At Eagle House, we believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to work toward a sustainable future. We are dedicated to doing all we can to protect our planet for future generations.
We are proud to be a member of the Staffordshire Business & Environment Network (sben) who aim to so support organisations to achieve long term sustainability and maximise their business opportunities through innovative environmental activity.
We have also completed the Carbon Literacy Project training course for business.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
To limit waste, Eagle House provides guests with multi-use toiletries. Where possible, these are provided in refillable containers. Reusable black cloth flannels are also provided for makeup removal.
Where practicable, we locally source all of our products and collect them in reusable packaging. There is no single-use packaging associated with any of our meat products. We also endeavour not to use fruit and vegetables which use single-use packing. However, this is not always possible.
A lot of the furniture and decoration in the house is pre owned. Where possible, we avoid buying new products. This helps us limit our carbon footprint and means that the items we buy are in keeping with the house.
Guests are provided with milk and water in their room in reusable glass bottles.
Towels and linens are not routinely replaced each day, unless requested by guests. This is to reduce energy and water consumption.
Although we try our best to limit our waste, it is not always possible to eliminate it. Where packaging is used we will always attempt to make sure it is recyclable. We recycle all of the glass, cans, paper, cardboard and recyclable plastics (including some soft plastics) used by us and our guests.
Helen regularly litter picks in the local area and gives away free home grown vegetable seedlings to our guests.
Minimising food miles has had a significant impact on our menu and our choices of suppliers. Where reasonably practicable we source all of our ingredients locally. As you approach Eagle House, you will pass our vegetable patch as well as several fruit trees and bushes. Produce from our garden is used whenever it is in season and available. We compost all our food waste in our garden.
It has been shown that vegetarian and vegan diets tend to have far lower carbon, water and ecological footprints than those of meat eaters. We aim to support all of our guests in making sustainable choices and offer a dedicated vegetarian and vegan menu.
We believe that food provenance is particularly important for animal products and all of our meat is reared within five miles of Eccleshall.
We support environmental, sustainable transport by providing local public transport information to our guests.
Bicycle storage is also available at Eagle House.
Electric Vehicle charger
For information about using our Electric Vehicle charger during your stay, please click here.
We encourage our guests to take sustainability into their own hands through both energy and water conservation. Linens and towels are changed on request. This helps us to reduce the energy and water necessary for laundry.
We use energy-efficient LED light bulbs throughout the building. Outdoor lights are on timers and indoor lighting is kept to a minimum at night. The building is separated into several zones, each with its own thermostat.
We use a zero carbon electricity tariff. On average, 75% of the electricity we use comes from renewable sources , significantly above the national average of 40%. The remaining 25% cones form Nuclear Energy. The residual carbon footprint is offset by our energy supplier. Our supplier also offsets the carbon footprint associated with our gas usage by supporting carbon emission reduction products in the developing world.
To limit our energy use we have recently (2023) upgraded our loft insulation. Roof spaces are now lined with glass wool insulation in excess of the current building regulations recommend depth of 270mm.
If the internet was a country, it would be the 4th largest polluter! So it is important that we do our bit to limit our digital impact. We have chosen our hosting platform, SiteGround, because we believe that their sustainability values align with our own. They use the premium Google Cloud infrastructure which matches 100% of its consumption with renewable sources. We have also optimised our website to limit our impact by reducing loading times. SiteGround has assed our impact to be on average 0.31g of CO2 per visit. This is less CO2 than 80% of the URLs tested.
Sustainability success in 2023 and beyond!
Sustainability is at the heart of our personal, as well as our business, ethos. We want to do all we can to minimise our impact on the planet. To meet our goals, we invested heavily in sustainability in 2023. Improvements we made have resulted in a huge 50% reduction in our per room per night carbon footprint in 2023 when compared to 2022. This equates to an annual saving of 1.2 tons of CO2e.
As a small business we understand the importance of supporting other local independent retailers. We are proud to work with the following suppliers.
Our local award-winning Master Butcher guarantees that their animal produce is reared within five miles of Eccleshall.
Our guests often complement the quality and taste of their bacon and sausages served in our breakfasts.
Our guests love David’s “Eagle House Breakfast Blend”. Specially made just for us, it is an excellent all day drinking blend. Rich and sweet with a satisfying hit. David has a vast knowledge of coffee and we enjoy chatting to him in his shop in the village centre and learning all about the various processes involved.