Wherever possible we use local products. We grow lots of vegetables in The Decca garden and have a good herb bed which helps us create delicious fresh food for our guests. Our local butcher makes wonderful sausages and black pudding as well as stocking lots of local meat. Our eggs and sometime other products often come from neighbours who keep hens, pigs, sheep and cattle.
All food waste is recycled into the garden via our compost heap and will help to grow next year's crops. We recycled glass, plastic, paper and tins in local recycling facilites.
We make our own jams, marmalade and chutneys as well as cakes, biscuits, scones and (when we have time!) bread.
Our bathrooms are stocked with Faith in Nature seaweed shampoo and conditioners (sourced through the Ethical Superstore) and liquid 'Machair Flower' soap from Hebridean Soaps (www.hebrideansoap.co.uk). Towels and bedlinen are changed when required rather than on a regular basis and washing is dried, whenever possible, in the glorious Hebridean wind and sunshine.
It is our intention to install a renewable energy system once we have recouped our resources from opening The Decca.
We live in a beautiful and wild ecosystem and nature reserve with the machair, seashore and ocean all around. This is place to nurture, enjoy and respect rather than use thoughtlessly.