Belize’s Chaa Creek kicks off 2011 Green Initiatives with H2O
Water may not seem to be much of an issue in a lush rainforest, but pollution and the depletion of global resources are, and the Lodge at Chaa Creek is kicking off its 2011 green initiatives program with a water and bottle conservation program that benefits both guests and the environment.
“While we are blessed with an abundance of water at Chaa Creek, we are very mindful of how precious world water reserves are, and when we learned that over 200 billion plastic bottles of drinking water are produced every year, and that some 86% of them are thrown away without being recycled, we thought we should start doing what we could right here,” Chaa Creek proprietor Mick Fleming said after receiving the first delivery of reusable drinking water bottles.
Beginning in February, one month ahead of World Water Day 2011, each guest at Chaa Creek will be given an attractive refillable aluminium water bottle to use during their stay and as a souvenir to take home. Three convenient water filling stations have been set up at the eco resort’s bar, front desk and conference centre.
Mr. Fleming explained that Chaa Creek’s water is processed on site through a high quality filtration system utilising carbon filtration, and ultraviolet purification. “A major part of this project was to produce water that is as safe for consumption as any commercially bottled water,” Mr. Fleming said, adding that commercial bottled water will still be available for guests who prefer it.
“Actually, we made quite a bit of money from sales of commercial bottled water, and now we’ve invested in the technology, infrastructure and the bottles to provide it for free, but this in more in keeping with our ethos, and just fits in better with our other green practices,” Mr. Fleming said.
Chaa Creek has long been recognised as Belize’s leader in sustainable eco-tourism, having been listed as one of the Six of the Best Environmentally Friendly Hotels byCNN’s Traveller and ending 2010 in Delta Airline’s Sky magazine’s Top Ten Eco-Resorts. Mr. Fleming said that in 2011, as in every year, management and staff will be looking for more ways to lessen the resort’s environmental impact and contribute to global conservation efforts.
“We even get very good suggestions and ideas from our visitors,” Mr. Fleming added, “And that was something else we liked about this new water bottle initiative – it involves our guests as well, and they have always responded very positively to our various green initiatives.
“Once you realise that you can do things a bit greener without sacrificing luxury, it all becomes a pretty natural way of doing things”, he said.
For more information about The Lodge at Chaa Creek, contact the property at 877-709-8708, reservations(at)chaacreek(dot)com or visit the web site at http://www.chaacreek.com.