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Eco-Friendly Measures
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In 2008, The Buttonwood Inn became certified by the New Hampshire Sustainable Lodging & Restaurant Program.  Our goal is to provide you, our customer, with the best service, hospitality, and attention to detail possible, while preserving the natural beauty and healthy environment of the White Mountains of New Hampshire by continuing our efforts to be “green”. We hope that you will also join us for your benefit and that of future generations. Note that we continue to add more eco-friendly measures reducing our carbon footprint on the Earth.

Here are some of the “green” initiatives we’ve implemented so far:

  • Recycle bottles, cans, plastic, and paper, including from guest rooms
  • Use recycled paper when necessary
  • Print double-sided
  • Email documents as much as possible to reduce paper usage
  • LED night lights and decorative lights
  • Energy efficient fluorescent light bulbs
  • Outdoor solar LED lighting on the porches, back door area, and gardens
  • Motion sensors on outdoor lights
  • Automatic timer on outside light-turned off when Inn is empty
  • Ask guests to turn off lights, air conditioning, and fans when they leave the guest room
  • Turn off hot water, heat, and air conditioning in unoccupied guest room areas
  • Buy local produce, meats, maple syrup, and more to reduce dependence on long haul trucking
  • Use our garden produce and herbs for breakfast and baked treats
  • Propagate and grow native New Hampshire plants which require less watering and fertilizer
  • Provide our delicious deep-well water in a decanter instead of bottled water (required by New Hampshire to test it every year)
  • Use china, glassware, and cloth napkins
  • Decrease water usage with low-flow shower heads and faucets
  • Three-chamber body wash/shampoo/conditioner dispensers installed in bathroom showers using organic products, eliminating small bottle waste
  • Guest voluntary towel reuse
  • Change sheets every other day on stays longer than two days
  • Use environmentally-safe, non-chemical household cleaners that also disinfect bathrooms
  • Reuse old towels and linens as cleaning cloths
  • Heat the common rooms during the cold months with our wood-burning fireplace inserts to rely less on oil heat
  • Added more insulation to walls and ceilings minimizing heat loss
  • Replace old appliances with new, high energy-efficient models
  • Refurbish or donate old furniture
  • Reduce trips to post office, laundry, and stores to 3 days a week and own one automobile
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