We wish to leave our environment in better condition for future generations, with a commitment to recycling, conserving resources, solar water heating, composting, buying local products, environmental projects and reducing energy needs.

Carl and Jeanne are happy to share ideas on sustainability and improving our environment.

We save unwanted batteries, glass, packaging, plastics, clothing, newspapers or other items for safe recycling. These are collected each week. Unwanted brochures and cards may also be reused.

Carl has constructed much of McCormick House furniture from recycled wood. Several examples are shown in the Chiselwood collection.
Our Palm Room has newly completed bedside cabinets and writing desk, made from eight different, recycled timber types.

Grass clippings, leaves, twigs, coffee grinds, wood shavings, wood ash, chicken litter, shredded paper etc, are all added to our bins for compost. 1.5 cubic metres of compost is produced each year for distribution around our large native garden.

Battery Electric Lawn Mower
After a lifetime of petrol lawnmowers, we have made the change to a battery lawnmower, which easily cuts our grass, quietly and efficiently, with less effort.

Energy Savings:
We buy energy efficient electrical appliances, monitor energy use and solar panels heat our guest water. We have installed energy efficient light bulbs and have introduced new age led bulbs for further savings. Guest rooms are protected with recycled glass insulation to provide soundproofing, minimize summer heat, and retain warmth when cooler.

Native Plant Revegetation Programme:
You are welcome to look over our seedlings of Coprosma, Karaka, New Zealand Nikau Palms and other types.
These will be added to the McCormick House native garden.
Carl has designed and made several lightweight pest boxes used to trap predators around Kaipupu Point Mainland Island restoration project.
McCormick House also supports Picton Dawn Chorus

Water saving:
Dual flush water cisterns, optional laundry servicing policy, rainwater collection, trickle irrigation and garden mulch all help contribute to save water

Local suppliers:
We support our local farmers markets and growers for produce, wineries and other local businesses wherever possible. Much of our food is produced on site, including eggs from our hens, bread, strawberries, kawakawa tea and herbs.

Qualmark Environmental Sustainability Gold Award 2009 to October 2014
Trip Advisor Green Leaders Platinum Level Award 2015
McCormick House 21 Leicester Street Picton Marlborough New Zealand
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“Special thumbs up for the commitment to sustainability and showing that being environmentally friendly is not an extra burden but involved with everything they do.”

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