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We believe that Mount Desert Island (MDI) is a very special place, and we are trying to do our part to ensure that it will remain as beautiful as it is today for future generations to enjoy. To that end, we are taking steps to be as environmentally responsible as possible and have been certified by Maine as an Environmental Leader. You will also find us listed as a green property on www.istaygreen.org.

You will find that many of the products we supply for your use and that we use to clean the cottages are environmentally friendly.

  • The amenities are provided by Green Suites International (http://www.greensuites.com) as follows:
    • Shampoo: Natura Apricot Keratin
      This oil-free formula nourishes your hair with a mixture of vegetable proteins, botanicals and vitamins
    • Conditioner: Natura Apricot Keratin
      Strengthens hair with a cornucopia of proteins and amino acids
    • Hand Soap / Bath Gel Natura Apricot Keratin
      Natural oils of Apricot, Sunflower and Vitamin are concentrated into a formula of unequaled quality
    Amenities are in large, refillable, pump containers.
  • The cleaner for kitchen and bath is Clean and Green #9 General Purpose Washroom Cleaner Concentrate from Swish (www.swishclean.com). It is a concentrated hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner and is EcoLogo Certified (Canadian equivalent of Green Seal). Baking soda is also used to clean the shower and toilets.
  • The carpet cleaner is Enviro Solutions Carpet Extraction Cleaner from Swish (www.swishclean.com).
  • We use organic laundry detergent.
  • Facial tissue is from Green Forest and is 100% recycled and 90% post-consumer content. Visit following link for NRDC: A Shopper's Guide to Home Tissue Products
  • The toilet paper is from either Earth First or Green Forest, both of which are 100% recycled with 80%/90% post-consumer content.
  • We use Seventh Generation dish detergent.
  • We recycle old towels to clean the cottages.
  • We use vinegar and towels to clean the windows, rather than window cleaner and paper towels.
  • We use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Old sheets and bath towels are donated to shelters and/or the SPCA.

A recycling bin has been provided under kitchen sink along with a list of items that may be recycled. We will collect the recyclables daily and sort them for you. A container has been placed on the deck for Composting.

We participate in Project Planet. Guests place towels in bottom of shower when they want fresh ones. Sheets are changed when the guest leaves the card on the bed. This results in reduced water, energy and detergent use and decreased sheet/towel replacement (all of which help the environment).

We are always trying to improve, so products may change occasionally as we try out new organic offerings.

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