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Sustainability

WHAT DO SUSTAINABILITY AND ECOLOGY MEAN TO US?

Nature inspires and fascinates us. In contrast to most plants and animals, which can easily get along without humans, we cannot live without nature.

For us, ecology means using resources in the most environmentally friendly way possible in our daily work. Sustainability we see as taking economic and social aspects into account. Sustainable and ecological considerations play a fundamental role in all our decisions. This applies to energy production, the choice of suppliers and products, the cultivation of our garden, the preparation of meals in the kitchen, as well as the care of our guests and employees. Only if we take all areas into account, we can implement a sustainable and future-oriented hotel concept and thus offer future generations a place of relaxation and inspiration amidst the most beautiful nature.

Certificates

Bio-Knospe

OUR EFFORTS

Products, building and services

  • We offer high quality products and services.
  • From pencils to toilet paper, we use products that have been awarded a prestigious “Ecolabel”.
  • Wherever possible, natural materials are used: for example solid wood, linen, wool and cotton for textiles and furniture.
  • Defective appliances are repaired wherever possible.
  • We deliberately choose craftsmen from the region.
  • We purchase 100% green electricity (naturemade star).
  • Natural building materials were used in the building biology renovation 21 years ago. Light-coloured mineral plaster helps to get by with little artificial light, and we used solvent-free colours.
  • Use of our own wood from the English park (headboard of the beds and beverage coasters made of elm wood, racks made of maple wood, tables and trays for amuse-bouches made of sequoia wood).
  • EV charging station for cars with 100% green energy (naturemade star certified).
  • We rent out bicycles and e-bikes to our guests.
  • We have our own spring to irrigate the park and garden.
  • With our own small hydro power station, we produce energy ourselves.
  • Heat recovery of the kitchen ventilation and cooling systems.
  • Two block-type thermal power stations are in use.

Kitchen

  • Our gourmet cuisine is certified with the Bud label certificate.
  • Everything is prepared fresh and seasonal in our kitchen. We do not use any convenience products.
  • We choose regional suppliers with short transport routes as far as possible, and we completely dispense with air freight.
  • We deliberately avoid overseas wines and focus our attention on regional winegrowers.
  • We obtain beer and mineral water from the region, and of course in glass bottles (no plastic bottles).
  • Foodwaste is avoided by serving smaller portions, for example at the organic breakfast buffet. Instead, the buffet is replenished more regularly. We do not offer any other buffet offers.
  • Processing of whole animals from the region and “Nose to Tail”.
  • In our small but fine kiosk you can buy products from our castle park and garden.

Housekeeping, cleaning and recycling

  • We only use ecologically degradable cleaning agents and pay attention to the dosage.
  • We clean as often as possible with steam (floors, windows …).
  • We recycle iron, plastic, paper, cardboard, remains of candles, food leftovers, oil, cork and glass.
  • Our linens are made of 100% organic cotton. Especially in the hotel sector, there is a huge volume of terry cloth and bed linen. By using organic cotton, we show that ecological cotton production is important to us.

Garden and park

  • The ProSpecieRara variety garden is cultivated biodynamically and is Demeter-certified.
  • Our Grisons Oberland sheep (ProSpecieRara breed) assist with the cultivation of the park. Their dung serves as a valuable fertiliser for the garden.
  • Our own castle bees are harvested no more than once a year. The honeycombs are made by the bees themselves, so no chemicals (such as moth repellents) are used.
  • In addition to the ProSpecieRara vegetables, many native hedge plants and shrubs are planted, thus creating different habitats.
  • The species-rich flower meadows offer a wide range of food for wild bees and other insects. The meadows are cut no more than once or twice a year and increasingly with a scythe.
  • An “insect garden” is planted with flowers that bloom until late in the autumn.
  • Paths, squares and other areas are not sealed whenever possible so that the soil remains alive. Wherever possible, natural building materials from regional producers are used, such as the natural stones for the dry stone walls.
  • We pay attention to closed and functioning material cycles, for example through composting. We recycle almost all materials and compost leaves, grass, herbs, weeds, wood, kitchen waste and dung.
  • We use piles of leaves, stones and branches as structural elements in the park. These provide habitats for wild animals and micro-organisms. A stream that flows through the park as well as various wetlands offer further habitats for amphibians and other small animals.
  • The park with its old tree population is a local recreational area and binds CO2. With this, we want to contribute to climate neutrality.
  • We have been awarded the certificate of the Foundation Nature & Economy for our nature-oriented design.

Employees

  • We treat each other with respect.
  • Honest partnership is a basic value of the castle Wartegg.
  • We challenge and encourage our employees.
  • We have an open ear for individual wishes. Openness is important to us in every respect. Different opinions are welcome and have their place.
  • Flat hierarchies enable short decision-making processes and participation.
  • We offer a job in the garden for a person with disabilities.
  • We comply with the LGAV guidelines and offer a fair wage for work done.
  • Part-time work and flexibility are good prerequisites for combining work with family life.
  • The care of long-standing employees and a high level of employee satisfaction contribute to our success.