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Bayflowers in Action

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little. Great things are done by a series of small things brought together and small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.

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At Bayflowers we’re aiming to be mindful of the future, but not at the expense of the moment. We enjoy implementing the change that we wish to see in the world. We have adopted the following measures to reduce water and energy consumption, minimise waste production and increase recycling of waste material.

Recycling and Reuse

  • We recycle and/or compost food and landscape waste; we set up a green waste and composting service with a local refuse company called WastePlan.
  • Our recycling bins are clearly marked for recycling (clean and dry), compost (all food waste) and the remainder to go to landfill.
  • Bins are located in the prep kitchen & our garage & guests are informed in our room brochures about our plight for recycling.
  • We keep a stack of previously used paper near printers; use it for drafts, scratch paper or internal memos.
  • We use electronic files rather than paper ones.
  • We switched to bulk-dispensed amenities. This helps to eliminate hundreds of kilos of plastic containers and packaging yearly from individual shower bottles and soap.
  • We offer optional linen and towel reuse programs to multiple night guests.
  • We use biodegradable cleaning products —100% biodegradable products will completely decompose in a landfill or compost within 18 months.
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Energy Efficiency and Conservation

  • We use renewable energy sources such as solar power when possible.
  • We replaced all incandescent bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs, such as light-emitting diodes (LED’s).
  • We installed energy efficient equipment; we use electrical equipment with energy saving features.
  • We installed mobile fans in the rooms to promote air circulation and reduce the need for air conditioning.
  • We installed lights on a timer in trafficable areas.
  • We installed programmable thermostats in hot water geysers.
  • Our pool pump cycle is programmed to run on a timer.
  • We installed skylights where possible to provide sufficient natural day time lighting where needed.
  • We created reminder cards for guests and staff to turn off lights when leaving a room.

Water Efficiency and Conservation

  • The complete guest house is fitted with multi flush toilets.
  • We installed low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
  • We posted signs in guest bathrooms areas encouraging water conservation, and implement an optional linen and towel reuse program for guests.
  • We regularly check for leaks and do repairs.
  • Clothes washers, dryers and dishwashers are filled to recommended capacity for each cycle.
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Water Conservation Laws

Water Efficiency and Conservation

  • The complete guest house is fitted with multi flush toilets.
  • We installed low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
  • We posted signs in guest bathrooms areas encouraging water conservation, and implement an optional linen and towel reuse program for guests.
  • We regularly check for leaks and do repairs.
  • Clothes washers, dryers and dishwashers are filled to recommended capacity for each cycle.
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Landscape

  • Our irrigation system uses filtered greywater from the showers and rainwater.
  • We adjust sprinkler times and durations according to season; we also irrigate during non-daylight hours to limit evaporation.
  • We landscape with drought resistant plants; plant water wise, indigenous plants.
  • We use organic fertilizers and soil amendments.
  • We use our garden offcuts for mulch.

Purchasing

  • We purchase local, organic, and from fair-trade entrepreneurs.
  • We purchase supplies, products, and condiments in bulk.
  • We purchase Energy Star appliances wherever possible.
  • We purchase durable goods of sufficient quality to allow reuse, refinishing and/or upholstering.

Miscellaneous

  • At Bayflowers we are committed to use products that are lead free, biodegradable, have low toxicity, low VOC, are mercury free, recyclable, less hazardous, and durable.
  • We only make us of eco-friendly cleaning products for all cleaning purposes, which are free from petrochemicals, phosphates, chlorine & dyes, and which are 100% biodegradable.
  • We use no or low volatile organic compound (VOC) paint products.
  • We utilize a household hazardous waste drop off site for materials that cannot be thrown in the trash or poured down the drain, such as aerosol cans, electronics, paint, batteries, toner cartridges & chemicals.
  • We use organic insecticides and biocides for the interior and exterior of the hotel property.

Responsible Tourism

What is responsible tourism?

Responsible tourism involves a new and different way of managing tourism which aims to increase and maximise the benefits – economic, social and environmental – and minimising costs for both visitor and host/destination. It is a form of tourism that “creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit” – a phrase coined in South Africa’s tourism capital, Cape Town, in 2002.

What are the benefits? In many tourist destinations worldwide, one often finds a luxurious tourist resort, surrounded by desperate and impoverished communities and much environmental damage and wastage. Responsible tourism aims to change this – it generates economic benefits for the local people, enhancing the wellbeing of host communities. It improves working conditions and access to industry, and involves local people in decision making.

It also makes a positive contribution to the conservation of a country’s natural and cultural heritage, and to the maintenance of the world’s diversity. In the process, it provides more enjoyable experiences for visitors through connecting with local people and their cultures, and a greater understanding of and respect for a country’s cultural, social and environmental issues. Responsible tourism also focuses on minimising negative economic, environmental and social impacts.

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