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The Peace and Plenty Inn was built in 1888, she is not a purpose built property but a beautiful old Victorian Villa built in an era where sustainability was a word that noobody had ever heard about. Therefore it was a challenge to source and carry out all the environmental ideas that we wished to achieve in making the Peace and Plenty not only a warm and friendly place to welcome guests, but at the same time ensure that our guests were not compromised in any way on the high standard we aim to provide.
We believe that it’s our duty to help and protect this wonderful country that we have the pleasure to enjoy and live in, not only in our lifetime but also in the lifetime of my grandchildren. To this end we’ve developed an environmental plan and welcome your support for the initiatives we have put in place. We invite you to partake in our environmental polices; any ideas or suggestions would be warmly welcomed.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded Qualmark Enviro Gold due to our sustanability practices outlined below. Evniro Gold is the highest rating available under Qualmark ceritification. In order to achieve this the Peace and Plenty Inn has had to comply with a stringent set of responsible torism crteria designed to extend environmental and socially responsible actions for tourism businesses. The criteria recongnises energy, water, waste, communicy, conservation programes and monitoring.
The Peace and Plenty sustainability policy works on the fundamental principles of RE-USE, REDUCE and RECYCLE in the following areas:
Community and Conservation
We at the Peace and Plenty belong to a variety of different associations and charities as well as donate our time and money to various local causes. For more information please see the Qualmark Sustainability report via the link below.
Carbon Foot Print
Independent assessments indicate that an international visitor on a 10-day tour of New Zealand will have up to 90 per cent lower carbon footprint if they use Inter City and Newman's transport services than if they drive themselves in a modern 2.0 litre rental car. www.destinationcarbonneutral.co.nz
Air New Zealand's new Dreamliner planes could be called Greenliner as they have cut emissions by 30%. www.airnewzealand.co.nz
In summer there is a good train service to Wellington. www.transcenic.co.nz
If you are concerned about your environmental impact as you travel through New Zealand, we offer you the chance to reduce your carbon footprint by helping reforest Motuihe Island. This experience is a great day out. Visitors work in the nursery or planting trees for half a day, are then given lunch and then have the rest of the day to explore the island. www.motuihe.org.nz
However, we at the Peace and Plenty are aware that pollution is an every day concern. Therefore we give you the option to reduce your carbon emissions continuously throughout your stay with us.
We start your journey in Auckland by offering you choices on how you arrive at the Peace and Plenty: Our own personal driver only drives the latest model/environmental car and eventually will use Hybrid Cars as transport has to continually involve. As he lives with 5mins of the Peace and Plenty it enables him to be economical with fuel as he is working almost from the point of pick-up.
The Airbus leaves the airport approximately every 10 mins, guest can catch the bus to Auckland Waterfront, then catch the ferry over to Devonport we are only a few minutes walk away. The Shuttle bus operates from the airport frequently and will bring you directly to our door. Green Cabs are also available at the airport and operate hybrid cars.
As stated above the Peace and Plenty are very aware that how we conduct our business can have major effects on the environment and our local community. As a member of Devonport Community & Business Association the Peace and Plenty try to, where possible, purchase our products locally. This not only boosts the local economy but also cuts down on pollution via car emissions.
Wise purchasing to the Peace and Plenty also means considering not only where our products come from but also how they are made and the impact this may have on the world at large.
Earthcare Bathroom Tissue
Earthcare Bathroom Tissue has been specially created by ABC Tissue for companies and organisations that have made a real commitment to environmental sustainability. Earthcare is manufactured in accordance with the fundamental principles of RE-USE, REDUCE and RECYCLE. The paper used to manufacture Earthcare is recycled unused office waste paper (known as "office whites"). The use of this recycled paper is estimated to save half a million trees annually. Oxygen rather than chlorine is used to bleach the paper, and the water used at the mill is recycled and re-used. All Earthcare products are fully bio-degradable.
Harney and Sons Organic Teas
As organic tea is in demand these days, Harney and Sons developed a line of teas, which are certified as grown and processed without artificial fertilisers and pesticides. They also certify that they are a pleasure to drink. Harney and Sons use Quality Assurance International as their certifier, which in turn reports their compliance to the USDA. Three of these blends are also Fair Trade certified.
Organic Breakfast: Historic researchers trace this tea's heritage back to the teas that the English drank regularly in the 1800's. Kosher & Fair Trade certified.
Organic Earl Grey: Four teas blended with natural oil of bergamot, then infused for over a month in special containers. Kosher and Fair Trade certified.
Organic Green with Citrus and Gingko: This refreshing blend delivers the benefits associated with green tea and ginkgo, with the bright taste of natural citrus. Kosher and Fair Trade certified.
Organic Passion Plum with Ginseng: This caffeine free herbal brew delivers delicious taste with the added benefits of American Ginseng. Kosher certified.
Fair Trade Coffee
We also buy Chiasso Fair Trade/Organic coffee locally. The coffee is a Pascolo blend which is a blend of Ethiopian, Mexican and Papua New Guinean coffee beans all of which are both Organic and Fair Trade. These beans are supplied to Chiasso by Trade Aid in Christchurch.
Devonport Organic City Farm.
Many thanks for your help and advice over the past 2/3 years.
Also for providing me with organic fertilizer for the flower barrels in Devonport, organized by myself through the Devonport Business Association of which I am a committee member.
The Green Thing
We didn't have the green thing back in our day.
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