Environmental & Social Sustainability

Management Practices

We use:

  • Only Natural cleaning products in your room
  • Bamboo sheets & pillow cases
  • Natural locally produced soaps & insect repellents
  • Energy saving & LED light bulbs throughout the property
  • A Front loading washing machine to reduce water consumption
  • Natural Sunlight & a Gas dryer for drying clothes (Only when needed)
  • Natural unscented laundry soap
  • Natural essential oil spray for room fresheners
  • Natural locally produced liquid soaps – ylang ylang
  • Insect repellents are made from  natural ingredients
  • We process our mineral drinking water for consumption on site – UV filter
  • We change the towels only when guests request
  • We Recycle, Reuse & Compost

Buildings

  • Our housing has been designed for low visual & environmental impact following the natural lay of the land
  • Traditional Balinese designs are featured
  • Local sustainable timbers & materials harvested from our property or the surrounds where possible. i.e. bamboo, coffee, coconut & jackfruit timber for– Furniture & Buildings
  • Sustainable building techniques
  • Rendered bamboo for structural strength for walls in the Kitchen & Restaurant
  • Sky lights & glass tiles for natural light
  • Locally made Terracotta natural floor tiles

 

Fruits, spices and vegetables are harvested from our organic gardens where possible

  • We focus on local traditional dishes
  • Herbs come from the garden to make fresh teas & sauces
  • No MSG in our cooking
  • We buy our produce locally where possible
  • We use locally grown coffee, palm sugar, vanilla, eggs & coconuts
  • We use natural materials for drink coasters
  • No plastic straws
  • Mountain mineral spring water only
  • Eco friendly meals available
  • Local Eggs & Chicken sourced from a small, clean farm
  • Organic rice – when available
  • Limited imported products

In the Garden

  • Growing fruits, herbs & vegetables in our organic gardens
  • Organic fertilisers– Seaweed/ Manure
  • Reusing our grey & black water to feed the gardens via waste water treatment gardens
  • Planting trees to encourage the local bird & butterfly population
  • We compost kitchen scaps

Practice

  • Permaculture principals including edible landscaping and Organic Methods.

Pest control

  • Integrated pest management
  • Natural pest control using Neem sprays for insect control
  • Ant moats around our buildings to stop ants entering the buildings

Garden plantings

  • We have planted all the trees you see on our property except the coconut trees
  • We grow local fruits, herbs & vegetables in our organic gardens
  • We use non- hybrid seeds – where possible
  • Over 100 planted edible & medicinal plants in our gardens
  • Tree plantings to encourage the local bird & butterfly population
  • Edible landscaping & Permaculture principals • Ongoing tree planting - Fruit trees, teak, mahogany, coconut & bamboo
  • Medicine plants

Land management

  • Vetiver grass hedges to stop erosion on sloping areas
  • Extensive Rafus palm plantings to stop erosion on sloping areas
  • Swales to stop soil & water loss on our property
  • We mulch the garden to protect the soil from erosion, to control weeds and tominimize watering
  • Extensive drainage systems to reduce soil erosion

Staff employment

  • We employ 12 full time staff & 16 part time staff
  • We employ local villagers only
  • Our wages are above the recommended Government wage
  • We train inexperienced locals and build capacity in experienced staff
  • We close 2 times a year so our staff can attend the 2 major religious ceremonies
  • Our staff choose their work days to allow time to attend ceremonies
  • In-house, Eco-Tourism, Hospitality and Environmental management training
  • Staff computer and English training
  • Staff are encouraged to read books (in Indonesian) on Eco Tourism and sustainability
  • We have trained 5 local village men & women to be trekking guides, completing First Aid & Environmental workshops (paid per trek)
  • We have trained 2 local women to practice massage, and support 3 women to make an income from massaging our guests We employ teachers to teach Weekly Dance Class for children aged 5 – 12 Yrs
  1. Bi weekly football training for children aged 5 – 12 Yrs

 

  1. A grounds man to look after the school football pitch
  2. A Rubbish truck with driver to pick up rubbish in 6 villages and take it to the refuse center (this is a joint project instigated by the lodge & shared with neighboring hotels)
  3. Local musicians to play for our guests
  4. Local women to sew and make items for the lodge
  • Our energy consumption through mains power is limited to a max 6,500 wt
  • We encourage guests to turn off their lights when not in use
  • We use low flow shower roses in guest showers
  • No baths to conserve water
  • Energy saving & LED light bulbs only throughout the property
  • Energy saving front loading washing machine to reduce water & energy consumption
  • Gas clothes dryer – used only when sunlight is not sufficient
  • Natural gas for cooking
  • Sewage is treated on site through vegetated leachfields
  • No raw sewage is released into the environment
  • Biodegradable cleaning items are used in the guest rooms, kitchen & Laundry compatible with waster water treatment.
  • We Recycle glass & plastic bottles and aluminum cans
  • We Compost all organic wastes & paper (non glossy)
  • All excess non recyclable rubbish is taken to the landfill
  • We have a “No burn” rubbish policy
  • Guests are informed of appropriate dress & information about our local area by discussion with our staff
  • Our business has been approved by the traditional land owners, the local community & the local government
  • Feedback is sought on our business through informal staff feedback & monthly village meetings
  • A part time staff member represents our business at local community meetings and in general throughout the year in the community.
  • We support the local area by giving a donation from our trekking income to improve and develop the rainforest treks
  • Our activities utilise local services only
  • Protection of natural areas including the riparian zone
  • “NO TAKE” zone in the surrounding rainforest* see Seacogy project
  • “NO catching bird” zone in the surrounding community
  • NO burning rubbish on our property
  • Guest Carbon offsetting – tree planting scheme
  • Captive monkey rescue – providing safe homes for captured monkeys, which can’t be rehabilitated back to the wild
  • Captive wildlife releases – Pangolins, native spotted cat, Reticulated pythons, native birds
  • Over 17 years promoting wildlife preservation in the local community
  • Educational wildlife protects signs sponsored by the lodge & STGA
  • Bali Starling Breeding project (working with the Begawan foundation)
  • Our activities aim to be as low impact as
  • We have developed our waterhole as an attraction with minimum impact without disrupting the natural flow of the river
  • We provide education through in room information booklets & also by talking directly with our guests
  • We have a library for information on sustainable practices
  • Guests are welcome to join our village classes & ceremonies
  • We meet regularly with our staff to talk about improvements
  • We teach new skills to our staff on a day to day basis
  • Our guests are able to give feedback through in room feedback forms or verbally
  • We strive constantly to stay up to date and do better- educating ourselves and staff to do the same

 

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