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Friday, January 14, 2011

Housekeeping with a conscience

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Here at the Douglas Fir Resort we receive a lot of positive feed-back regarding our impeccable housekeeping service. We take pride in our hotel and seek to provide only the best quality and service to our guests – but ensuring that 130 rooms and chalets, fitness center, play-zone, pools and waterslides are all kept spotless takes a lot of time, energy and zest!

The lady behind the magic is our enchanting Housekeeping Manager, Veronica Park. Having been with the Douglas Fir Resort for 3 years, Veronica has ensured that her socially-conscience mindset and passion for the environment has translated into her work, and your room!

Veronica has applied various eco-friendly initiatives at the Douglas Fir Resort which extend from us cleaning the tiles in the bathrooms to you washing your hair. I would like to highlight these initiatives in this blog.

Not noticeable to the untrained eye, each kitchen at the Douglas Fir Resort now sports 100% bio-degradable garbage bags. In addition to this, Veronica has reduced our ‘plastic consumption’ by providing a bio-degradable shampoo and conditioner bottles made from corn starch in each room. Plastic makes up 80% of the volume of litter on roads, parks, and beaches and makes up 90% of floating litter in the ocean – now thank you to Veronica, we can say that the Douglas Fir Resort is doing their part to reduce this major environmental issue.

A key element of our housekeeping service of course involves cleaning products! Through extensive research Veronica came across the brand Shaklee which produces vegan-friendly, organic, natural cleaning products. We have adopted these products to clean everything - from the floor, to wiping down the kitchen benches and scrubbing the toilet bowls. These natural, chemical and pesticide free cleaning products are even being used by our guests in the form of both the dish-washing powder and kitchen detergent that we provide. In fact, the only chemical cleaner that we use at the hotel is the sanitizer used on our toilets and the children's play-zone.

Last, but not least, understanding the importance of a cozy bed and a good night’s sleep, Veronica has ensured that guests are provided with hypo-allergenic pillows. How thoughtful!

On behalf of the Douglas Fir Resort I would love to thank Veronica –and of course her hard-working staff – for being such an inspiring, passionate co-worker and ensuring a fresh and sparkling clean environment for both our guests and staff.

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