UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man

Who is involved?

Our list of project partners is growing rapidly and encompasses businesses, schools, charities and community groups across the Island.

Business:

Wild Mann Tours
Wild Mann Tours
http://www.wildmanntours.co.uk

Wild Mann Tours is a Blue Badge tour guide showing off the Isle of Man’s natural beauty and cultural heritage to visitors – and promoting the Island as a special place to live, work and visit.

It assists large and small groups, including cruise ship passengers, to see the best of the Isle of Man.

It encourages visitors to explore the Island by foot, bicycle and public transport, to respect the environment and, on walks, to collect any litter they find and dispose of it responsibly.

In addition to catering for visitors, it offers guided walks to local groups and participates in Manx National Heritage open days.

The Island’s Biosphere status is a real selling point in attracting visitors and a key talking point with them when they arrive, the organisation says.

Baie Mooar Guesthouse
Baie Mooar Guesthouse
http://www.baiemooar.com/

Baie Mooar Guesthouse is a scenic bed and breakfast in Ramsey, Isle of Man.

In a picturesque setting, this bed and breakfast takes good care of its guests, its property and its surrounding environment.

During your stay, it will be comforting to know that Baie Mooar reduces its plastic waste where possible. It uses re-fillable glass bottles of tap water for rooms and all complimentary toiletries are in re-fillable and reusable plastic.

Your breakfast is as fresh as the sea air, with ingredients locally sourced, where possible, to support local businesses and the Island's economy. Baie Mooar Guesthouse also run a supper club, showcasing the best of the Manx produce.

All cleaning products are eco-friendly and the lights are energy saving, too, with sensor lighting in hallways to reduce energy consumption.

Using local tradesmen, Baie Mooar Guesthouse has refurbished its entire property, repairing instead of removing and renewing.

Baie Mooar has strong links with tourism attractions and other B&Bs, as well as supporting local events and promoting the Isle of Man in its marketing.

Run by proud locals, this B&B does more than cater to you in the morning and night, helping guests plan their stay with advice on trips and where to go/ what to do, to ensure their guests have the best possible stay.

During Cylclefest, discounted rates were given to those staying, in support of the event, and a Manx Litfest writers' retreat was held at Baie Mooar, with the discounted rates included.

As a partner, Baie Mooar will promote UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man through social media, guest information packs and by encouraging other accommodation providers to get involved.

Robinson's
Robinson's
https://www.robinsons.im/

Robinson’s fresh fruit, vegetable, fish and flower wholesaler and retailer is one of the Isle of Man’s longest established and best known family businesses.

Established on a market stall 131 years ago, Robinson’s has a 50,000 square foot distribution centre and supplies its own and other shops, the hospitality trade, leisure providers, businesses, care establishments and schools with more than 6,000 products.

Robinson’s contributes massively the Island’s economy both as a leading employer and purchaser from/distributor for local farms, growers and manufacturers.

Its Isle of Man Hampers and Paddy’s Fish branches promote Isle of Man food, drink and seafood on and off the Island. Its fish smokehouse was last year the winner of two prestigious Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food.

Robinson’s promotes healthy eating and wellbeing and works with education to run events for, and provides free samples to, all the Island’s schools. To mark its 130th anniversary last year, it launched Fruit for Schools and Fruit for Offices initiatives.

It sponsors and exhibits at the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival, the biggest annual showcase of local produce, and generously sponsors the Chef of the Year and Student Chef of the Year competitions that culminate at this festival. Both contests promote local food and the economy.

Investment in technology and integrated use of social media also promote the Isle of Man and its great range of produce to wide audiences.

Dry Planet Ltd
Dry Planet Ltd
http://www.dry-planet.co.uk

Dry Planet Ltd is a manufacturing and trading company of water efficiency products.

Dry Planet helps save water by introducing water efficiency measures in the home or the workplace.

Their award winning Save-a-Flush product has been reducing water consumption for the past 10 years.
Dry Planet’s home is the Isle of Man and they trade across the UK, primarily working with water companies who buy self branded Save-a-flush and in Africa, Australia, USA, Europe, the Middle East & the Caribbean. Their product can be personalised for companies to promote their sustainability goals and to educate.

The business has supplied Manx Utilities and is aiming to do more locally to promote the importance of water efficiency.

Give Me Tap is another partnership of theirs which reduces the need for single use plastic water bottles through purchasing their branded and reusable drinking bottles.

Give Me Tap supplies free water refills in cafes and public buildings which join Give Me Tap. The money from purchasing your water bottle goes towards building water pumps for water poor regions in Africa.

Dry Planet supplies schools across the UK with their Hippo branded product to aide Eco projects and locally the Hippo water saver has been used by students in Queen Elizabeth II School. The Hippo brand is known globally and saves water in the workplace and in homes.

In the commercial property they own in Douglas, they have installed LED lighting and eradicated the use of paper hand towels in WCs. Dry Planets next aim is to reduce single use plastic and recycle all appropriate waste at the building.

Dry Planet supports the local community, as supporters of Beach Buddies they have sponsored the purchase of one of the large refuse bins to help keep our beaches plastic free.

Dry Planet can be found at local events such as agricultural shows where they promote their business and they support local cultural and charitable events.

Island Escapes
Island Escapes Ltd
https://www.islandescapes.im

Island Escapes is a self catering holiday lettings agency that selects properties for their quality and features.

Island Escapes manages many of the properties it lets, on behalf of the owners so is able to educate guests about water consumption and avoiding excessive laundry. It uses environmentally friendly cleaning products at its properties.

It also encourages its property owners to do the same.

Guests arriving at Island Escapes properties receive a welcome pack that includes a range of produce including Manx milk, juices, cheese and cakes, supporting those local businesses. The company will work with Isle of Man food and drink providers to enable guests to order additional items for their stay, or to take home.

Island Escapes is sponsoring a leaflet being produced by the Manx Wildlife Trust, showcasing its reserves. It has adopted the MWT as its chosen charity for 2018/19 and is asking those booking its properties to pay a voluntary £3 donation that will go to the MWT.

The company strongly promotes UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man in its global marketing of the Isle of Man online and on social media.

Butterfingers
Butterfingers Ltd
http://www.butterfingers.im/

Butterfingers creates cakes for all occasions, using as many local ingredients as possible.

The business is committed to sustainability, uses biodegradable packaging and has removed the plastic 'window' on cake boxes to contribute towards reducing single use plastic waste.

All compostable waste is taken to its farm and converted into fertilisers which are then used on its fields. This includes any packaging from goods coming into the business and any food leftovers.

In its cake production, Butterfingers uses the highest energy rated appliances and, for delivery, the most energy efficient vehicle.

The Happy Bird Company
IoM Fresh Ideas
https://www.thehappybirdcompany.co.uk/

IOM Fresh Ideas is a business based here in the Isle of Man making Bird Biskits as a wild bird food.

We source as many of our raw materials as possible, such as grains, locally from Isle of Man farmers. We buy material from Laxey Glen Mills where available and look to working with farmers to develop special seed growing in the future.

The making of Bird Biskits encourages householders to recycle waste cooking fats and oils rather than pour them down the sink. This turns a waste into a valuable resource by using it to produce high energy bird food for wild birds: taking care of our environment and sustaining our wildlife.

We are investigating premises where we can provide both meaningful work and new experiences for disabled workers.

A new product to reduce cross contamination of disease in wild birds has a Patent Application and Priority Date lodged with the Intellectual Property Office so that we can now bring it to the public domain and develop stronger relations with specialist Island Groups with the intention of flying the Biosphere flag on and off Island.

We are engaging with the local community with sponsorship programmes, particularly running educational projects in schools.

MannVend Ltd
MannVend Ltd
http://mannvend.com/

MannVend Limited is a refreshment specialist supplying to the catering trade and workplaces.

The company is taking part in an innovative green waste initiative that is leading the way in British Isles.

More than 100 MannVend customers are using Vegware products that are made of plant materials and are biodegradable .

The company ran a successful trial to compost Vegware packaging waste at Ballaneven under the guidance of DEFA and the site is now licenced to receive and compost certain types of biodegradable packaging wastes.

Ballaneven doesn’t currently have the infrastructure to compost other types of biodegradable packaging waste but MannVend is supporting this aim.

To further contribute to plastics reduction and encourage responsible disposal of waste, MannVend offers customers machines that dispense still, carbonated and flavoured water into reusable bottles.

It has machines that crushes used cans, bottles and plastic cups –rendering them easier to store and transport for recycling – and issue a reward voucher for deposits.

A proud Manx business, MannVend sources everything locally where possible in support of the economy and works with local artisans. For example, its Noa Bakehouse ‘bean to cup’ machine, using the bakery’s own roast, is popular with workplaces and caterers.

MannVend supports the environmental charity Beach Buddies with advertising on the screens of its dispensing machines, promoting the responsible disposal of used plastics and assisting it in gaining new volunteers.

MannVend is also active in the Manx community. It operates a feed station at the Manx Telecom Parish Walk, a major charity fundraiser. MannVend’s managing director is patron of the Isle of Man Live At Home Scheme and the company supports the charity’s events and fund-raising.

Isle of Man Newspapers
Isle of Man Newspapers Ltd
http://www.iomtoday.co.im/

Isle of Man Newspapers publishes the Isle of Man Examiner, Isle of Man Courier and Manx Independent and accompanying supplements and special titles.

A long-standing local employer, it supports the sustainable development of the Isle of Man’s economy by encouraging readers to Think Local and Buy Local.

Its Awards for Excellence promote the Island’s achievements national and internationally.

Its Destination Isle of Man publication encourages people to relocating to, and visit, the Island.

Its weekly coverage in its three titles reflects and records life in the Isle of Man, featuring the wide range of community, cultural and heritage events that take place here.

The newspapers publicise the work of environmental groups and initiatives and feature the benefits of, and partners of, UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.

The Awards for Excellence will, in 2018, include a new ‘Commitment to the Environment and Sustainability’ category.

Isle of Man Newspapers aims to minimise its own impact on the environment by producing all its products on recycled paper, recycling all unsold products, working towards a paperless office, using low energy lighting, encouraging car-pooling and allowing weekend staff to work from home.

Discover Diving, Isle of Man logo
Discover Diving - Isle of Man
http://www.discoverdiving.im/

Discover Diving has been a UNESCO Biosphere partner from the early days of the project.

Our divers and snorkelers regularly explore the marine environment and have provided images and data to support marine conservation for years.

Discover Diving collect marine creatures to support the touch tanks and educational work carried out by the Manx Wildlife Trust as well as providing scientific data to help marine management by DEFA.

At the dive centre we actively recycle and have banned single use plastic water bottles from our dive trips. We operate an energy efficient compressor and have been reducing our carbon footprint by providing a cylinder testing service based on the Isle of Man (which stops cylinders being shipped to England and back).

We regularly visit schools for marine education sessions. In 2016 we launched a series of snorkel trails (details on our website) to encourage everyone to do some marine exploration. We also offer beach ranger sessions for those who don’t want to get wet but do want to learn about the amazing life of marine creatures.

We offer training for all ages in snorkelling and diving so if you would like to see what lies beneath the waves in our stunning natural habitat, please get in touch.

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UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man is open to everyone. You are welcome to be involved, providing you support the principles outlined in The Biosphere Isle of Man Pledge. This is the pledge that our partners have signed up to. Encapsulating the aims of the project, this is the Pledge that all our partners sign up to.

If you are interested in being involved as a business, you’ll find more information about the benefits of being a partner and how it all works in the Project Partners Guidelines for Businesses and also for Schools, Community Groups and Charities.

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