Our Sustainable Practices

We happily pass on what we have learned over the last 25 years, living here in Bali,

Our sustainability practices are open source.

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If you would like some help to "Eco" up your business in Indonesia please take a look at out Consultancy business here

 

No Chemicals

  • Natural cleaning products are used only on our property & guest rooms

  • Natural and locally produced soaps  in our guest rooms

  • Pure Essential oils for room refresher

  • Pure Mountain water only for drinking & showering 

  • Natural pest control: boric acid, neem oil, freemite & white vinegar) + ant moats around our building to stop ants entering the buildings and night lights over fish pond to attract seasonal flying insects

  • No MSG in our food

  • Natural materials for drink coasters

 

Energy, Land & Water Saving measures

  • Energy consumption through mains power is limited to a max of 7,500 wt at anytime for our entire property including our family area (this is 1/2 the consumption of a normal house hold in developed countries)

  • We encourage guests to turn off their lights when not in use

  • Energy saving LED light bulbs are used only throughout our property

  • Sensor lights are used on our property to illuminate only when required

  • Front load washing machine (water saving)

  • Natural sunlight for drying clothes and gas dryer when sunlight is limited for drying clothes & bedding

  • Change of towels only when guests request or every 3rd day

  • Sky lights & glass tiles for nautral light  

  • Natural gas for cooking & heating water

  • Rechargeable torches in our rooms

  • No red meat on our menu (beef production has a huge carbon and water footprint)

  • low flow shower roses in guest showers

  • No baths to conserve water

  • Vetiver grass hedges and extensive rafus palm platings to stop erosion on sloping areas

  • Swales to stop soil and water loss on property

  • We mulch the garden to protect the soil from erosion, to control weeds and minimize watering

  • Extensive drainage systems to reduce soil erosion & Pintos peanut planting to fix Nitrogen in the soil

  • Vegetables, spices, fruits & herbs are sourced from our Organic gardens

  • Organic fertilizers: seaweed concentrate and local cow manure

  • Over 150 edible and medicinal plants in the garden

Waste Management

  • No plastic straws are used in our restaurant

  • Recycled kitchen oil is used for candles at dinner time

  • Edible kitchen food is feed to our rescued monkeys daily

  • Sewage  & wastewater is treated through vegetated leachfields

  • Glass, plastic bottles & cardboard are recycled at the refuse depot

  • We compost all organic wastes & paper (non glossy) onsite for our gardens

  • No burning rubbish policy (this is a local way to dispose of  rubbish)

  • Sponsored monthly rubbish truck - Picks up rubbish in our village &  takes it to the refuse centre (a joint project instigated by the lodge & now shared with a neighbouring hotel)

Local Culture & Economy

  • Traditional Balinese designs are featured in our buildings

  • Balinese traditional dishes are featured on our menu

  • Our guest activities employ locals only - for low impact activities : Trekking, walks, mountain biking, massage & workshops

  • We employ only locals - 13 full time staff & 16 part time staff

  • We train locals onsite where Hotel skills are not available

  • We offer local trainees to gain experience in the Hotel industry by joining our staff for 3 months for onsite work experience.

  • We train local village men & women to be trekking guides, masseuses, chefs, gardeners and other.

  • We employ teachers to teach Weekly Dance Class for children aged 5 – 12 Yrs

  • We support the local area by giving a donation from our trekking income to improve and develop the rainforest treks

  • We sponsor bi-weekly football training for children aged 5-12 also tournaments & uniforms

  • We sponsor our local children's English class  (seasonally)

  • We sponsor a weekly futsel for young adults - court hire, tournaments & uniforms

  • We employ only local craftsmen to make alterations &  renovations at our lodge.

 

Local Resources

  • Flower arrangements for rooms & our restaurant are harvested  from our gardens only

  • Housing was designed following the natural lay of land

  • Local timbers  & materials harvested from our property or the surrounds (where possible) for furniture and buildings - bamboo, coffee, coconut & jackfruit timber.

  • Locally made terracotta natural floor tiles

  • Bamboo is grown on site for construction purposes

  • Local coconut oil for cooking & salad dressing

  • Organic coffee is grown in our sons garden nearby to supply our guests & staff

  • Herbs & spices come from our organic gardens to make fresh meals, teas & sauces

  • Locally grown palm sugar, vanilla & coconuts

  • Limited imported products  - we  limit our imported products ( from outside Indonesia) 

  • Seedlings grown on site in our seed area

  • We support local plantings often not seen in the local markets now

  • We plant local flowers and trees annually on our property

Conservation & Wildlife

  • Continuous planting to encourage local bird & butterfly population

  • Edible landscape and Permaculture principles are applied on our property

  • Candles with reused cooking oil (no tea lights - we love orangutans!)

  • No palm oil is used for cooking and meals

  • Protection of natural areas including the riparian zone

  • NO TAKE zone in the sourrounding rainforest Seacology project

  • NO catching bird zone in the sourrounding community

  • Tree planting scheme with guest carbon offset

  • Monkey rescue: providing safe healthy home for 3 monkeys that can't be rehabilitated back into the wild

  • Captive wildlife releases - pangolins, native spotted cat, reticulated pythons, native birds

  • Over 20 years promoting wildlife preservation in the local community

  • Bali starling breeding project (working with Begawan foundation)

  • Regular donations to Friends of the National Parks & New cage for confiscated baby Gibbons