Sustainability at The River House

The River House has many processes in place that help towards making this a business conscious of its environmental responsibilities.

These processes include:

  • Many food products are bought from local producers (eggs, wine, smallgoods, chocolates, fruit...) meaning low food miles.
  • We grow other fruit and vegetables ourselves (tomatoes in season, spinach, citrus fruit, strawberries, apples, pears, peaches, lettuce, herbs...) again meaning low food miles.
  • We bake our own bread, make our own jams/preserves, provide from the garden a significant proportion of our flowers for rooms.
  • We collect some of the rain water from our roof to water summer gardens. All in-house water is Launceston water of a very high standard.
  • The wastes from the bathrooms and kitchens go into our Enviro-cycle system which is distributed automatically around the garden.
  • All non-meat food scraps (including Nespresso coffee grounds) are composted.
  • Paper based products, plastics, metals etc. are placed in the Council recycling collection. Guests are encouraged to place recyclable goods in the pink bin on the end of the drive verandah.
  • All rooms have their own space and water heating facilities meaning energy is used only when needed. Most rooms have reverse cycle heat pumps, which are efficient energy users.
  • The majority of lighting is low energy, some with automatic timers in case we forget to turn off!
  • All electrical products are brought with energy efficiency in mind.
  • 90% of the firewood burnt is from The River House grounds from fallen limbs etc.
  • The gardens are continually being added to with new shrubs/trees which partly off-sets your travelling carbon footprint.
  • Ceilings are insulated and windows and doors are provided with heavy duty curtains. We are currently adding pelmets to many of these openings to again reduce energy usage.

If you have any other suggestions of actions we might take, please chat with us.