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Some ecologically friendly things about le Moulin du Chemin
With minimum detrimental effect vis-à-vis the environment and while contributing to the enrichment of the local social framework, guests at le Moulin du Chemin can enjoy the delightful countryside, visit local places of historical, cultural and natural interest and indulge in an abundance of wholesome local food and wine. All these ecological plus's at le Moulin du Chemin - as well as a marvellous ambiance!
Carbon Holiday The carbon footprint of city dwellers could well be greater at home than when away on holiday at le Moulin. This is because le Moulin is a rural idyll that has no need for a significant carbon emitting infrastructure. The premise obviously depends on what kind of city-life is under consideration, and where. However, bearing in mind that on holiday individuals are pottering about on foot, on a bike or just pottering about, it’s difficult to see why the premise should not be true.
It is also significant to note that the CO2 emitted in France (in 2006) was 6.2 tonnes per person, whereas in USA the figure was 19.0, in Germany 9.7 and UK 9.4 tonnes per person (source: CDIAC July 2009).
Food Miles We pay attention to the provenance of the food we provide for ourselves and our guests, with reference to quality, including production methods, and food miles. As far as possible ingredients are local. Non-local produce comes from other parts of France and unavoidably imported food is generally from not too distant Spain and Morocco.
Wine Miles The copious quantities of wines served at le Moulin (and included in the price) are local, from Loire Valley, Anjou, Fiefs Vendéen and other wine producing areas within France. Thus the wine-miles may also be considered to be quite favourable.
Portable Water Small bottles of mineral water are provided for guest's convenience, to carry on walks and cycle rides, although we don't entirely condone drinking water in plastic bottles, for reasons of pollution and excessive use of energy. As a compromise, we propose guests should refill the bottles with our very drinkable piped water supplied from the barrage at Mervent. This water has been recycled by Nature, not by Lyonnais des Eaux (if you didn't already know, it Lyonnais des Eaux is a French multi-national water treatment and distribution company). Refilling the bottles saves energy and pollution in plastic manufacture, disposal and transportation.
Sustainability The maximum number of Moulin guests is limited to ten and few other tourists make use of the hundreds of miles of delightful paths, tracks and country lanes in the region. The impact of Moulin guests on the countryside is therefore negligible and consequently, natural habitats are not under pressure from tourism. The balance of good soil fertility, plenty of sunshine and enough rainfall ensures that any minor upsets to local nature are rapidly reconciled.
Other Little Things Little green things will make a difference if enough people make an effort. Here are some more small environmentally friendly things at le Moulin.
ancient sweetchestnut tree
humming-bird hawk-moth photo Maxwell Roche
flowers of the quince fruit
Some ecologically friendly transportation considerations
Arriving by car
In preparation for your holiday try to drive to your destination in a relaxed manner. Internal combustion vehicles burn less fuel and create less pollution and you shed stress. If you can manage to drive in a relaxed manner your holiday will have started sooner than you might have expected. With a little forethought vis-à-vis your schedule, it's quite possible.
To avoid tension arrange your travel so there is time to spare, be sure of your route before setting out and drive unhurriedly.
You become relaxed and less carbon will go into the atmosphere - two feel-good factors.
If it’s convenient for you, the quickest ferry route to le Moulin is from St Malo - only 3½ hours. You can find your greenest route from the chart below, relative to where you live, bearing in mind that ferry miles may be less polluting than car miles.
Arriving by plane
You can fly from a regional airport near you to either la Rochelle, Poitiers or Nantes. In this case you can (try to) pre-order a highly fuel efficient rental car with good emissions control.
Otherwise we can transfer you from and to the airport. However, a transfer involves four vehicle journeys whereas your probable total mileage on holiday would be less, since all the places of interest that we propose are within a short drive. The following driving times between the airports and le Moulin will give you an idea.
Arriving by train
In recent years, quite a few guests have been travelling by EuroStar and TGV, for ecological reasons.To encourage guests who travel by train, a free transfer from and to Niort is offered for guests scheduled to arrive by train prior to 17:00hrs on Sunday.
Arriving by bike
For cyclists, European Bike Express will bring cyclists and their bikes from UK to near le Moulin by luxury bus. We will transfer you between the bus to le Moulin. This has to be one of the lowest carbon ways to travel.
one thing is certain - shorter journeys consume less fuel and cause less pollution
This is strong reason not to venture too far abroad – the panel below gives another compelling reason.
Moulin Holidays - Most Definitely Out of the Ordinary
we hope you will choose an environmentally friendly holiday at le Moulin du Chemin