The actions we have implemented
This is a subject that has been at the heart of our concerns since the creation of the Ferme du petit Ségriès. Indeed, when we started the guest house project in 2000, we were supplied with water from a spring which dried up very quickly with the drought of 2003. So very quickly we had to ask ourselves the right questions.
This starts with reducing water expenditure through eco-gestures in cleaning and in the kitchen (« dishes soaked, half-washed »), thermostatic mixers in the showers, mixers on the other water points equipped with foamers, double flushes, awareness of our guests through displays and discussions. In fact, the displays created curiosity and led to exchanges with our hosts who were surprised to learn that in France not all households are connected to a public water network.
Collecting rainwater for irrigation
Waste management and pollution reduction:
By purchasing raw food materials in bulk and/or as little packaging as possible, to move towards eliminating single-use plastics
The dinners are on reservation and all house by favoring the hunt for waste
Use of eco-friendly disinfectants, and natural and home-made detergents
Shower gel and shampoo in dispensers and soaps without unique packaging
Revalorization of organic waste through composting
Implementation of selective waste sorting and reduction of household waste
Recycling of used sheets and towels, batteries, ink cartridges, bulbs, in fact everything that is recyclable
Elimination of paper napkins by using cloth napkins that our guests can choose to use several times
The same goes for towels.
Encourage my suppliers to reduce their packaging
Acquisition of a plant shredder to no longer burn or make trips to the landfill for green waste and use for mulching
Solidarity and circular economy:
Purchases in short circuits use of local and/or organic products for the design of dinner dishes and homemade breakfasts
Some examples of short circuit suppliers:
The jams intended for breakfasts and sold on site are made by myself mainly with fruits from the garden
The goat cheeses come from the Berregart farm in La Palud
The lavender honey comes from the Scipion honey house in Moustiers and the hives are on my land
Shower gel shampoo and soaps are made at Valensole
The lavandin essential oil that I use for the household and that you can also buy comes from my neighbor’s fields and the lavandins planted on my land
Encourage my suppliers to source locally
Right from the construction stage, we opted for efficient low-temperature underfloor heating that consumes little energy.
Gradually we are replacing incandescent bulbs with low consumption LED bulbs and certain areas are lit with presence detectors.
Household appliances (washing machines, dryers, dishwashers) are of energy category A
The facades and surroundings of the house are planted with local plant species that do not require watering and are adapted to our dry climate in order to protect the walls from temperature rises. These efforts, accompanied by simple eco-gestures such as keeping windows and shutters closed during the day in summer and opening them at night, make it possible to effectively combat the summer heat and thus avoid having to use air conditioning. At an altitude of 750m, the nights remain cool and room temperatures do not exceed 24/25° at night in extreme periods. By avoiding air conditioning, we reduce the consumption of electricity and therefore its production and we preserve the water of the Verdon which is precious and not inexhaustible.
Installation of photovoltaic panels in 2010 to take advantage of the generous sunshine of Provence, this energy is reinjected into the network.
Installation of an electric vehicle charging station to allow electric car owners to stay at the Ferme du petit Ségriès.
By choosing the Ferme du petit Ségriès, gite and bed and breakfast in Moustiers Sainte Marie for your holidays, you are also agreeing with us to preserve our planet.