Around the hotel

Here is what you can see in action:
We use pencils made from recycled CD cases in our meeting rooms and bedrooms
We offer our guests the option to re-use rather than replace towels and bed linen
Our bottled water supplier Belu invests in WaterAid, an international charity that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation
All of our brochures are available on line to save on print and paper
Our wine supplier supports and donates to a village  in South Africa
Our Spa products are Ytsara, Sundari and isgha are all organic or botanical
We support the Northumbrian Living Water Campaign 
All our guest bedrooms are fitted with low energy light bulbs
Correspondence with colleagues, guests and suppliers is done electronically where possible
A carbon footprint offset option is available when booking on the hotel’s website

Behind the scenes

Here are some initiatives you don’t see:
During our refurbishment program we donate any old pieces of furniture to our nominated charity Home Start Seaham
We make our own compost from garden waste
We recycle waste oil from our kitchen, paper and cardboard
Our food waste is sent to a Biomass plant and recycled into fuel
We have made a considerable investment into replacing our light bulbs with LED lighting
We are working with Steadfast to help eliminate our Carbon Footprint and become a self-sustained business
We work with Barden Renewables to transform energy spent at the hotel by using CHP.  The combined heat then produces gas and electricity for the site, and in return reduces fuel bills by up to 55-60%
We are also working with Barden Renewables on a project to reduce software waste by introducing a technology on each of our PC’s to reduce the amount of energy required
We donate some of our glass bottles to local company http://totesadore.com/ who transform them into objects of art
Our office printers are set to print in black ink to save on ink.  Cartridges are recycled with the Great North Air Ambulance
We promote the use of email and document scanning in all departments rather than printing
Our waste water is reused for heating systems

Business Responsibility Awareness

What we’d like to share with you:
We run an active and energised CSR committee, both to drive our existing policies and to seek new initiatives 
We encourage our guests to enjoy our 37 acres of fresh air and have bicycles and maps for them to use.
We encourage guests to travel by train by promoting the fact we are located only 20 minutes from the City of Durham and just under 3 hours from London
We support ‘Global Wellness Day’ which is an annual awareness event that promotes the importance of healthy living to our colleagues, members and guests
Food Miles is a vital concept in the planning and purchasing of the hotel supplies: we ensure that what we buy comes from local and sustainable sources wherever possible
We choose a local community charity each year and fundraise throughout the year for this charity.  We also pledge 52 hours labour per year to be used as an when required whether it be decorating, gardening or shopping
Our restaurants feature seasonal produce which reaches the hotel very fresh, having travelled a short distance
We forage seasonal ingredients from our grounds including; wild garlic, sorrel, pine, seabuck and gorse flowers
Our waste management initiatives are working towards completely off-setting our carbon emission

Social Responsibilities

What we contribute to our community:
We are committed to employing candidates from the local area
We have a good working relationship with Sunderland College and New College Durham
We are involved with several organisations to ensure our local community links are forged, including:
Destination Seaham in partnership with Durham County Council, Sunderland Business Group, Durham Business Group, North East Chamber of Commerce, Visit County Durham, George Elmy Life Boat Museum, St Mary the Virgin Church, Seaham
We actively promote and support local companies
Seaham Waves, Lickety Split, North East Karting, Beamish Museum, Durham Cathedral , Crook Hall and Gardens
We allow local art students to display their work in the hotel
We regularly distribute our ‘Calendar of Events’ in and around the Seaham area with offers for local residents, otherwise known as our ‘Friends of Seaham Hall’