Energy Efficient and Responsible Sourcing
At the Grayhaven we understand the impact our business activities have on our community and the environment and are taking active steps to help manage it.
We are eliminating as many single use products as possible to help manage waste. We have implemented refillable toiletry bottles, provide reusable cups in rooms, provide washable rags to clean up messes, don’t use plastic liners in room waste baskets, don’t have refrigerators in every room, and strive to reduce, re-use, donate, compost and recycle as much waste as possible. Want to help? Separate paper, plastic and metal into the recycling bins provided and think about where you can reduce waste. Instead of buying disposable plastic water bottles bring your own and use the water bottle re-filler in #6.
We are focused on conserving energy and reducing the Grayhaven’s overall carbon footprint. Moving to long life LED light bulbs, hanging sheets to dry, setting outdoor lights on timers that are adjusted seasonally, and insulating for better temperature retention are some of the strategies we are implementing. We have information available about bicycle rental and public transportation. Want to help? Remember to turn the lights and air-conditioning off when you leave your room, and consider the bus or enjoying a bike ride into town for the day instead of driving.
We use high efficiency machines to conserve water and try to minimize laundry during your stay by not changing sheets and towels daily. Low flow heads are being attached to faucets, rainwater is collected to water plants and native and drought tolerant plants are being planted on the grounds. Want to help? Try turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth, avoid using the toilet as a trash receptacle, and turn the water off while you lather your hands for washing.
Purchasing food, beverage and room amenities from local businesses are just a few of the steps we have taken toward responsible sourcing. We are still using a few of the blankets and linens that came with the motel when we purchased it. As these things wear out the towels (1888 Mills | Griffin, GA), linens and bedding (Thomaston Mills | Thomaston, GA), and wool blankets (Faribault Mills | Faribault, MN) we are replacing them with are all made in the USA. Some of the companies we have chosen to work with are committed to green manufacturing or are certified B Corps (EO Products | Marin, CA).
The Grayhaven is committed to paying all employees a living wage. A living wage is financial compensation that reflects what individuals need to support themselves above the poverty line, based on the actual cost of living in a specific community. A living wage helps the essential costs of living and an improved standard of living for individuals and families. We hope to be a certified living wage employer by the summer of 2019.
We hope that you will enthusiastically join us in engaging in sustainable practices that conserve natural resources, improve quality of life and reduce environmental impact.