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The Brewster Inn Environmental Policy

The Brewster Inn, a Maine B&B, is proud to offer green lodging to our guests. Our inn has been awarded the Maine State Environmental Leader designation in recognition of efforts made here at the Inn both inside and out in the garden.

If you are seeking environmentally friendly hotel lodging in Maine, you can rest assured that we use environmentally friendly cleaning products throughout the Inn, from cleaning of guestrooms and bathrooms to dishwasher and laundry cleaning products from companies such as Method, Seventh Generation, and Clorox Green Works. These are all companies approved by the State of Maine as being acceptable for us to use:

http://www.methodhome.com/
http://www.seventhgeneration.com/
http://www.greenworkscleaners.com/

A complete list of products we are currently using follows on right after this policy.

If you would like to know more about the products we use or where we get them from, please just ask and we’d be very happy to give you more information. The cost of these is really no more expensive than regular cleaning products nowadays, and the quality is excellent.

Almost all the light bulbs at the Inn are compact fluorescent both inside and outside the property.  We’ve replaced 153 so far and have about another 7 to do when a CFL bulb comes out that fits the fixtures properly as well as giving acceptable light.

We recycle all waste possible taking it to the Mid-Maine Solid Waste Recycling Centre in Dexter, which is an excellent facility, and we are very lucky to have it in town.

http://www.dextermaine.org/mmswa/index.html

All of our garden and kitchen waste, such as plant clippings, leaves, weeds, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, fruit and vegetable peelings is taken and added to the compost pile.

Wood, branches from trees and bushes, newspaper, magazines, junk mail, cardboard and corrugated cardboard, shredded paper, tin cans, glass bottles, No2 plastics, and all plastic milk containers are separated into different locations there also.

All beer and pop bottles and cans are taken to the Dexter redemption centre.

We reduce waste through careful purchasing to eliminate excessive packaging, including buying in bulk.

We print on both sides of 8.5” x 11” paper and cut up used paper for note pads.

When we replaced the slate roof in the winter of 2010, we crushed the slate up and used it as landscaping in the gardens, both for ornamental use and for pathways.

During the winter of 2009, we replaced the entire heating system removing the very old and inefficient steam heating system, which had just one thermostat controlling the entire property for a twin “System 2000” boiler set up using hot water, which now has 18 zones for super efficiency.

We offer guests the option not to have towels changed every day in an effort to reduce energy use, water and detergent waste.

We have a partnership with 2 non-profit locally based organizations where we donate all items that we either are replacing or don’t need anymore when renovating rooms or just changing things around here.

The 2 organizations are Penquis and Charlotte White:

http://www.penquis.org/
http://www.charlottewhitecenter.com/

Penquis have set up in Dexter a “Journey House,” a home for four pregnant adolescents or young mothers from Piscataquis or Penobscot counties. The mums and children can stay there for up to 2 years untill they get their own accommodations.

So far for both organizations we have donated items like blankets, quilts, TVs, DVD players, lights, clock radios, electric space heaters, pots and pans, and furniture such as a love seat and wingback chairs.

There is so much more that we do at the Inn to be friendly to the environment, to conserve energy and water, and to recycle. Please ask us if you would like to know more. We also encourage our guests to suggest ways that we may improve and expand our environmental programs still further.