Environmental Policy for StoneCutters Kitchen

The staff and management of StoneCutters Kitchen are committed to our Environmental Policy and Plan.  This plan aims to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing our water and energy consumption and reducing our waste production and increase our level of recycling further, without impacting on the enjoyment of our customers.

All our staff and management have a role to play in our programme from Myles in the kitchen, who oversees waste management and energy consumption, to Karen who oversees the interaction with and the communication of information regarding our policies to our customers, to all our staff who carry out a lot of the on the ground work behind the implementation of the policies.

Our staff are introduced to the Environmental Policy during their in house training and they are encouraged to give their own feedback on any improvements that they would like to see which would help us reduce our carbon footprint. 

Our Environmental policy is not a marketing tool or something we are not taking seriously.  We have always attempted to have it at the centre of our lives and business.  We believe that respect for and protection of the environment should be the foundation on which we live and we have tried hard to minimize our impact on the natural world.

Working Together

We collaborate with all stakeholders to collectively develop the Geopark as a sustainable tourism destination.  

  • We are fully paid up and active members of the Burren Ecotourism Network since 2014
  • We make every effort to inform customers of what BEN is and how it works to promote sustainable tourism for the Cliff of Moher Geopark and climate/environmental awareness globally.
  • We regularly attend network and Geopark events and training and will continue to do so
  • We have adopted and implemented the Geopark Code of Practice for Sustainable Tourism and can provide evidence of same
  • We are active members of the Burren Food Trail and sit on the working group of the BFT as secretary.  When this terms finishes we will stay active members of the BFT and join the Networking committee going forward

A cared-for landscape

We actively participate in conserving our natural and cultural heritage. 

  • Myles and myself have completes the Leave No Trace training and actively encourage our staff to explain these principles to our customers
  • We display the LNT principles clearly on our web page with a link to LNT Ireland’s web page
  • We participate in the Burren Food Fayre each October which is part of the BEN conservation and Advocacy initive and part of the Burren Winterage Festival
  • We are part of the Adopt a Hedgerow initive looking after both the main road outside our business and the local back road behind our business, keeping them tidy of rubbish and monitoring for invasive species which we would report to Burren Beo

A well-understood heritage

We offer quality information and interpretation to communicate our stories and the unique character of our place to guests.  

  • We have attended Network and Geopark training in the past and would like to attend more
  • Our staff are predominately local so have a good local knowledge of the heritage and history of the region
  • Over winter 2017-18 we wish to develop a training programme for our staff to formalise their delivery of information
  • We have several links on our web page leading visitors to the Geopark and Burren National Park web sites

Vibrant Communities

We work to ensure that tourism makes a positive social contribution so that it benefits our community as well as our guests. 

  • We are active members of Doolin Tourism and sit on the steering group.  DT is a community group with a strong marketing membership.  We deal with tourism promotion for Doolin however we also represent the greater Doolin Community when fighting for community issues and infrastructure development, sustainably tourism practices and social issues.
  • We support Doolin Tidy Towns both with donations and sponsorship and also by physically helping them when possible.

Strengthened Livelihoods

We contribute to the local economy by maintaining and supporting local employment, by sourcing services and produce locally wherever possible, and by engaging with other businesses in promoting our region as a sustainable tourism destination.  

  • We employ predominately local staff and encourage carpooling for staff runs, some of our staff walk to work as we do our selves where possible
  • We buy much of our ingredients from local suppliers to help support local jobs and cut down on food miles.  We will be looking at increasing the use of local produce and listing food miles in the future.
  • We regularly promote other local businesses and events on social media and try to encourage people to stay in the area for longer

 

Sustainable tourism management 

We work to an Environmental Action Plan, which includes actions and targets for improvement that are reviewed annually.  We have effective systems for monitoring and adequately managing our, energy, travel impact and purchases.  

  • We buy much of our ingredients from local suppliers to help support local jobs and cut down on food miles.  We will be looking at increasing the use of local produce and listing food miles in the future
  • We currently separate and recycle the vast majority of the waste we produce both in the restaurant and at home. Our aim is to recycle upwards of 90% of our waste.  We carefully monitor our volumes of waste with a view to reducing our output as a whole.
  • We buy our electricity from renewable energy suppliers.
  • We only install (where possible) A rated equipment and appliances.
  • We use (where possible) environmentally friendly light bulbs.
  • We carefully monitor our energy and water consumption, keeping track of the usage with aview to reducing our consumption year on year.
  • We encourage and monitor our staff to reduce usage and waste 
  • We encourage our staff to use sustainable forms of transport
  • We have an Environmental Action Plan which we communicate to our staff

 

 

We are very proud of our achievements to date and enthusiastic about our future endeavours towards a cleaner greener business!

 

Proprietors: Myles Duffy and Karen Courtney, Luogh North, Doolin, Co. Clare
Ph: 065 707 5962

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Web: www.stonecutterskitchen.com
Vat Number: IE9535372C