self-employed professional activity. In this context, we would like to call upon the laundry of ADEI - Accompagner, Développer, Eduquer, Insérer - in Jonzac to wash and iron an important part of our linen.
  • La glanerie du moulin in Pons is a recycling centre run by the Socio Culturel Centre in Pons. It is an organisation that collects donations, revalues them, redistributes them in order to give them a second life and to make people aware of sustainable development. Much of our crockery and furniture is bought there.
  • Macco vzw stands for Malawi Arts & Crafts Collective vzw. This project, supported by Anne Van Bortel, aims to guide people to an independent commercial local activity through knowledge transfer, coaching and logistical support. This means giving local opportunities to everyone, especially women and the weak, to be able to do something independently in a sector for which they have a talent, while respecting their culture and understanding their difficult economic circumstances.
  • Our decorative bed textiles were made by a charity in Africa.

 

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