Enviromental Policy

Environmental Policy Statement

Cafe Linnalla is committed to the preservation and sustainability of the coastal Burren for local communities and visitors alike, and to facilitating and enabling visitors to understand the natural and cultural heritage of the region. Cafe Linnalla is committed to minimizing its own environmental impact, as well as that of its visitors.

Energy

  • Lighting in the Cafe is minimal and low energy bulbs and motion sensors are used.
  • Recognizing that freezers are the heaviest users of energy in the Cafe, we continuously seek to review and reduce energy consumption and have a policy in place to do so.
  • Heat generated from the freezers is used to heat the visitor premises and no additional heating system was installed.
  • When purchasing and replacing electrical equipment, A-rated appliances are sourced.

Water

  • Water is sourced from the local public group scheme which supplies water directly fromAillweeMountain.
  • Water is heated with the use of under sink heaters, therefore only the required amount of water is heated as it passes through the tap.
  • Waste water is plumbed to the waste management system.
  • Some of the roof rain water is diverted to a trough for drinking water for the cows (which supply the milk for the ice-cream factory).
  • Toilets are fitted with a short-flush option.

Waste

  • Reduce: Non-recyclable waste is kept to a minimum and is only generated where necessary to satisfy visitor needs e.g. serviettes. Energy consumption in this regard is measured e.g. paper towels v’s hand-dryer. We have very little for the general waste bin.
  • Reuse: All ice-cream containers are re-used and re-filled. Plastic spoons are washed and reused.
  • Recycle: All waste is separated and recyclables are handled by the local waste collection service.

Use of detergents/disinfectants

  • Where possible, a steam cleaner is used to clean industrial equipment.
  • Dishes, utensils, glassware and work surfaces are washed by hand using eco-friendly detergents

Green Purchasing Policy

  • Cafe Linnalla operates a green purchasing policy which is reviewed bi-annually. We are also registered with Board Bia Origin Green program.

Impacts on biodiversity

  • Cafe Linnalla is conscious of the need to protect the local biodiversity, both on sea and land, and is committed to planting native shrubs and bushes along its new walkway to the shore, this will compliment the foraging products we use in our ice cream.
  • We are committed to protecting the shoreline from erosion and pollution. We provide information on the diversity of the shoreline and take part in shore clean up days.

Transport

  • Visitors to Cafe Linnalla are encouraged to walk or cycle part of the way to Cafe Linnalla, and a walkway to the shore is provided.
  • We strive to influence public policy decisions regarding visitor transport in and around the Burren e.g. provision of a hop-on, hop-off seasonal bus service or Kinvara/Ballyvaughan ferry.

Contributing to Conservation

  • The farm of Brid and Roger is part of the REPS program and lands at the shore are Special area of conservation. Our land at Lough Murie is a protected Bird Sanctuary. We are members of Bird watch Clare. and Burren Beo.

Benefiting Local Communities

  • We encourage visitors to walk and cycle on the Peninsulaand use other services that are available. We give talks for our local schools on ice cream and creating flavors from wild ingredients such as wild Burren hazelnuts.

Visitor Feedback

  • An evaluation system is in place. We use two methods 1) Formal, this is a feed back sheet on our website. 2) Informal, chatting to our visitors, asking questions. Feedback information will in future be evaluated formally and acted upon.

Measuring Environmental Impact

  • Cafe Linnalla aims to review and measure its environmental impacts, and that of its visitors, on an annual basis.