Our green vision

We read about plastic pollution in the news, and many of us have seen the worrying images of plastic waste floating in our oceans.

In a bid to do our part in tackling this worldwide environmental issue, our team has been busy putting in place new procedures as part of a long-term commitment to reduce the quantity of single-use plastic we use and to support a more sustainable future.

water in plastic cup

If you’ve stayed overnight at Ragdale Hall over the past month you might have noticed that plastic cups have now been removed from water machines in bedroom corridors.

All bedrooms in the Hall are provided with a water jug which can be filled from any of the water machines, or from any of the bars. Our Boutique and Gift Shop also sell a range of reusable water bottles, so there’s plenty of options to keep you fully hydrated throughout your stay.

Ragdale Hall Managing Director David Hamdorff said: “Up until recently, the Hall was using 10,600 single-use plastic cups a week.

“While we do recycle our plastic waste, removing plastic cups at water machines around the Hall is one of the simplest ways our guests can contribute to plastic reduction when staying with us.

“The response from guests so far has been incredibly supportive, and we’re looking forward to rolling this out to more areas of the Hall including our staff canteen, and treatment rooms.

“As part of our ‘green vision’ we’re making conscious steps to reduce single-use plastic around the Hall, and we hope guests will continue to join us in our ongoing mission to support global efforts to reduce environmental impact.”

34 Comments

  • Alison Roberts says:

    We will be bringing our own foldable Silicone cups next time we visit for use around the spa.

  • Gill Hewitt says:

    At last you are doing something positive about the use of your plastic cups – 10,600 single use plastic cups a week is totally unacceptable. Our group of 6 now bring our own mugs, let’s hope you can get the message over to the rest of your customers .
    Gill Hewitt.

  • Janice Rudd says:

    I’m very glad to see you are taking action in this way. I’m looking forward to my visit in November and am more than happy to bring my reusable beaker.

  • Alison Hughes says:

    It is really positive to hear this. Perhaps Ragdale could consider a complimentary water bottle for guests? I also wonder about similar measures you may have in place for managing water consumption and wider recycling measures?

  • Diana Porter says:

    I’ve always brought a water bottle and refilled at the water points, its a good habit wherever you are. It could go on your arrival info sheets as a reminder…

    • Bridget Batchelor says:

      Well done! We also bring our own water bottles. I support Alison Hughes’ suggestion of a complimentary water bottle, to encourage those less well-organised, but also as a good marketing ploy – it could get Ragdale’s name into a lot of gyms, class and running groups!

  • Hilary Cole says:

    My friend and I did our bit when we were at Ragdale for 3 nights in January by each carrying around a plastic cup and using it throughout our stay. Maybe something you could encourage all guests to do?

  • Kay McFarlane says:

    I agree with the comment above about the complementary water bottle.. more likely to be used beyond the trip than the flip flops.
    And good publicity….

  • Sandra Lau says:

    Really pleased to hear this news. We always bring water bottles with us!!!

  • Kate Pace says:

    Think a Ragdale water bottle is a great idea. Perhaps the choice of bottle or flip flops. Either way congratulations on reducing plastics.

  • Jean Miller says:

    So pleased you are getting rid of the plastic cups , it is mind boggling how many you have been using !
    I would rather have a complimentary waterbottle than the flip flops now left in the bedrooms , or just request guests to bring their own mug / bottle to use while staying .

  • Anne Barker says:

    Agree with other comments would much rather have water bottle than flip flops but definitely good move on stopping all those plastic cups.

    • Nicki Mason says:

      We have always brought our own water bottles with us when we come to stay and think it’s a great move to remove the single use plastic cups. Well done fully supported by me and my sister. Looking forward to our annual visit in 2 weeks time.

  • Sharon says:

    As a long term annual visitor to Ragdale I’m over the moon about your decision to remove the plastic cups and look forward to many more ‘single use plastic removal initiatives’! Not sure about the complimentary water bottles though as carrying water in plastic containers can cause leaching of harmful chemicals from the plastic into the water. How about sourcing beauty products that are not packaged in plastic? I would definitely choose such products for my treatments if they were available.

  • Anne Maskell says:

    Heartily agree with previous people. I would definitely prefer a water bottle instead of the flip flops, which I can’t use because of peripheral neuropathy in my feet.

  • Patricia Murphy says:

    Well done, Ragdale, we are all trying to reduce our plastic usage – maybe forgo the flip flops or plastic bottles – or offer an alternative product made from bamboo fibre or something biodegradable.
    Even items made from recycled plastic are still plastic and will eventually add to the problem.

  • Sandi Deakin says:

    I agree, the choice of complimentary water bottle or flip flops is a great idea !

  • Wendy says:

    I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to hear this. I left a comment about it when I last visited. Well done Ragdale x

  • Ali says:

    Well done Ragdale ,some simple sustainable unvkeached or coloured paper cups would be handy too

  • Juliet Deane says:

    Well done for cutting down on plastic – we don’t need those drinking cups!
    Have you heard of the `Clean The World’ initiative which recycles all those partly used soaps and toiletries to send off to countries who have little sanitation – and it gets rid of all those plastic bottles too! Might be worth considering?

  • Sarah Taylor says:

    Great news, complimentary water bottle is a fab idea. Looking forward to our time with you again in December

  • Margaret Duddy says:

    Really didn’t like the metal jug with no lid. Not likely to use it. Will make sure I bring a bottle next time.

  • Chris Cann says:

    Excellent! We put a rubber band around our plastic cup, and carry it around with us. Please continue to do all you can to stay green. (This would include providing a usable EV charging point or two – a 13 amp socket for which we have to bring own cables is not good enough – so-called “granny cables” are expensive and most of us don’t have them. A proper 7Kw charger or two, with different connectors on, please!)

  • Jane Case says:

    Well done! Good suggestion about swapping the flip flops for a water bottle. I would love to own one with Ragdale Hall written on it – I am unable to wear the flip flops anyway. Can’t wait to see you all again.
    Jane

  • Karen Spence says:

    As a regular visitor to Ragdale I’m impressed you are doing your big to reduce the single use plastic usage. I agree with a complimentary plastic bottle being provided which would provide advertising the hall at our places of work, gym etc

  • Angela Sheppard says:

    This is great news!
    I agree with others that a welcome Ragdale Hall water bottle instead of flip flops would be the perfect statement and very much appreciated!

  • Mrs Latham says:

    Well done Ragdale! Always leading the way!
    Thank you for all the attention & hard work you give to everything you do. X

  • Susan Davies says:

    Great! Well done! I’ve brought my own water bottle purchased at the Ragdale shop and used the last three visits.

  • Kay McFarlane says:

    I think this is a great idea. I have always brought a reusable bottle with me but was sometimes lazy because I knew there were cups available.

    I think you should give up on the flip flops….I have 4 pairs already….a water bottle would be a better choice….

    See you in October x

  • Karen says:

    How about stopping giving out timetables etc in a plastic wallet.

  • Marie Luke says:

    I have carried my plastic cup around with me for the day but will now bring my reusable beaker. Well done for making a start. Have always hated the sight of so many plastic cups in the bins. Marie

  • Janice says:

    Unfortunately many water bottles did not fit under the water dispensers which meant guests were using the disposable cups to fill up their water bottles. However still means a great reduction in use of plastic cups.

  • kim says:

    Great news that you’re getting rid of the plastic cups! I’ve been bringing a water bottle with me for years now. I love the idea of replacing flip flops with water bottles. How about giving guests a token so they can redeem it for a bottle (or flip flops) at reception / the shop? And if you already have a bottle perhaps you could have some money off a purchase instead.

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