Our Eco-Cabin Build Journey

So, IT BEGINS – we’re officially on the road to our first site of Alternative Eco-Cabins. How exciting!… but also kind of terrifying.

All I can really say is, we’ve got a hell of a long way to go. As I write this, it’s currently the 3rd of May 2021 and things are just starting to kick off. We’ve finalised the architects drawings, we’re in the midst of securing the land and the foundations of our very first cabin are currently being built.

Up until now, it’s pretty much been a year full of endless planning. But now, the wheels are fully in motion, and there’s no going back…

So you can follow along at home, Daniel and I will be taking the cameras with us and documenting the whole journey. Expect loads of exciting video content and all sorts of updates on the build process as it unfolds.

To make things easy, everything will be posted right here in this blog post. We’ll also let you know by e-mail and on our socials when there’s an update. Sound good? Great.

Not on the mailing list? Sign-up here:

Newsletter

Part 1: The Journey Begins

3rd May 2021

So before we get into the build, let’s just take a minute to set the scene. What’s the story and how did we get to where we are now?

Well, for those who don’t know, myself (Adam) and my cousin (Daniel) are the two guys behind this eco-cabin business. We share a passion for adventure, quirky stays and the environment. We’ve also always had a dream of starting up a family business.

Last year, Daniel and I both lived in Glasgow and we’d spend nights sitting in my flat, drinking Tennent’s lager and brainstorming business ideas. We realised one night that we’d stayed in all sorts of weird and wonderful places on our travels, but nothing had quite hit the spot when it came to the perfect night away.

It wasn’t long before we decided that we were on a mission to shake-up Scotland’s tourist accommodation game. Gone were the days of dusty B&B’s, carbon churning hotels and basic glamping pods which (let’s be honest here) and nothing but a bed in a shed.

After a full year of planning, we’ve now just hit the ‘go’ button on the build of our first cabin. We’re also gunning to launch our business on the scenic Isle of Cumbrae later this year.

So yeah, that’s you pretty much up to date with the story so far. To hear more about the cabins, our story and our plans, you can check out Episode 1 of the Build Journey Series below:


Part 2: The Foundations

17th June 2021

There’s no going back now… the build is officially underway!

From the beginning, Daniel and I have been keen to keep everything local and sustainable with our business. Of course, it all starts with the cabins themselves.

To bring our concept to life we teamed up with local architects, Stewart Associates, and local builders, System 5.

The whole thing started by taking our poorly drawn concept images and a tonne of different ideas to the professionals. We worked very closely with the architects and after months of iterations, we finally managed to create the perfect design. Something which we now call our ‘Alternative Eco-Cabin‘.

Concept Development - Jack's Alt-Stays

With the technical designs complete, it was time to get the builders involved. Over the last month (or so) there’s been all sorts of logistical planning and ordering materials, but we’re finally at the stage where the cabin is starting to be built.

The best thing about keeping everything local is being involved in the process every step of the way. We’re lucky to live a short commute away from the workshop, so are always down to see how things are progressing.

To date, we’ve constructed the steel chassis frame and the wooden foundations of the cabin have been put in place. I’d say we’re about 10% of the way to a final cabin, check out how it’s looking:

Cabin Build 10%

The road ahead involves getting the cabin structure in place, with the walls and roof panels. After that, it’s all about the electrical instalments, getting the windows and doors put in and starting to build out the rest of the features.

All going well, we should be looking at the Jack’s first cabin being ready in about 8 weeks time. Watch this space!


Part 3: Shaping Up

23rd July 2021

Things are starting to shape! Quite literally…

We started with a steel chassis,  which was pretty much the foundations, and over the last 5 weeks we’ve built up to something which resembles a cabin.

Once we had the sides up, it was a case of fixing the roof panels in place and making sure we had a structure which was water tight. As you can imagine, this was a pretty important step. Even though it’s currently summertime, we can always count on some trusty West of Scotland precipitation…

Next up, it was time to get our larch cladding finish onto the exterior of the cabin. This really started to bring the cabin to life…

Aaaand, that’s pretty much where we’re at just now. Next steps include installing doors, windows, electrics and eventually kitting out the inside of the cabin – exciting stuff!

We’re feeling proud to now have a structure which has been locally designed and built. Furthermore, with sustainable and locally sourced materials (wherever possible).

Our environmental impact is something we always consider at Jack’s. We’ve been making conscious decisions when it comes to the structural timbers, cladding, wall finishes, and many of the fixtures and fittings.

Find out more in our Eco-Cabin Concept Deep Dive.


Part 4: Fixtures & Fittings

Coming Soon

 

Deep Dive: The Alternative Eco-Cabin Concept

Jack's Alt-Stays Alternative Eco-Cabin
Jack's Alt-Stays Alternative Eco-Cabin

Hey folks! – Daniel here! I’m one of two cousin co-founders bringing our unique Alternative Eco-Cabin Concept to the Isle of Cumbrae in early 2022.

I’ll be taking you on a deep dive into this next-generation tourist accommodation concept, what it’s all about, and our journey so far in developing it.


The Jacks Alt-Stays Concept

First of all, we’re not in the glamping game… We think that glamping pods are old news. We’re in the game of creating Unforgettable Travel Experiences.

Our unique eco-cabin concept combines quirky interior design, smart-home tech, and the great outdoors, with environmental peace of mind.

Jack's Alt-Stays Alternative Eco-Cabin

^ Looks awesome, right?

If you think you’re getting shared wash facilities and woodchip toilets in a shared garden shed, think again…

We’re talking individually themed cabins, each with their own unique story, one-of-a-kind, theme-inspired wall mural, and living green wall on the outside. That’s before we even mention the outdoor chill-out space, wood-fired hot tubs, cosy Netflix nights, and the ‘fully immersive sensory experience’. More on that later…

The eco-cabins are being built locally using sustainable materials. The best part? They will be powered by 100% renewable energy. We’ll also have 10 trees planted via ecologi.com for every single booking made. Check out our Climate Action Plan.


Introducing Eco-Cabin Theme 1: The Hive 🐝

Why not take a trip to The Hive? It’ll be some buzz.

Get stuck in, enjoy the nectars, and treat yourself to a stay that’ll be sweeter than sweet. 🍯

Jack's Alt-Stays - The Hive Eco-Cabin

The Hive is a space inspired by all sorts of bee, honey, and hive-related elements and is based on the colour amber.

It’s kitted out with a luxurious double bed with Eco-friendly OceanBlue duvet and pillows, made with SocialPlastic® fibers from recycled ocean-bound plastics.

Jack's Alt-Stays - The Hive Eco-Cabin

You’ll find a wood-fired hot tub, fully equipped kitchen, and all sorts of entertainment, from Netflix to unique board games. If you’re up for a boogie to our Bee-inspired Spotify playlist, we’ve got you covered.

Jack's Alt-Stays - The Hive Eco-Cabin

The one-of-a-kind wall mural is designed by the Scottish artist, and good friend of ours, Katie Forbes (@kfrbs). It will be the focal point of the interior space and individual cabin theme.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by katie forbes (@kfrbs)

There are FOUR more themes to be announced soon! Sign up to be the first to hear about them!

Newsletter

A Unique, Smart-Home-Tech-Enabled, Sensory Experience

We’ve conceptualised a dynamic space where you can ‘enter The Hive’ via the latest voice-activated gadgetry.

This then kicks off a sequence of smart-LEDs, electronic blinds, mood lights, scent emitters, and Smart TV events, essentially ‘immersing’ you into the cabin’s theme – all under the backdrop of the one-of-a-kind, theme-inspired wall mural. Top this off with the honey snacks, and all five senses have been triggered.

Now if that’s not a unique tourist accommodation experience, I’m not sure what is.


How is it Eco? 🍃

As cheesy as it sounds, the environment really is at the heart of every decision we make at Jack’s.

‘Eco’, to us, means cabins a local build, locally & sustainably sourced materials, energy-efficient, powered by green energy, sustainable suppliers, responsible recycling & waste management, and a lasting legacy of tree planting.

Jacks Alt Stays Eco Cabin

We promise to have 10 trees planted for every booking made, through our partnership with ecologi.org. We’ll also be carbon-free cycling into work each day (and off-setting the unavoidable carbon footprint from ferry travel).

We’ve laid out our 11-step Climate Action Plan long before we’ve even launched our business. That’s how much the environment means to us.

Here’s our impact so far:

Jacks Alt-Stays Ecologi Climate Impact

13.13t Tonnes of carbon reduction equates to one of the following:

Jacks Alt-Stays Ecologi Climate Impact

A Local, Sustainable Cabin Build Process

We’re working with local architects and builders to bring our Alternative Eco-Cabin concept to life. They are being built locally in North Ayrshire. Fewer logistics = Fewer CO2 emissions

Jacks Alt-Stays Alternative Eco-Cabin Build Progress

The eco-cabins are being constructed by RDK Construction, a company with a real focus on sustainable build processes. We set out a design & build brief for a truly environmentally sustainable eco-cabin, so our guests can stay with environmental peace of mind.

They are being built from locally sourced (where possible), sustainable materials. This applies to materials such as the structural timbers, external larch cladding, birch ply wall finishes, and many of the fixtures and fittings. 

And we’re really proud of this one… They will be powered entirely by 100% renewable energy! 

Jacks Alt-Stays Alternative Eco-Cabin Build Progress

We’ve opted for market-leading EcoTherm® insulation, resulting in a highly efficient thermal performance.

We have also carefully selected the eco-cabins’ fittings, lighting, appliances, and contents of the cabins, based on efficient energy performance. The chosen Herschel infra-red panel-heaters are market-leading, use 30% less energy than standard electric heaters, are thermostat controlled, and can be controlled remotely. Low-energy internal and external LED lighting has been specified. Again, all electrical features are powered by green energy. We don’t do fossil fuels.

The bathroom flooring and wall supplier, Multipanel UK strive to be at the forefront of new environmental manufacturing technologies, material developments and recycling possibilities in every product they design and produce. The fiber within the selected Dacron Aerelle Blue duvet and pillows is made from SocialPlastic® – a recycled ocean-bound plastic. These are just a few examples of our eco-conscious decisions.

Partner & Supplier Eco-Credentials

We’ll also be making sure that anyone we work with has their eco-credentials in place.

For example, the linen hire supplier,’ PLS Laundry’, has recently significantly invested in improving their environmental performance. Our guest consumables suppliers, ‘Hotel Supplies Ltd’ and ‘Kingdom Coffee’ offer sustainably sourced products in recyclable packaging. ‘ECOLAB’ provide their most environmentally friendly cleaning product range in fully recyclable packaging.

Wood-Fired Hot Tubs – “Surely They’re Not Eco?”

Wood is in fact a natural and renewable energy source. Although, we acknowledge that when wood combusts (or rots) CO2 is released. However, carbon is also absorbed from the atmosphere whilst trees grow. The key is to ensure our wood-burning practices are sustainable, responsible, and their footprint is more-than offset.

We wrote a full blog on this. Check out:

Wood Fired Hot Tubs - Eco Environmental

Local Community Environmental Initiatives

Both Adam and I are passionate about the environment and see our environmental duty extend beyond our own site’s boundary.

We get involved with beach clean initiatives, such as the FSC’s recent Kames Bay clean, with a view to champion these in the near future.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by FSC Millport (@fscmillport)

In the near future, we’ll be getting involved with local tree-planting initiatives. We’ll also become ambassadors for the local water refill campaign against single-use plastic bottles. We also intend to campaign for street recycling facilities in Millport.


Where Will The Eco-Cabins Be Located?

We’ll be launching our eco-cabin business on the scenic Isle of Cumbrae in early 2022. The island is only an 8-minute ferry ride over from Largs on the North Ayrshire coast.

Millport The Coig

You’ll find our eco-cabins just outside the scenic town of Millport. Our location will be secluded enough for a relaxing island retreat, but still within walking distance to Millport’s bars, restaurants, and experiences – a perfect balance. We’ll be announcing this exact location soon.

Millport is super easy to get to and there’s a tonne of unique things to see and do. Check out:


A Collaborative Approach

We’re working together with fellow local tourism businesses.

At the point of booking, we will offer guests the option of add-on local produce packs, such as the gin tasting package from the local distillery, a breakfast pack from the local family-owned butcher, and an eco-essentials pack from the local zero waste store.  We’ll also encourage guests to engage with the local tourism experiences such as bike hire and boat tours.

Not only will this enrich the guests’ overall Isle of Cumbrae local experience, but supports our fellow local tourism businesses by sharing the love.

Cumbrae Gin Distillery


Who are the Brains Behind the Concept?

Well, we are two cousins who share a passion for adventure, quirky stays, and the environment – Daniel Jack and Adam Jack.

Daniel Jack and Adam Jack - Jacks Alt-Stays

After staying the night in some weird and wonderful places in Scotland and around the world, we set out to bring it home to North Ayrshire.

Between us, we’ve stayed the night in re-purposed shipping containers, a shepherd’s hut in a driveway, glamping pods, a Santa Monica beach house, and camped in the valleys of Glencoe.

We’ve taken a few notes, but nothing has quite hit the spot when it comes to the perfect night away. We’ve also decided that glamping is old news, and we’re on a mission to create a space for unique and unforgettable travel experiences.


How We Got To This Point

Both Adam and I went to Strathclyde Uni to study Entrepreneurship, Tourism, and Marketing. Not a bad combination for a venture like this, right?

We realised that the whole glamping craze has been around for a while now and your standard glamping pods are now a bit… meh. We thought that there’s definitely an opportunity to create something quite special here.

Jacks Alt-Stays Alternative Eco-Cabin Build Progress

During my final year, we began working on this ‘quirky tourist accommodation’ idea. Originally we looked at converting used shipping containers, but as we did our research, we really began to understand what people liked, what they didn’t, and what was feasible, and what wasn’t.

The concept evolved over the next few months into the eco-cabin we have today. I must say, I’m really proud of what we’ve come up with and I genuinely think we have something really exciting and unique to add to Scotland’s tourist accommodation offering.

Jacks Alt-Stays Alternative Eco Cabin Concept Evolution
Evolution of the eco-cabin Concept

Check out:

Wood-fired Hot Tubs – “Surely They’re Not Eco?”

Wood Fired Hot Tubs - Eco Environmental
Wood Fired Hot Tubs - Eco Environmental

There are many arguments for and against the use of using wood as a fuel. Some see burning wood as a natural alternative to fossil fuels, however others question its eco-credentials.

Being an environmentally focussed business, we thought long and hard about our choice to advocate the use of wood burners and wood burning hot tubs.

Wood burners are charming, smell great and have an amazing aesthetic, but are they eco-friendly?

Well, at first glance, it’s easy to criticise using wood as a fuel. Trees take many years to grow and burning the wrong type of wood can release lots of harmful smoke and emissions into the atmosphere.

Saying that, wood CAN be a green fuel! The key is being responsible, sensible and sustainable in your wood burning practices. Here’s the most important things to think about…

Is your wood coming from a sustainable source?

Carbon is a pollutant and is a product of the lifecycle of a tree. When trees are growing, they absorb carbon and they release carbon when they rot or when they are burned.

If carrying out truly sustainable practices, enough trees should be re-planted in order to absorb (at least) the carbon released from the wood fuels. This is all about creating a ‘closed carbon cycle’ where there is no net increase to the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

At the very least, you should always make sure your wood source is managed responsibly. One way you can do this is by checking suppliers are registered on The Biomass Suppliers List (BSL). Suppliers registered on the BSL must ensure that their wood fuel is 70% sustainable and 100% legal, as a minimum requirement. 

Fairlie Wood Fuels Wood

How far is your wood travelling?

Now this is an important one – make sure to find out where your wood comes from.

You might find that the best possible wood supplier, but if it turns out it’s shipped over from elsewhere in Europe, then that’s no use to you!

When exploring options, we actually once ordered a sample pack of ‘eco wood-briquettes’ from 60 miles away but they showed up to my front door comfortably wrapped in layers of plastic… Lesson learned I guess, local is always better.

Buying from a local supplier means a reduced carbon footprint as the trees have been felled and transported locally. Of course, supporting family business your local community is also always a bonus.

Fairlie Wood Fuels Transport

What is the moisture content of your wood?

Less moisture = more efficient & less emissions

The moisture content of freshly felled wood is typically around 67%. To have wood that burns evenly and efficiently, you want moisture levels to be below 20%. This is why it is important to dry your wood!

Ideally, it’s best practice to use Kiln-dried logs in your wood burner. These are logs which have been treated at a high temperature to essentially ‘cook-off’ excess moisture.

Kiln-dried wood is recommended by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and are produced from sustainably managed forests. They also smell better and produce less smoke & emissions, making them a cleaner fuel.

Fairlie Wood Fuels

Is your wood burning appliance efficient?

If you’re going to chose to use wood as a fuel, it’s only right that you chose a modern and efficient wood burner.

In general, enclosed wood burners are engineered to get the maximum amount of energy, and thus heat, from your fuel. In fact, when compared to open fires, they are dramatically more efficient and release up to 10 times fewer emissions!

For us, we use a company called Skargards to supply our wood-fired hot tubs. They are the very best in Swedish hot tub manufacturing and are built sustainably for efficiency and durability. Check them out:

Skargards Hot Tub

Our wood burning practices

It’s always important to know where your wood is coming from, and to ensure it is managed in a sustainable way. For us, we get all our wood locally and sustainably from another family-run business called Fairlie Woodfuels.

They are a BSL certified supplier, meaning all wood meets the eligibility requirements for the UK’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Around 80% of their wood comes from existing projects, for example, housing developments or areas of trees which have become diseased, so could be considered a by-product.

All of their wood is Kiln-dried which means maximum efficiency and minimal environmental impact. From there, the wood is delivered locally and ‘loose’, so there’s no unnecessary packaging.

Simple, local and sustainable. It’s as easy as that.

Failie Wood Fuels Loose Delivery

How are we aiming to achieve a ‘closed carbon cycle’?

From the outset, we’ve been determined to create a genuinely sustainable business.

Firstly, we recognise that we’re producing carbon through things like wood fuel and ferry travel. Secondly, we look at how we can off-set our carbon footprint.

Through our partnership with Ecologi, we currently donate a set amount each month to fund carbon capture and reforestation projects around the world. 

Ecologi Jacks Alt-Stays Tree Planting

Furthermore, with the help of Ecologi, we’re vowing to plant 10 trees for every single booking at Jack’s Alt-Stays! That’s right, ten.

It’s only the beginning, but check out our impact so far:

Jack's Alt-Stays Ecologi Climate Positive Tree Planting Impact
To find out the 11 ways we’re doing our bit for the planet, check out our Climate Action Plan.

So, there you have it…

If you’re like us and care about the environment, but also love the warmth and aesthetic of a charming wood burner, then not to worry!
The fact is, burning wood comes with lots of responsibility. Wood burners are brilliant, but it’s important to do your research.
To summarise, you should use responsible practices, choose sustainable suppliers and always think about the bigger environmental picture.
With proper practices, it is easy to make your wood fuel an eco fuel.

We’re two cousins with a passion for adventure, quirky stays and the environment. We’re setting up our Alternative Eco-Cabins on the scenic Isle of Cumbrae in Scotland.
Jack's Alt-Stays Alternative Eco-Cabin
We’ll be launching our family business in late 2021. Join our journey to be the first to hear about our official launch and for free stay giveaways!

Sign Up:

Newsletter

Our Climate Action Plan

Jacks Alt-Stays Climate Action Plan
Jacks Alt-Stays Climate Action Plan

Who sets up a climate action plan before they even set up their business?

We do.

Why? Because it’s just the right thing to do. Every individual and business needs to do their bit in the fight against climate change.

The environment is something that we take personally, and since the early days of concept development, we were determined to create a genuinely environmentally sustainable business.

Here are 11 ways we’ll be doing our bit for the planet.


1. One Stay = Ten Trees Planted

Through partnering with Ecologi, we’re vowing to plant 10 trees for every single booking at Jacks Alt-Stays! That’s right, ten.

These trees are planted in low-cost, high-impact areas around the world, because it’s “Save the Planet“, right?

Ecologi also runs environmental projects closer to home, such as this reforestation project in Dalry, North Ayrshire. We’ll be getting involved with local community initiatives too, as you’ll see further down this blog.

Ecologi Jacks Alt-Stays Tree Planting


2. Proudly Powered by 100% Renewable Electricity.

Our Alternative Eco-Cabins will be powered by 100% solar, hydro, and wind-generated electricity.

(That felt good to type.)

We will be supplied by Octopus Business Energy – a 100% Green energy provider.

Jacks Alt-Stays Eco-Cabin Renewable Wind Energy


3. Ambitious Eco Goals

For a wee tourism business on a Scottish island, we have set ourselves some pretty big eco-goals.

By the end of 2021, we aim to:

🌲 Plant 2,000 trees.

💨 Absorb 100 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.

🌍 Achieve ‘Carbon Negative’ Status

Becoming a Carbon Negative business just means that we will remove more carbon from the atmosphere than we add to it. It means the same thing as ‘Climate Positive’.


If you didn’t know already…

We’re bringing our ‘Alternative Eco-Cabin‘ concept to Scotland’s west coast by late 2021. It’ll look like this:

Jack's Alt-Stays Alternative Eco-Cabin

Join our Journey for:

🎉 Free stay giveaways to celebrate our launch!

🚀 Progress updates & Official launch info

📖 Top Instagram picks & blog content to inspire your next Scotland adventure!

Sign Up:

Newsletter

4. Sustainably Built Eco-Cabins

We’ve been keen to get things right from the very start. Our cabins will be built locally, and by local builders.

Fewer logistics = less CO2 emitted.

They will be built from locally and sustainably sourced materials where possible, such as the Scottish larch cladding.

We’ve worked with North Ayrshire-based Stewart Architects to bring the Eco-Cabin concept to its final design stage. We’ll now be working with North Ayrshire-based builders, RDK Construction, who have a real focus on sustainable building processes.

We’ve opted for market-leading EcoTherm® insulation, resulting in a highly efficient thermal performance.

We have also carefully selected the eco-cabins’ fittings, lighting, appliances, and contents of the cabins, based on efficient energy performance. The chosen Herschel infra-red panel-heaters are market-leading, use 30% less energy than standard electric heaters, are thermostat controlled, and can be controlled remotely. Low-energy internal and external LED lighting has been specified. Again, all electrical features are powered by green energy. We don’t do fossil fuels.

The bathroom flooring and wall supplier, Multipanel UK strive to be at the forefront of new environmental manufacturing technologies, material developments and recycling possibilities in every product they design and produce. The fiber within the selected Dacron Aerelle Blue duvet and pillows is made from SocialPlastic® – a recycled ocean-bound plastic. These are just a few examples of our eco-conscious decisions.


5. An Eco Commute

Sometimes it’s the wee things that matter. We’ll be cycling in every day.

Saying that, it’s not like cycling every day is a chore for us. We live just across the water, love a good cycle, and the route to site is nothing short of stunningly scenic.

Millport Ferry


6. Offsetting our Unavoidable Carbon Footprint

Being located on an island, there will, unfortunately, be some areas of our business where we are just not able to avoid a carbon footprint. The reality for us is that ferry travel will be simply unavoidable.

Although it’s only an 8-minute trip over, the ferry is no eco angel. We’ll also need supplies, so will occasionally need to take the car over for that.

As part of our partnership with Ecologi and on top of our “buy one, plant one” (…or ten) model – we also donate a set amount each month to more-than-offset our unavoidable carbon footprint.

Here’s our impact so far:

Jack's Alt-Stays Climate Positive Tree Planting Impact

8.33 tonnes of CO2e is equivalent to one of the following:

Jack's Alt-Stays Ecologi Carbon Negative Impact

Lastly, 3 of our 5 cabins come equipped a Skargards hot tub.  We chose to endorse wood-fired hot tubs as they’re natural, smell amazing and require no harmful chemicals to run. We do however, recognise that when wood combusts (or rots) CO2 is released.

If mis-managed, wood fuel can be detrimental to the environment. The key is to ensure our wood-burning practices are sustainable, responsible, and their footprint is more-than offset.

We wrote a full blog on this. Check out:

Wood Fired Hot Tubs - Eco Environmental


7. Partner Eco Credentials

We’ll also be making sure that anyone we work with has their eco-credentials in place.

For example, the linen hire supplier,’ PLS Laundry’, has recently significantly invested in improving their environmental performance. Our guest consumables suppliers, ‘Hotel Supplies Ltd’ and ‘Kingdom Coffee’ offer sustainably sourced products in recyclable packaging. ‘ECOLAB’ provide their most environmentally friendly cleaning product range in fully recyclable packaging.


8. The Environment – It’s in our Values.

One of our core founding values is to ‘Respect Our Backyard’ – Leave nothing but footsteps. Always respect your surrounding environment and leave it a little better than you found it.

By this, we mean both our immediate ‘back yard’, i.e. our site, surrounding, area, and our neighbours, but also the wider global environment.

We return to our values every time we make a business decision – because what’s the point in even having them if you don’t?

Check out Jack’s Alt-Stays Founding Values.


9 Looking After our Environment at a Community Level

Both Adam and I are passionate about the environment and see our environmental duty extend beyond our own site’s boundary.

We get involved with beach clean initiatives, such as the FSC’s recent Kames Bay clean, with a view to champion these in the near future.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by FSC Millport (@fscmillport)

In the near future, we’ll be getting involved with local tree-planting initiatives. We’ll also plan to campaign for the recycling facilities and the local water refill campaign against single-use plastic bottles, once up and running.


10. We Will Declare a Climate Emergency!

Tourism Declares supports tourism businesses, organisations, and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking action to reduce their carbon emissions. They acknowledge the science stating we have to act now to address the crisis over the next decade.

Alongside fellow tourism organisations such as Visit Scotland, here are our five commitments in declaring a climate emergency;

    1. Develop this ‘Climate Action Plan’
    2. Share our commitment and progress publicly
    3. Cut carbon emissions
    4. Encourage our suppliers and partners to make the same declaration
    5. Advocate for change in tourism

11. Responsible Waste Management

We’ll be doing everything we can to eradicate the use of single-use plastics in our Eco-Cabins. We’ll also make sure that our day-to-day waste and recycling processes are up to scratch!


So in a nutshell, that’s how we’ll make an ‘Alt-stay’ an ‘Eco-stay’.

As individuals, we have become much more environmentally aware over the last few years. Greta would be proud!

Why a Climate Action Plan?  We have a Climate Action Plan in place from day 1.  It’s our way of holding ourselves accountable and committing to the cause.

We see our business as an extension of ourselves. – we do share the Jack name after all. That’s why from the get-go, we’ve set out to create a genuinely environmentally sustainable business.

Cheers!

Check out The Alternative Eco-Cabin Concept