What is an Eco Lodge?
Definition : (As defined by Sarinbuana Eco Lodge)
An Eco Lodge is sustainably integrated with the Natural, Built and Social Environments
An Eco Lodge offers so much more than a room…
- Is located in a natural area, or a rural area within a short distance to a natural area, and is not significantly impacted by a town site, noise, traffic, or smog.
- Employs land management strategies and systems that protect the environment from pollution and degradation.
- Employs sustainable waste management systems.
- Employs water saving measures.
- Minimizes the use of toxic or non-biodegradable chemicals.
- Has organic food available for guests.
- Annually plants native trees.
- Supports biodiversity.
- Protects native fauna and flora.
- Chemicals are not used in the food production system.
- Uses natural cleaning materials in housekeeping.
- Uses local, sustainable building materials where possible.
- Is small, usually less than 20 rooms.
- Employs energy saving tactics and renewable energy where possible.
- Buildings are built in harmony with the natural surroundings.
- Buildings consume less than 1/3 of the overall land area.
- Buildings reflect traditional designs.
- Uses only local trades persons where possible.
- Recycles organic, and non organic wastes were possible.
- Has a system in place to offset carbon.
- Employs local staff where possible
- Trains and employs local people who are paid at fair wages.
- Informs guests, staff and visitors of the importance and value of a healthy ecosystem and describes how to best enjoy the area without causing negative impacts.
- Joins local village/government meetings and welcomes feedback from the local people.
- Places real value on, and actively supports, the local culture.
- Employs, or has access to, interpretive nature guides who are either trained in biology or have significant local knowledge of the habitat.
- Provides books, posters, maps, photographs, orientation talks to inform guests and visitors about the biology of the area.
- Contributes to the local economy and helps demonstrate that ecotourism is a more sustainable long term way to earn income than destroying or altering habitats for short term gains.
- Is involved in community social and environmental projects.
- Encourages sustainable economic community development.
- The operation strives to harmonise with and highlight the local culture.
What you can do to be an “Eco guest”
Please bring with you :
- Your love of nature
- Natural shampoos – we have waste water gardens that are sensitive to chemicals
- Biodegradable nappies
- If you have any 2nd-hand word cards, toys or games for young children 5 - 10 years .
Other things to consider…
- Offsetting your Carbon foot print – see carbon offsetting.
- Order "Eco Friendly or Raw" meals from our menu.
- Take a walk with our local guides into the rainforest and in doing so IDR25.000 of your fee will go to the Sarinbuana Trekking Guide Association fund.
- Join a workshop with our local community to spread the money around.
- Donate to one of our community projects.
- Donate to our Bird Breeding program