Bankside knows how important it is protect and support the environment. Everyone at the hotel tries really hard to minimise our effect on the environment, we are also passionate about supporting our local community.

Everyday we wear two hats. One that wants to help the environment and one that provides great service at a standard we know you’ll expect. Sometimes it’s hard, but it’s always rewarding.

Controlling our energy consumption is paramount, and we need to work diligently 
to reduce our carbon footprint by introducing procedures and processes to control our daily energy use, and decreasing our energy requirements by effective policies and the use of energy efficient equipment.

Our goals

• To fully comply with what the law requires us to do, both now and in the future.

• To strive to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and conserve natural resources, but keep everyone safe and comfortable.

• Educate & train staff in environmental issues and how we can be as energy efficient as possible; so create an environmentally-aware working culture.

• To adopt a zero-to-landfill policy & increase the recycling ethos in everything we do.

• To set measurable targets to reduce energy consumption year-on-year.

• To ensure we work alongside and support our local community.

Taking waste seriously

• We are aiming to reduce waste on our own and by partnering with a leading recycling company. We will set targets to increase our recycling every year for cardboard, white paper, glass, plastic, aluminium cans, food waste, lamps, batteries, waste timber, white goods, and metals. Our aim is to maintain recycling levels of at least 98% of waste generated.

• The kitchen puts waste into separate food bins. Looking ahead, we plan to donate to food banks. We have no plastic utensils/bins. All bins are made of metal. There are separate recycling bins for every item (paper, food, metal, batteries). Waste vegetable oil is sent back to the suppliers to recycle.

• We always try to encourage suppliers to reduce their packaging via decanted and consolidated deliveries, so reducing the amount of vehicles on roads, therefore reducing CO2 emissions.

Ethical and sustainable focused brands, where possible:

• Responsibly-sourced food products & ingredients, following seasonal trends and sourcing locally wherever possible, to reduce food miles.

• Volcano Coffee Works – this is served in our restaurant, bar & kiosk. 15% of their revenue goes to Crisis, the UK’s largest homeless charity.

• Public area floors provided by Kaswell Flooring Systems which is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The timber is sustainably sourced.

• Our hand wash & lotion is made by The Soap Co, made by people who are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. Body wash, shampoo & conditioner come from Grown Alchemist – a natural, organic skincare line.

• Joe’s Tea Co., with these certifications:: USDA organic, SOIL associations, EU bio approved, FOOD MADE GOOD approved suppliers.

Built to be sustainable

• Several tables in the Lobby are made from recycled plastic.

• Our linen re-use programme for towels & sheets. We plan to participate in the Marriott ‘plant a tree’ campaign.

• We use low VOC paint throughout Bankside to reduce the emission of harmful toxic chemicals into the air .

• All our carpets are made of 100% wool. No glue is used, so no VOCs are given off.

• Solar panels are installed, they are very sustainable & totally inexhaustible.

• We have bee hives on our roof top. We use the honey throughout Bankside. Our bees will also help sustain the environment.