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Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Receives Eco Friendly Award

August 15th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

We received some exciting news earlier this summer, when we found out that our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast was named a Green Leader by TripAdvisor!  Over the past six years, we have been working diligently to turn this historic property into an eco-friendly destination.  At first, the task seemed daunting.  I mean, how could you turn an 1860 Victorian and five guest houses into a lean, mean energy sipping machine?  And since the idea

We've been designated a a green leader!

We’ve been designated a a green leader!

of recycling was not even considered, this seemed like an insurmountable task.  You have to start somewhere, right?  So we began recycling paper products in the office and water bottles abandoned in guest rooms.  That wasn’t enough to satisfy our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, so we went to work on kitchen waste (think the cardboard cartons produce ships in), non-returnable beverage bottles, and even sorting trash from each guest room.

Simply instituting a recycling policy was not going to win us any awards, and light bulbs were next on the agenda.  Gradually we’ve changed from your average incandescent to energy sipping compact fluorescents, with plans to invest in LED bulbs as well.  Unfortunately, the Maine Stay Inn can’t boast 100% use of such bulbs – often in the main house because of its antique fixtures that just don’t look right with the swirly fluorescent types.  Our biggest changes, however, have been behind the scenes, with upgrades to the heating, cooling and hot water systems at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast making everyone more comfortable, but also friendly for the environment.

So we’re proud to announce that TripAdvisor has honored us with a bronze level award for providing environmentally friendly lodging options.  But unlike many, we’re not content with the status quo, so we’re constantly tweaking our energy conservation plans and making changes to make our 19th century Kennebunkport bed and breakfast as energy efficient as possible – and we’re taking suggestions!

Recycling at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

June 30th, 2011 by avadmin

Guests at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast often ask about whether we recycle, and I always answer with a resounding, “Yes!”  While our rooms and suites might not feature those ugly, divided waste bins, all of the staff at the Maine Stay is committed to protecting the environment.  As a result, we sort through your bins each and every day,

Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast recycling

Our mounting recycling pile!

recycling as much as we can.  That may seem a little icky, but we’re just that committed.
Three and a half years ago, the Maine Stay Inn didn’t recycle a single item.  As avid recyclers, it was a shock to come to a place where everything was thrown away, even returnables!  Yes, every water bottle left in rooms was sent to the landfills.  The idea of making our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast eco-friendly was a daunting task, so we started slowly.  We began simply by returning recyclable bottles and cans.  Quickly, however, that change felt insufficient, as we noticed that every milk and juice container went directly into the garbage.  Not cool.  After a trip to the local hardware store for extra large bins and spray paint, the newest addition to our recycling plan was in place.  All the kitchen and office waste that could be recycled was deposited in the bins.  Again, this made a dent.  Well, a small one.
Next we tackled the plethora of boxes which flow into our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, bringing everything fromRecycling at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast toilet tissue and teas to cleaning products and new linens.  So while we were suddenly faced with a growing (and rather ugly) pile of recycling, we realized that the aesthetic unpleasantness encountered twice a month was vastly overshadowed by the positive feedback from guests.  It makes everyone feel good to know that we are recycling.  So we took the plunge and trained our housekeeping staff on what can be recycled and what can’t.  To their credit, they are extremely diligent!
Currently we are working on finalizing the modifications that will allow our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast to become certified as an Environmental Leader.  Yes, soon we hope to be an official Maine Green Lodging Property!  So rest easily on your vacation to Kennebunkport Maine, knowing that we’re doing our part to protect the environment for posterity.