Halsetown, Saint Ives TR26 3LX


Polmanter is a family run, award-winning campsite in St Ives, Cornwall. In 2019, along with other environmental initiatives, we joined Final Straw Cornwall and made the commitment to use only paper straws in our onsite bar, restaurant and shop.

Sustainability Pledges

How we're protecting the planet

As the environmental damage caused by pollution and waste becomes increasingly apparent, it’s up to all of us to help protect our planet. At Polmanter we are committed to minimising our carbon footprint and have been making changes wherever we can to improve our sustainability. Here are some of the new products and practices we’ve introduced. With time, it is becoming increasingly easier to make more eco-friendly choices and we’re always looking for alternatives to single-use plastics. We have started using recyclable coffee cups and lids, and have signed up to 'BYO Coffee Cup', where customers get money off when they choose to bring their own cup. In the shop, we no longer stock disposable plastic plates and have replaced them with reusable, bamboo and paper versions. We offer CanO Water as well as bottled water so guests have an eco alternative; but it’s also worth remembering that we are part of the international Refill scheme, meaning you can refill your reusable water bottles for free in our reception, bar or at any of the taps across the site (all taps are drinking water). As well as tackling disposable plastics, we’re looking at changing other ranges for more environmentally friendly versions, and now stock green camping toilet chemicals. And as we all know, plastic bags have become a major environmental issue. We now supply only certified compostable vegware bags, or why not purchase one of our lovely Polmanter-branded canvas bags and use it every time you shop. Not everything can be made locally; however, if produce can be sourced from St Ives and around, we’ll try to use it. For example, our milk comes from Trink Dairy, just over a mile away, and the gin is distilled in St Ives! We source food for our on-site shop from local farmers and producers, reducing food miles. Recycling has really stepped up across the site, thanks to our customers, and we’re not generating as much waste in the office as we used to, as we’re nearly paperless! We’ve switched to an electronic brochure; and we now send confirmations and other communications via email rather than letter. (However if any guests prefer a paper version and ask for one, we’re happy to oblige). The useful little vehicles you see about the site are now electric rather than diesel, and they’re doing a great job! We have also installed charging points for guest electric vehicles in our car park. As a huge jump towards reducing our carbon footprint, in 2019 we installed an entire field of 950 solar panels. These have been happily soaking up the Cornish sun and producing enough energy to help power the site all year round. In 2020 we made a massive 100 tonnes of CO2 savings!

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