For some time we at The Captain Lord Mansion and our companion property, The Captain’s Garden House, have been very concerned about the chemicals we use for cleaning. This month, after thoughtful research, we switched to “Green Cleaning”. The term “Green Cleaning” is often misunderstood. Our effort is composed of environmentally-preferable or reduced risk products combined with our regular, exacting cleaning and maintenance schedule. We believe that we have implemented a properly designed “green” cleaning program and that it will have a positive impact on the health of the employees and guests. The “green” products we are using have the following characteristics:
- No persistent, bioaccummulative or toxic chemicals
- No ozone-depleting compounds
- No or low volatile organic compound content
- No hazardous waste characteristics
- No phosphate or phosphates
- No carcinogens, mutagens or antigens
The benefits of our “Green Cleaning” program using chemicals from the Spartan Chemical Company:
- Improved air quality
- Healthier inn for employees and guests
- Minimized exposure to adverse chemicals
- Reduced water and air pollution
- Reduced packaging waste
Also, we’ve had an extensive recycling program in effect at the inn for many years. There are small refrigerators in each guest room with complimentary bottled water, sodas and juices. Additionally, we sell wine and champagne. We encourage guests to recycle bottles and cans by placing small, blue recycling containers in each guest room. In addition to material from guest rooms, we collect plastic, glass, cardboard and newspapers from other inn operations for weekly disposal at our local recycling center in Kennebunk. We seem to grow cardboard and newspapers like they were grass! I am amazed at how much waste we produce and recycle each week and the effort required by staff to sort the various materials and haul them to the recycle center. Then, I think positively about how much waste we prevent from being dumped into landfill or being burned!
Additionally, we have converted to low energy use fluorescent light bulbs throughout the inn. However, low energy does not mean you don’t have decent light to read by. Every room has plenty of lights and adequate wattage too!