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Green Features at The Waring House

At The Waring House, we want to move toward sustainability. That’s why, in our recent expansion, we included an impressive array of environmentally friendly features to reduce our carbon footprint and to be responsible stewards of the environment.

  • Geothermal heat and air conditioning – totally energy efficient heating and cooling from Mother Earth. All of the rooms in the two lodges are served by this system with no auxiliary heat or cooling source
  • Niagara water-efficient (6 litres per flush, 54% less water), “flapper-less” toilets designed by a Phil Hennessy from Prince Edward County
  • Energy efficient bulbs or dimmer-controlled lights
  • Solar-powered hot water heating
  • Energy efficient, electric fireplaces
  • A septic system using a bio-filter system – the water that leaves it and goes into the tile bed is almost potable, vastly lowering the nitrate load in the surrounding soil

Throughout our inn, we’ve also implemented changes to make our whole operation more environmentally friendly:

  • Bathroom soaps and shampoos — and their containers — are totally biodegradable and green.
  • Room amenity toiletry products are free of parabens, phthalates, and artificial colours. They and their containers are totally completely biodegradable, and friendly for the environment. The world honey bee population is in crisis.  A portion of Gilchrist and Soames’ proceeds from this product supports honey bee and sustainable pollination research.
  • Luxurious (and huge) bath towels and robes made from 100% renewable resource cotton
  • Mattresses with pillow tops that can be zippered and replaced, rather than throwing mattresses away
  • Beds changed every other day (unless the guest requests otherwise) to save on detergents and water
  • Waring House vegetable garden supplying part of our kitchen needs (in season)
  • Stenning Bee Hives are in place at The Waring House to provide a home for our busy buzzing friends
  • Pesticide-free lawns and gardens.
  • Local, in-season food producers and organic growers are featured in our restaurants and reduce the environmental cost of transportation.
  • Recycling and composting are part of our everyday routine. We are exploring various options for reducing all left-over scraps to compost.
  • Laundry is done in the most energy-saving and environmentally friendly fashion possible; e.g. gas dryers versus electric, commercial washing machines versus household machines.
  • Environmentally-friendly cleaning products are used throughout our property.
  • We avoid the use of bottled water — Prince Edward County water is safe to drink.
  • Guests are encouraged to avoid contaminating their hot tubs with oils and lotions. Contaminated tubs have to be completely emptied and refilled; 125 gallons of wasted water each time
  • We are exploring a carbon neutral status by reforestation.
  • Leftover room amenity soaps are sent to a central repository for recycling and distribution to various social projects.