At The Mission Inn we believe that we have a duty to help improve the world through our actions as business owners and as community members. To that end, we work hard to find ways to put our social responsibility mission into practice. And we are proud of our ongoing contributions to make Cape May — and the world — a better place.
Cape May Strong is a local initiative that grew out of the COVID-19 pandemic. This collaboration between the city, the Chamber of Commerce, and community partners was developed to help local business safely reopen. We were involved in this effort from the beginning and continue to be an active part of the Cape May Strong initiative. We work work with our community partners to ensure the success of all local businesses throughout the current health crisis and beyond. Visit www.capemaystrong.org for more information.
We are committed to doing the little things every day that can have a big impact. That includes recycling around the inn. We try to use products that come in eco-friendly containers whenever we can. And we also encourage our guests to separate our their recyclable items from the trash. Social responsibility is everyone’s responsibility! And every little bit helps.
We are committed to using safe, effective, and eco-friendly cleaning products at The Mission Inn. To that end, we have carefully researched and selected specific CDC-recommended cleaning products to use throughout the inn. To learn more about these products, click here.
We use a lot of water during the summer months! So we installed three eco-friendly rain barrels to use in our gardens. Each of these rain barrels each hold 60 gallons of water! And they can be easily emptied into watering cans to keep our flowers looking beautiful and our herb and vegetable gardens tasting fresh.
We are proud that our gardens have been certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. By using sustainable gardening practices, and planting a variety of native plants, we attract birds, bees, butterflies, and other neighborhood wildlife. And we are replenishing resources for both local and migratory birds and insects.
Since 2016 we have switched over almost all of the lights around the property – both indoors and out – to use LED bulbs. We even changed the lights used on our Christmas decorations to LEDs. And we will continue this initiative to make the inn as energy efficient as possible.
Every spring we grow our own herbs and vegetables to give our chef access to fresh ingredients for her gourmet breakfasts. Our mini crop includes several varieties of tomatoes, peppers, basil, mint, and oregano to name just a few. Also, in the winter months, we use an indoor hydroponic system to ensure fresh herbs all year long.
To reduce the amount of plastic waste that we generate at the inn, we no longer provide water bottles in our guest rooms. Instead, we have a water cooler available in our solarium for guests to use. You are encouraged to bring your own water reusable water bottles, or fill up one of our glasses with fresh spring water from the cooler. We estimate that this keeps more than 3,000 water bottles out of the landfill every year!
All of our bath and body products are part of the Bee Kind collection from Gilchrist & Soames. These fresh and soothing luxury products contain no artificial ingredients and use eco-friendly packaging. They also support ongoing research at the University of California at Davis by donating a portion of their proceeds to their Honey Bee Research Program.
Did you know that social responsibility even extends into the shower? Unlike many hotel chains, we do not provide bath products for our guests in single use plastic bottles. Instead, we make use of a wall-mounted dispenser in every shower to provide easy and eco-friendly access to our Bee Kind bath products.
In 2020, we started collecting plastic bottle caps that will be melted down and used to make a colorful upcycled bench. Unlike plastic bottles, caps can not be easily recycled. So we are on a mission to repurpose and reinvent them, turning them into a functional piece of art. Therefore, we encourage our guests and community members to drop off used bottle caps until further notice.
At The Mission Inn we provide free charging for our guests driving electric cars. Just alert us prior to your arrival and we will provide a convenient power source in our guest parking lot.
Every Christmas, The Mission Inn selects a local charity to support with a donation of the proceeds from our holiday ornament sales. In the past, these have included NJ Audubon, Family Promise, and the Surfrider Foundation of South Jersey. This year we will be donating to the Cape May Food Closet. Every little bit helps!
We salute our military every day of the year, but in November we show them some extra love. As part of the national B&Bs for Vets program, we donate rooms every Veteran’s Day. These are made available to active and retired military personnel for a complimentary Cape May getaway.
While Cape May is thought of as a thriving tourist town, there is a part of our community that struggles to be able to have the basic necessity of food. The Cape May Food Closet works hard to make sure that no one goes hungry. And we are proud to be able to help by delivering dozens of fresh eggs directly to them every week. These are distributed to those in need along with other donated food items.
One of the many things that attracts visitors to Cape May is the town’s ongoing commitment to the arts and culture. Local non-profit organizations offer historic preservation, theater performances, and nature education. While the town hosts an eclectic assortment of art and music events throughout the year. And we support as many as we can both financially and through donations of our time.
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