Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is putting sustainability in the spotlight this year, with the creation of a new eco leader role to focus on how the hotel can be kinder on the environment.
General manager at the luxury boutique hotel in Oxfordshire Jan-Paul Kroese told Boutique Hotelier that the new position has been filled by the property’s current health and safety officer, who will now dedicate time to assessing how the business can perform in ‘greener’ ways.
Described as a ‘big initiative for this year’, Kroese said that the five-star, 32-bedroom, Raymond Blanc-run property is evolving to ensure it is sustainable on ‘all levels’, with its renowned kitchen garden at its core.
The eco leader is supported by an eco team, made up of other staff members, who meet every month to discuss potential improvements and developments.
Le Manoir has also met its pledge to reduce its landfill waste by 100% and is now working with facility’s management giant MITIE to recycle everything it uses, from candles to batteries and furniture.
Alongside the hotel’s orchard, which is home to a range of pear, apple, apricot trees planted by Raymond himself, Le Manoir is hoping to create a bee hive which Kroese says will help grow the orchard by about 10%.
“Big innovative we are having this year is all about being more sustainable and obviously Raymond’s belief has always been about the kitchen garden with sustainability at its core,” Kroese tells BH.
“We don’t throw away anything and MITIE is the company that tries to match our waste with somebody else who can use that waste. We’ve been working together with them for about a year now and it’s been really successful. For example office chairs – we have some that are very old, so they found a company who takes them in and gives them a makeover and sells them on for a profit. They then supply us with new refurbished chairs.
“We are recycling old batteries too and encouraging staff to bring in their old ones from home and our eco leader will be responsible for finding things like compostable slippers,” he adds.