You need not look far to find individuals and business who have decided to make sustainable decision-making a priority in their workplace. Right here in Saskatoon, we have some exceptional green-thinkers who are leading the way in ensuring our community grows sustainably and who are reaping the rewards of their hard work. Not only do they recognize and try to minimize the impact of their actions on the environment, but several of these local champions are influencing and inspiring their staff, their customers and their fellow business owners to be green too.
We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of our local champions...
Operating an environmentally friendly Bed and Breakfast can be more costly and can involve more work. Inn-Chanted grows and buys organic food, has purchased a high efficiency washing machine and fireplace, duck down duvets and 100% cotton sheets and towels, all of which cost more.
Organic fertilizer for my garden, where I grow herbs, tomatoes, carrots, strawberries, etc., is more expensive and contains weeds which must be pulled.
Rain barrels, I have 2, during try spells, are used to water the garden by hand with 10 litre pails.
The cost and work load involved in operating a B&B, must be balanced with the need to make a small profit.
After serving breakfasts at Inn-Chanted, veggie and fruit peelings are placed in one of 2 compost bins. Tin foil, wrapped around buns, is wiped clean and reused. If used to cover an egg dish, such as a frittata, the foil never touches the food and can then be reused. It can take 75 to 100 years for tin foil to decompose in the environment, so it is used sparingly.
Cleaning products, such as Sunrider and Tide are free of dyes, perfumes and phosphates.
When weather and time permit sheets, towels and other laundry are hung outside to dry.
Guests are encouraged to place paper, plastic and glass in the recycle boxes provided.
Inn-Chanted has an excellent water dispenser with an eight stage natural filtration system. Guests may refill their water bottles. Both guest bedrooms have a list of eco-friendly practices that guests may read. For example:
Grass clippings from the front and back yard are taken to the nearest city compost site.
This spring Inn-Chanted will add cedars, a spruce tree, an apple tree, a Saskatoon bush and raspberry stocks to the expanded garden and raised beds. These will provide food and shelter for the owner and guests. Trees help to clean the air of CO2 and are very good for our planet.
Guests may hang their towels on a plastic/metal clothes horse, so the towels may be used more than once.
The owner of Inn-Chanted walks or bikes to the nearest grocery store and one bike is provided, so far, for guests to use. If they bring their own bikes, they can be stored in the garage.