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Caring for the Environment: Purchasing Policy

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns Purchasing Policy

As far as possible we choose to buy and use ‘green’ suppliers and goods as long as we are not compromising our guests’ comfort.

We try to assess each option very carefully, using green, ethical and natural priorities; realistically also the cost is significant and ideally we would always choose local products and suppliers.

Before making any decisions we would always consult the Green Tourism (Green Tourism Business Scheme) website, and the Peak District EQM (Environmental Quality Mark) list of recommended suppliers. We also always refer to Which? Magazine for objective reviews, and always try to go for the least damaging/best value option.

Both Ashbourne and Matlock are Fairtrade towns and there are many locally owned and very high quality shops, including grocers and delicatessens selling a variety of local and homemade foodstuffs. We always promote local farm shops, butchers and farmer’s markets to our guests, and the possibility of using catering services available in Parwich.

We inform all our guests how to make an online food order themselves before they arrive. Many of our guests choose to take advantage of this facility, and also to make an online order from Waitrose who will deliver to Parwich. We recommend ordering a delivery before their arrival, which we will check and put away for them.

When converting our two holiday cottages we took great care to make environmentally friendly decisions and purchases, reusing all the old stone and timber and use Valtti high performance eco-friendly paint on the exterior and Farrow & Ball Modern Emulsion inside.

As far as possible we aim to choose natural based toiletries, kitchen and laundry products for our guests, favouring Gilchrist & Soames’s Zero range for toiletries and ECover for kitchen and laundry.

We hope that by our using and promoting green products we may help raise environmental awareness and encourage others to buy environmentally sound products; for example we know that a number of our guests have started using Splosh for all their cleaning and laundry needs.

Green procurement has potentially direct environmental benefits – fewer emissions, less waste and more efficient resources use.

We hope that an increasing demand for green products acts as an incentive for technological development towards even better greener products.

Greener purchasing aims to avoid unnecessary purchasing by:


Angela and Robert Roebuck     Last reviewed 20 November 2016


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